May 5, 1980: Hodges' Double Beats Reds in 10th

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Date: May 5, 1980
Mets starter: Mark Bomback
Mets: 3
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Jeff Reardon
Key player(s): Ron Hodges, Mark Bomback
Key play: Bomback's double in 5th, Hodges' double in 10th

The Mets began a three-game series with the Reds on a Monday night. The crowd at Shea Stadium was treated to an extra-inning game. The Mets emerged with a 3-2 win on Ron Hodges's run-scoring double in the tenth.

The Mets got a run against Cincinnati starter Tom Seaver in the bottom of the first inning. Joel Youngblood led off with a double and moved to third base on Doug Flynn's sacrifice bunt. Lee Mazzilli followed with a ground out on which Youngblood scored. Mets starter Mark Bomback then got through the top of the second inning without a run, despite walking the bases loaded.

Ken Griffey got one-out triple for the Reds in the top of the third inning. Griffey came home when Ray Knight grounded out to shortstop Mario Ramirez. Seaver shut down the Mets in the bottom half and neither team scored in the fourth.

Bomback held Cincinnati scoreless in the top of the fifth. Jose Cardenal began the bottom of the inning with a single off Seaver. Alex Trevino hit into a force play and advanced to second on a ground out by Ramirez. Bomback followed with a double to score Trevino and give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

The Reds loaded the bases with one out against Bomback in the top of the sixth inning. Mark was replaced by reliever Ed Glynn, off whom Cesar Geronimo hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Knight with the tying run. On the play, Mazzilli cut off the throw to the plate and got Dan Driessen for the third out with a throw to Ramirez.

Pat Zachry pitched scoreless relief for the Mets in the seventh and eighth innings. Seaver continued to hold down the Mets without a run. In the ninth, Jeff Reardon shut down Cincinnati and Reds' reliever Doug Bair pitched a perfect bottom half to send the game to extra innings.

The Reds failed to score against Reardon in the top of the tenth inning. With Trevino on first base and one out in the bottom half, Ron Hodges came up to pinch-hit for Ramirez. Hodges hit a double to left field that scored Trevino and ended the game. The Mets had an exciting victory.