May 9, 1992: Magadan Hits Home Run in 9th
|Date: May 9, 1992|
|Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Dave Magadan|
|Key play: Magadan's home run|
The Mets and Dodgers played the second of a three-game series on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The game was tied after eight innings as errors and walks contributed to the scoring. The Mets eventually won, 5-2, on a three-run homer by Dave Magadan in the bottom of the ninth.
The Mets scored in the first inning against Los Angeles starter Bob Ojeda. Willie Randolph reached on an error by shortstop Jose Offerman and Ojeda walked Dick Schofield and Magadan. Randolph came home on Bobby Bonilla's force play grounder before Ojeda walked D. J. Dozier and Charlie O'Brien to force home another run. Despite not getting a hit, the Mets had a 2-0 lead.
Through five innings, Bret Saberhagen kept the Dodgers shut out on four hits. Brett Butler led off the sixth by reaching second base on an error by center fielder Howard Johnson. Butler later scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Webster. The Dodgers tied the game on Webster's home run off Saberhagen with two out in the eighth.
John Franco held the Dodgers scoreless in the top of the ninth. Bill Pecota then singled off Los Angeles reliever Roger McDowell to begin the bottom half of the inning. Schofield later singled with two out to bring Magadan to bat. Dave clouted a home run off McDowell to win the game for the Mets in dramatic fashion.