May 8, 1978: Mets Defeat Reds in 10 Innings

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Date: May 8, 1978
Mets starter: Mike Bruhert
Mets: 3
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Skip Lockwood
Key player(s): John Stearns, Bruce Boisclair
Key play: Stearns’ single in 9th, Boisclair’s single in 10th

The Mets faced the Reds on a Monday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the opener of a two-game series at Riverfront Stadium. The Mets scored runs in the ninth and tenth innings to come from behind for a 3-2 win.

Cincinnati starter Fred Norman pitched scoreless ball in the top of the first and second innings. For the Mets, Mike Bruhert answered by hurling a pair of perfect bottom halves. Doug Flynn singled with one out in the top of the third. Bruhert followed with a single of his own to move Flynn to second base. Lee Mazzilli hit a single to drive home Flynn for the first run of the game. Trying to advance on a throw to the plate, Mazzilli was out at second via a throw by catcher Don Werner to second baseman Joe Morgan. Norman issued a walk to Bobby Valentine and retired Elliott Maddox on a fly ball to left fielder George Foster for the third out. Bruhert then set down the Reds in order in the bottom of the inning.

After a scoreless fourth, Norman retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Dan Driessen led off the bottom of the inning with a home run to tie the game. Cesar Geronimo singled and Dave Concepcion reached on an error by third baseman Joel Youngblood. A successful double steal ensued and Werner grounded out to shortstop Flynn to score Geronimo, giving Cincinnati a 2-1 lead. Bruhert then got Norman and Pete Rose on consecutive ground balls to second baseman Valentine to end the inning.

Norman and Bruhert each pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings. In the eighth, Norman set down all three batters and Mets’ reliever Skip Lockwood allowed only a double to Rose in shutting down the Reds in the bottom half. Maddox singled to open the top of the ninth. A single by Steve Henderson followed and Willie Montanez flied out to center fielder Geronimo. John Stearns singled to center field to plate Maddox with the tying run. Pedro Borbon came in to pitch for Cincinnati and recorded outs on the next two hitters to finish off the inning. Lockwood then pitched a scoreless bottom half to send the game onward.

Lenny Randle drew a walk to begin the top of the 10th. A sacrifice bunt by Mazzilli advanced Randle to second base. Bruce Boisclair came up to pinch-hit for Lockwood and delivered a single to center field that brought home Randle and put the Mets ahead. Borbon retired Maddox on a fly ball to right fielder Ken Griffey and gave up a single to Henderson. Reds’ reliever Dave Tomlin then got Montanez on a force play grounder to Morgan that ended the inning.

The Mets’ Mardie Cornejo retired Concepcion on a ground ball to shortstop Sergio Ferrer to start the bottom of the 10th. Pinch-hitter Mike Lum flied out to center fielder Mazzilli. As a pinch-hitter for Tomlin, Johnny Bench reached on an error by Ferrer. Cornejo then got Ray Knight on a game-ending fly ball to Mazzilli. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.