September 11, 1990: Strawberry's Homer Beats Cardinals

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Date: September 11, 1990
Mets starter: Julio Valera
Mets: 10
Cardinals: 8
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Charlie O'Brien, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Mcreynolds' homer in 6th, Herr's double in 7th, Strawberry's homer in 9th

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The crowd was treated to a high-scoring game in which the teams combined for 25 hits. The Mets came out with a 10-8 win on a home run by Darryl Strawberry in the ninth inning.

The Cardinals got a run on Todd Zeile's homer off Julio Valera in the top of the second inning. In the bottom half, Kevin McReynolds got a single and later stole second base. Daryl Boston drew a walk and Charlie O'Brien followed with a two-run double. St. Louis starter Ken Hill then got Valera to line out to center field for the final out of the inning.

The Cards tied the game on Zeile's double that scored Felix Jose in the top of the fourth. Three straight Met singles loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the inning. After a force play at the plate, O'Brien hit a sacrifice fly to score McReynolds and put the Mets ahead. Valera followed with a single that brought home Howard Johnson and Boston to stretch the Mets' lead to 5-2. Julio then retired the St. Louis hitters in order in the top of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Pedro Guerrero opened with a single. Bob Ojeda replaced Valera and gave up a double to Jose before Zeile's ground out scored Guerrero from third base. Tom Pagnozzi followed with a single to bring home Jose and later scored the tying run on pinch-hitter Craig Wilson's single to center field. Ozzie Smith added a single that scored Wilson to give the Cardinals a 6-5 lead.

The Mets answered the St. Louis barrage with a leadoff homer by McReynolds in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, Gregg Jefferies reached on an error by third baseman Zeile and scored on Tommy Herr's ensuing double off reliever Frank DiPino to put the Mets on top, 7-6. The Mets got another run in the eighth on Mackey Sasser's sacrifice fly to bring home Boston.

The Cardinals scored twice in the top of the ninth against Mets' reliever John Franco. A leadoff double by Milt Thompson was followed by Ozzie Smith's single to make the score 8-7. Ozzie went to third base on a single by Ray Lankford and came home to tie the game on Guerrero's ground out. Franco got the next two batters on ground balls to end the inning.

Lee Smith came in to pitch for St. Louis in the bottom of the ninth. He walked Herr to lead off and faced Strawberry with one out. Darryl nailed a home run to end the game. The Mets had a dramatic victory over the Redbirds.