May 4, 1989: Hojo Homers in 10th
|Date: May 4, 1989|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Winning pitcher: Randy Myers|
|Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Howard Johnson|
|Key play: McReynolds' single in 6th, Johnson's homer in 10th|
The Mets and Reds faced each other on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. It was an extra-inning game between the National League's division-leading teams. The Mets emerged with a 3-2 victory on Howard Johnson's home run in the 10th inning.
The Reds scored a run against Ron Darling in the second inning. Paul O'Neill led off with a walk, stole second base and advanced to third on catcher Gary Carter's throwing error. O'Neill came home on Todd Benzinger's ground out. Benzinger's single in the fourth scored Barry Larkin with another Cincinnati run.
In the sixth, Mookie Wilson singled for the Mets' first hit off Reds' starter Danny Jackson. A walk to Johnson followed and Tim Teufel singled to score Wilson. With two out, Kevin McReynolds got the Mets' third single of the inning to bring home Johnson and tie the game, 2-2.
The Reds missed on an attempted suicide squeeze attempt in the top of the seventh inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Cincinnati reliever Norm Charlton walked two batters, but the Mets failed to score. Neither team broke the tie in the ninth and the game went into extra innings.
Mets' reliever Randy Myers retired the Reds in order in the top of the tenth. In the bottom half, Rob Dibble struck out Wilson before Johnson came up to bat. Howard hit a home run to win the game for the Mets. The crowd at Shea went home happy.