September 10, 1982: Kingman's Inside-the-Park Home Run

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Date: September 10, 1982
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Dave Kingman, Craig Swan
Key play: Swan's RBI single, Kingman's inside-the-park homer

The Mets began a three-game series in St. Louis on a Friday night. Craig Swan and Jesse Orosco kept the division-leading Cardinals shut out on two hits through eight innings. Dave Kingman contributed an inside-the-park home run as the Mets came out with a 2-1 win.

Swan pitched brilliantly for the first six innings. A single by Ken Oberkfell in the first and Dane Iorg's single in the fifth were the only St. Louis hits he allowed. Craig also drove in Ron Hodges with a two-out single off John Stuper in the fourth to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

In the seventh, Swan walked Darrell Porter and Ozzie Smith after retiring the first two hitters of the inning. Orosco came in to relieve and faced pinch-hitter Lonnie Smith. Jesse got Lonnie on a grounder to second baseman Tom Veryzer that forced Ozzie at second for the final out.

Kingman came to bat against Cardinals' reliever Doug Bair in the eighth. Dave hit a high fly ball down the right field line that right fielder George Hendrick, playing Kingman to pull, could not reach. The ball bounced high and into the right field corner. Kingman circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run, increasing the Met lead to 2-0. The Mets also put two runners on base in the ninth, but failed to score.

Keith Hernandez started the bottom of the ninth with a home run off Orosco, ending the shutout bid. Jesse retired the next two Cards' batters and walked pinch-hitter Gene Tenace. Orosco then threw out Ozzie Smith on a comeback grounder to end the game.