May 8, 1992: McCray's Single Beats Dodgers
|Date: May 8, 1992|
|Mets starter: David Cone|
|Winning pitcher: Jeff Innis|
|Key player(s): Rodney McCray, Junior Noboa|
|Key play: McCray's single in 9th|
The Mets began a three-game series with the Dodgers on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. After falling behind by three runs, the Mets came back to tie against the Los Angeles bullpen. Rodney McCray's run-scoring single in the ninth inning gave the Mets a 4-3 win.
The Dodgers scored three times against David Cone over the first seven innings. A single by Carlos Hernandez brought home Eric Davis in the second and Mitch Webster's triple plated Lenny Harris in the sixth. Los Angeles added a run in the seventh when Hernandez crossed the plate on a force play grounder.
After being shut down by Dodger starter Orel Hershiser, the Mets scored against Kevin Gross in the bottom of the seventh. Howard Johnson led off with a walk and Mackey Sasser singled to right field. Reliever Steve Wilson hit Todd Hundley with a pitch to load the bases before walking Chico Walker to force home Johnson. For the Dodgers, Jim Gott replaced Wilson and stopped further scoring in the inning.
Gott started the eighth inning with walks to Dave Magadan and Bobby Bonilla. In relief, John Candelaria walked Eddie Murray to load the bases with none out. Magadan scored on Johnson's sacrifice fly and Roger McDowell's bases-loaded walk to Hundley forced home Bonilla to tie the game, 3-3. Jeff Innis then retired the Los Angeles hitters with a scoreless ninth.
Junior Noboa began the bottom of the ninth with a single off McDowell. Following a sacrifice, Magadan was issued an intentional walk and Bonilla drew another walk to load the bases. Facing reliever Tim Crews, McCray singled to score Noboa with the winning run. The Mets started the series with a comeback victory.
- McCray's game-winning hit came in his only at bat as a National League player. It was also the last at bat of his major league career.