October 4, 1987: Five-Run 9th Beats Cards

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Date: October 4, 1987
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 11
Cardinals: 6
Winning pitcher: Randy Myers
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Lee Mazzilli, Tim Teufel
Key play: Mazzilli’s single, Teufel’s double

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the season finale at Busch Memorial Stadium. The Mets scored five runs in the ninth inning for an 11-6 win.

Mookie Wilson singled against Cards’ starter Greg Mathews to lead off the top of the first. Wilson moved to second base on a balk and Tim Teufel drew a walk. Keith Hernandez hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Ozzie Smith and a walk to Darryl Strawberry followed. With Kevin McReynolds at bat, Strawberry stole second. McReynolds tripled to drive home Wilson and Strawberry for a two-run Mets lead. Mathews retired Gary Carter on a fly ball to center fielder Jose Oquendo for the third out. Mets’ starter Sid Fernandez then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Mathews pitched a perfect top of the second. Fernandez retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and St. Louis reliever Joe Magrane set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the third. Oquendo singled to open the bottom half. Jose advanced to second base on Tony Pena’s ground out to second baseman Teufel and to third after Magrane’s fly out to right fielder Strawberry. Vince Coleman hit a single to score Oquendo and cut the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Coleman stole second and Fernandez got Smith on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson to close out the inning.

Strawberry drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth. Darryl stole second base and came around to score on a single by McReynolds. On his own hit, McReynolds went to second via a throw. Kevin moved to third on a wild pitch and Carter slugged a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Howard Johnson went down on strikes and Rafael Santana was hit by a pitch. Fernandez’s sacrifice bunt sent Santana to second. Magrane then retired Wilson on a foul pop-up to catcher Pena that ended the inning.

Tommy Herr drew a walk against Fernandez to begin the bottom of the fourth. Herr advanced to third base on David Green’s single and scored on a single by Terry Pendleton. Tom Pagnozzi drew a walk to load the bases and Oquendo hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Green. With Pena at the plate, a double steal moved Pendleton to third and Pagnozzi to second. Pena singled to plate both Pendleton and Pagnozzi, tying the game at 5-5. Against Mets’ reliever Terry Leach, Magrane laid down a sacrifice bunt to send Pena to second. Leach then got Coleman to ground out to Teufel and finish off the inning.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Hernandez homered to give the Mets a 6-5 lead. Magrane retired the next two batters to end the inning and Leach hurled a perfect bottom half. Johnson got a one-out single against Cardinals’ reliever Ken Dayley in the top of the sixth. Santana hit a double play grounder to Smith for the inning’s final outs and Leach set down the side in order in the bottom half. St. Louis’s Todd Worrell retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and Pena singled against Mets’ reliever Randy Myers to open the bottom of the inning. John Morris went down on strikes and Coleman flied out to Strawberry. Myers then struck out pinch-hitter Jack Clark to end the inning.

Redbirds’ reliever Steve Peters pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Doug DeCinces hit a double with two outs in the bottom half. Pagnozzi singled to score DeCinces with the tying run and Myers set down the next two batters to close out the inning. Carter singled against St. Louis’s Bill Dawley to lead off the top of the ninth. Johnson hit a double to advance pinch-runner Keith Miller to third base and Santana grounded out to third baseman DeCinces. Cards’ reliever Ricky Horton issued an intentional walk to Lenny Dykstra that loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli delivered a single to drive home Miller and Johnson. Teufel doubled to plate Dykstra and Mazzilli for a 10-6 Mets lead. Hernandez flied out to Oquendo and a ground-rule double by Strawberry brought home Teufel with the eleventh New York run. Horton then retired McReynolds on a grounder to shortstop Rod Booker to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco got Morris on a ground ball to third baseman Johnson to begin the bottom of the ninth. Coleman went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Steve Lake singled. Tom Lawless hit a ground-rule double and Booker drew a walk to load the bases. Orosco then struck out DeCinces to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a season-closing victory.