May 5, 1995: Jones Leads Shutout of Reds

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Date: May 5, 1995
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 3
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Edgardo Alfonzo, Bobby Bonilla
Key play: Alfonzo’s two doubles, Bonilla’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Bobby Jones pitched eight innings for the win in a 3-0 Mets victory.

Jones and the Reds’ Pete Schourek each hurled a pair of scoreless innings to start the game. Ricky Otero hit a double with one out in the top of the third. Edgardo Alfonzo doubled to drive home Otero and advanced to third base after Jeff Kent’s fly out to center fielder Deion Sanders. Bobby Bonilla got hit by a pitch and Schourek struck out Carl Everett to end the inning. Jones then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Tim Bogar singled with two outs in the top of the fourth. Jones hit a single and Schourek retired Otero on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Barry Larkin. Ron Gant drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Hal Morris singled and Reggie Sanders grounded to third baseman Alfonzo for a double play to close out the inning. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Bonilla homered to increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Everett walked and moved to second base on a balk. Schourek issued a walk to David Segui and Cincinnati reliever Tim Pugh retired Todd Hundley on a line drive to second baseman Bret Boone for the third out of the inning. Jones then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Jones and Pugh each pitched scoreless ball from the sixth inning to the eighth. With one out in the top of the ninth, pinch-hitter Bill Spiers singled against Reds’ reliever Xavier Hernandez. Otero flied out to Deion Sanders and a double by Alfonzo plated Spiers for the Mets’ third run of the game. Hernandez then got Kent to fly out to Deion Sanders and finish off the inning.

To begin the bottom of the ninth, New York’s John Franco retired Boone on a fly ball to left fielder Joe Orsulak. Larkin singled and moved to third base on a double by Gant. Pinch-hitter Brian Hunter fouled out to first baseman Bonilla and a walk to Reggie Sanders loaded the bases. Franco then got pinch-hitter Benito Santiago to ground out to second baseman Kent and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout win to start the weekend series.