October 10, 1988: Game Five of the NLCS

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Date: October 10, 1988
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 7
Winning pitcher: Tim Belcher
Key player(s): Rick Dempsey, Kirk Gibson, Len Dykstra
Key play: Gibson's home run, Jefferies hit by batted ball

The Mets and Dodgers vied for the Series lead in an afternoon game at Shea Stadium. Sid Fernandez was tagged for six Dodger runs, leading to a 7-4 win for Los Angeles and a three-games-to-two deficit in the Series for the Mets.

The Dodgers' runs off Sid came in the fourth and fifth innings. Run-scoring doubles by Rick Dempsey (for two) and Alfredo Griffin plated three in the fourth. Kirk Gibson's home run with two on in the fifth doubled the Los Angeles lead to 6-0. Immediately following the homer, Fernandez was replaced by Terry Leach.

The Mets answered back in the bottom of the fifth. Howard Johnson and Wally Backman singled off Tim Belcher. Len Dykstra then blasted a three-run homer to cut the Dodger lead in half, 6-3.

In the eighth, Dykstra doubled and scored on a single by Gregg Jefferies to make it 6-4. Later, Kevin McReynolds came up with the tying runs on base against reliever Brian Holton. Kevin hit a grounder that hit Jefferies running from second base for an out, halting the Mets' comeback attempt.

Mike Marshall's run-scoring triple off reliever Roger McDowell in the ninth closed out the scoring. The Mets were then retired in order by Holton to end the game.