May 6, 1990: Mets Come Back in 11th

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Date: May 6, 1990
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 7
Astros: 4
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Tim Teufel, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Teufel’s homer & double, McReynolds’ homer

The Mets and Astros played a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. In the first game, the teams went into extra innings. Houston scored in the top of the eleventh, but the Mets still came up with a 7-4 victory.

The Astros got off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Eric Yelding got a leadoff single and scored on a double by Ken Oberkfell. David Cone retired the next two Houston hitters before Franklin Stubbs homered for two more runs. Cone then held the Astros to only three singles over the next five innings.

Entering the sixth, Houston’s Jim Deshaies had kept the Mets hitless and retired the last thirteen batters. Deshaies then got Kevin Elster to fly out before walking Gregg Jefferies and giving up a single to Mark Carreon for the first New York hit. Tim Teufel followed with a three-run homer to tie the game. Deshaies was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

After Bob Ojeda and the Astros’ Juan Agosto each pitched three shutout innings of relief, the game went into the tenth. Houston put two runners on base in the top half, but John Franco shut them down. Danny Darwin then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

In the eleventh, the Astros loaded the bases with one out against Franco. Alex Trevino then hit into a force play where Stubbs was out at home. With Yelding at the plate, Franco was called for a balk that allowed Eric Anthony to score the tying run. Franco was irate at the call and argued intensely with umpire Doug Harvey. Franco then got Yelding on a pop up for the final out.

Dave Smith relieved Darwin to start the bottom of the eleventh. Smith issued a one-out walk to Carreon. Teufel came up and crushed a double, scoring Mark with the tying run. Howard Johnson was intentionally walked before Kevin McReynolds came to the plate. Kevin hit a three-run homer to win the game for the Mets, making the crowd at Shea a happy bunch.