September 1, 1985: Hernandez Homers in 9th

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Date: September 1, 1985
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 4
Giants: 3
Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk
Key player(s): Gary Carter, Rusty Staub, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Carter’s home run, Staub’s double, Hernandez’s home run

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a four-game series on Labor Day weekend. Keith Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to give the Mets a 4-3 win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Giants’ starter Dave LaPoint retired the side in order in the top of the second. Dan Driessen doubled against the Mets’ Ed Lynch to lead off the bottom half. Lynch set down the next two San Francisco batters and Bob Brenly hit a single to drive home Driessen. After getting Brad Wellman on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra, Ed hit a two-out single in the top of the third. Dykstra singled and LaPoint got Wally Backman to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Uribe for the third out. Lynch then held the Giants to a single by Uribe in a scoreless bottom of the inning.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Gary Carter homered to tie the game. George Foster drew a walk and Ray Knight flied out to left fielder Ron Roenicke. LaPoint struck out Ronn Reynolds to end the inning and Driessen reached on a two-base error by second baseman Backman to begin the bottom half. Roenicke popped out to shortstop Rafael Santana and on Joel Youngblood’s ensuing infield single, Driessen stayed at second base. Brenly was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Foster. Lynch then fanned Wellman for the inning’s final out.

LaPoint and Lynch each pitched a perfect fifth inning. The Mets failed to score despite singles by Tom Paciorek and Carter in the top of the sixth. Driessen and Roenicke got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Youngblood popped out to Backman and a double by Brenly scored Driessen and Roenicke for a 3-1 San Francisco lead. Lynch issued an intentional walk to Wellman and got LaPoint to hit a force play grounder to Santana that ended the inning. LaPoint hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk then shut down the Giants in the bottom half.

Backman drew a walk to lead off the top of the eighth. Paciorek singled and Scott Garrelts relieved LaPoint on the mound for the Giants. Garrelts struck out the next three New York batters to finish off the inning. To begin the bottom half, Roenicke drew a walk and moved to second base on a single by Youngblood. Brenly hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Howard Johnson. Sisk then got Wellman on a grounder to Santana for an inning-ending double play.

Johnson doubled to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub followed with a double to drive home Johnson and cut the San Francisco lead to one run. Mookie Wilson hit a single after which pinch-runner Larry Bowa was out on a throw by Uribe to third baseman Wellman. Garrelts was replaced by Giants’ reliever Mark Davis. As a pinch-hitter for Sisk, Hernandez greeted Davis with a two-run homer to put the Mets in front. Davis then fanned Backman and got Paciorek on a ground ball to Wellman for the final out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco retired Dan Gladden on a fly ball to Foster to begin the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Rob Deer went down on strikes. Orosco then got Manny Trillo to fly out to center fielder Wilson and end the game. The Mets had a victory with a late comeback.