May 9, 1982: Staub Hits Winning Homer in 9th
|Date: May 9, 1982|
|Mets starter: Pete Falcone|
|Winning pitcher: Craig Swan|
|Key player(s): Rusty Staub, Dave Kingman, Ron Hodges|
|Key play: Staub's home run|
The Mets and Giants concluded a three-game series at Shea Stadium on a Sunday afternoon. The game was a slugging battle as the teams combined for five home runs. The Mets emerged with a 6-5 win on Rusty Staub's pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning.
Pete Falcone kept San Francisco scoreless for the first three innings. Pete struck out three batters and got a double play off the bat of Jeff Ransom to end the top of the second. The Mets grabbed a 1-0 lead when Hubie Brooks doubled and came home on a single by Ron Gardenhire against Giants' starter Alan Fowlkes in the bottom of the third.
In the fourth, Ron Hodges homered with George Foster on base for two more Met runs. Falcone got another double play grounder from Ramsom in the fifth, but then gave up singles to Duane Kuiper and Fowlkes. After throwing a wild pitch, Pete surrendered a three-run homer to Chili Davis to tie the game. Johnnie LeMaster followed with a solo homer to put San Francisco ahead, 4-3.
Falcone retired the side in order in the top of the sixth. In the bottom half, Gary Rajsich led off with a single. Dave Kingman's two-run homer ensued to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. After hitting Foster with a pitch, Fowlkes was replaced by Giants' reliever Gary Lavelle.
For the Mets, Pat Zachry pitched a perfect top of the seventh inning. In the eighth, Tom O'Malley homered off Zachry to tie the game for San Francisco. The Giants then had runners at second and third with two out, but Craig Swan came in and got Jim Wohlford for an inning-ending ground out to third baseman Brooks.
Swan held the Giants scoreless in the top of the ninth inning. San Francisco's Greg Minton retired the first two Met batters in the bottom half. Staub then came up as a pinch-hitter for Swan. Rusty hit a home run to win the game for the Mets. The fans at Shea were sent home happy after a victory with an exciting finish.