May 9, 1981: Three Runs in 8th Beat Dodgers
|Date: May 9, 1981|
|Mets starter: Dave Roberts|
|Winning pitcher: Neil Allen|
|Key player(s): Frank Taveras, Alex Trevino|
|Key play: Taveras's triple, Trevino's single|
The Mets played the Dodgers on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After leading early, the Mets later found themselves in a tie game. They came away with a 7-4 win over Los Angeles on three runs in the eighth inning.
The Dodgers got off to a quick start on Dave Lopes' leadoff homer against Dave Roberts. In the bottom of the first, Mookie Wilson and Frank Taveras each got singles and stolen bases off Los Angeles starter Rick Sutcliffe. Wilson came home on a single by Joel Youngblood and a sacrifice fly by Hubie Brooks scored Taveras with another run. The Mets scored twice more in the bottom of the second when Taveras hit a triple to bring home Doug Flynn and Roberts for a 4-1 lead.
Roberts shut down the Dodgers in the second and third innings. In the fourth, Pedro Guerrero homered for the second Los Angeles run of the game. With two runners on base and two out in the fifth, Mets' reliever Tom Hausman retired Steve Garvey on a fly ball to right fielder Youngblood to end the inning.
Hausman and Neil Allen teamed up to shut down the Dodgers in the sixth and seventh innings. In the top of the eighth, Garvey doubled and went to third base on catcher Alex Trevino's passed ball. Guerrero then hit his second home run of the game to tie it at 4-4. Allen retired the next two hitters to end the inning.
Los Angeles reliever Bobby Castillo walked Brooks to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Rusty Staub followed with a single and Castillo was replaced by reliever Steve Howe. Trevino greeted Howe with a single that brought home Brooks and gave the Mets a 5-4 lead. On Flynn's bunt, Dodger third baseman Ron Cey made an error that allowed pinch-runner Bob Bailor to score another run. Trevino later scored the Mets' third run of the inning on Taveras's sacrifice fly.
In the ninth, Jeff Reardon struck out Lopes and Ken Landreaux after a leadoff walk. He then got Dusty Baker on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Reardon recorded his first save of the season.