May 8, 1985: Lynch Blanks Braves on Five Hits

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Date: May 8, 1985
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 4
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Ed Lynch, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Kelvin Chapman
Key play: Hernandez’s home run, Carter’s and Chapman’s singles

The Mets faced the Braves on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Ed Lynch pitched a five-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win over Atlanta.

Lynch retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Wally Backman walked against Braves’ starter Len Barker to lead off the bottom half. Mookie Wilson went down on strikes and Keith Hernandez homered for a 2-0 Mets lead. Gary Carter drew a walk and Darryl Strawberry flied out to center fielder Dale Murphy. George Foster hit a double to left field. Barker then got Howard Johnson to pop out to shortstop Rafael Ramirez and end the inning.

Murphy singled to open the top of the second. Bob Horner popped out to first baseman Hernandez and a strikeout of Terry Harper followed. Ken Oberkfell hit a single to advance Murphy to third base and Rick Cerone hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Johnson to close out the inning. Rafael Santana got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Santana moved to second on Lynch’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Backman’s ground out to second baseman Oberkfell. Wilson then grounded back to Barker for the inning’s third out.

Lynch yielded only a single to Claudell Washington in the top of the third. Barker hurled a scoreless bottom half and Gerald Perry doubled to begin the top of the fourth. Perry went to third base after Murphy’s fly out to center fielder Wilson and a walk to Horner ensued. Harper was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Backman. Lynch got Oberkfell to hit a force play grounder to first baseman Hernandez and finish off the inning. Barker then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Lynch retired all three Atlanta batters in the top of the fifth. Wilson singled against Braves’ reliever Zane Smith with one out in the bottom of the inning. Mookie stole second base and Hernandez drew a walk. Carter singled to drive home Wilson and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Strawberry hit a line drive to first baseman Perry for an unassisted double play that ended the inning. Lynch then pitched a perfect top of the sixth.

Foster grounded out to Smith to begin the bottom of the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Ray Knight flied out to right fielder Washington and a single by Santana ensued. Lynch drew a walk and pinch-hitter Kelvin Chapman singled to bring home Santana with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. On the play, Lynch was out via a throw by Murphy to third baseman Horner to end the inning.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Oberkfell singled for the Braves’ fifth hit. Cerone followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Santana to close out the inning and Atlanta’s Terry Forster hurled a scoreless bottom half. Lynch set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Braves’ reliever Jeff Dedmon pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Perry popped out to Santana to open the top of the ninth. Murphy was also retired on a pop-up to Santana. Lynch then got Horner to ground out to Santana and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Ed’s shutout.