May 3, 1985: Heep and Dykstra Lead Mets Past Reds
|Date: May 3, 1985|
|Mets starter: Ed Lynch|
|Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch|
|Key player(s): Danny Heep, Lenny Dykstra|
|Key play: Dykstra’s home run, Heep’s single and double|
The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Riverfront Stadium. Danny Heep drove in five runs and Lenny Dykstra homered in his major league debut as the Mets came away with a 9-4 win.
Reds’ starter Mario Soto struck out Dykstra to begin the top of the first inning. Wally Backman popped out to third baseman Nick Esasky and a home run by Keith Hernandez gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Soto fanned Gary Carter for the third out and Mets’ starter Ed Lynch pitched a scoreless bottom half. Soto and Lynch each hurled a perfect second inning and Rafael Santana singled to open the top of the third. Lynch went down on strikes and Dykstra hit a two-run homer. Backman followed with a single and stole second base. Hernandez grounded out to second baseman Ron Oester to move Backman to third. Soto then got Carter on an inning-ending ground ball to Esasky.
Eddie Milner singled with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. An ensuing double by Pete Rose scored Milner with the first Cincinnati run of the game. Dave Parker singled to drive home Rose and a strikeout of Cesar Cedeno ended the inning. Darryl Strawberry tripled to begin the top of the fourth. Heep hit a sacrifice fly to plate Strawberry for the Mets’ fourth run. Howard Johnson drew a walk and stole second base. Soto retired Santana on a grounder to Esasky and fanned Lynch to close out the inning. Ed then set down the Reds 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Dykstra singled and stole second base to start the top of the fifth inning. Backman drew a walk and Hernandez hit a ground ball to Oester for a double play. Carter and Strawberry drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Heep followed with a single that brought home Dykstra and Carter for a 6-2 Mets lead. Heep stole second base and Soto struck out Johnson to end the inning. For Cincinnati, Dave Van Gorder singled to lead off the bottom half. Lynch then retired the next three batters on outfield fly balls to close out the inning.
Reds’ reliever Joe Price pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Parker homered to begin the bottom of the inning. Cedeno singled and Esasky flied out to left fielder Heep. Dave Concepcion hit a force play grounder to shortstop Santana and a fly ball by Esasky was caught by center fielder Dykstra for the third out. The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Heep hit a double to drive home Hernandez and Carter. Price walked pinch-hitter Ray Knight intentionally to reload the bases. Cincinnati’s Carl Willis threw a wild pitch to score Strawberry for the Mets’ ninth run. Santana hit a grounder on which Heep was out at home on a throw by shortstop Concepcion to catcher Van Gorder. Willis then struck out Lynch to finish off the inning.
Lynch retired all three Reds batters in the bottom of the seventh. Cincinnati reliever Frank Pastore shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, Parker hit his second homer for the Reds’ fourth run of the game. Cedeno grounded out to first baseman Hernandez and a walk to Esasky followed. Concepcion flied out to right fielder Strawberry to end the inning. Cincinnati’s Ted Power then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.
Oester singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Van Gorder popped out to second baseman Kelvin Chapman and pinch-hitter Duane Walker flied out to Strawberry. Milner hit a single to advance Oester to second base. Lynch then retired Rose on a game-ending fly ball to Heep. The Mets had a victory to begin the three-game series.