September 13, 1980: Lynch's First Win Ends Long Skid

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Date: September 13, 1980
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 4
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Ed Lynch, Roy Lee Jackson
Key play: Mets’ three runs in 4th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Ed Lynch recorded his first major league win as the Mets stopped a 13-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over Chicago.

Lynch pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson led off the bottom half with a bunt single against Cubs’ starter Lynn McGlothen. Wilson stole second base and Wally Backman drew a walk. McGlothen struck out Lee Mazzilli and gave up a single to Joel Youngblood that brought home Wilson and sent Backman to third base. Mike Jorgensen hit a ground ball on which first baseman Bill Buckner threw to catcher Mike O’Berry for an out at home on Backman. McGlothen then retired Hubie Brooks on a fly ball to left fielder Jim Tracy for the inning’s final out.

Lynch and McGlothen each pitched scoreless ball in the second and third innings. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Buckner singled and moved to second base on an error by center fielder Wilson. Mike Vail hit a single to drive home Buckner and tie the game at 1-1. Lynch then got Tracy on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Mazzilli.

Youngblood doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Jorgensen followed with a single to score Youngblood and moved to second base on a throw to the plate. Brooks was called out on strikes and Butch Benton grounded out to third baseman Steve Dillard. Bill Almon was given an intentional walk and Lynch singled to load the bases. Wilson drew a walk to force home Jorgensen and an ensuing single by Backman plated Almon for a 4-1 Mets lead. McGlothen then struck out Mazzilli to end the inning.

Following a scoreless fifth, Lynch retired the first two Chicago batters in the top of the sixth. Buckner followed with a double to right field. Vail tripled to score Buckner with the Cubs’ second run of the game. Lynch got Tracy on a grounder to second baseman Backman for the third out of the inning and McGlothen hurled a scoreless bottom half. Mets’ reliever Roy Lee Jackson set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. McGlothen then retired all three New York hitters in the bottom of the inning.

Jackson held the Cubs to single by Ivan DeJesus in a scoreless top of the eighth. Chicago reliever Bill Caudill pitched a perfect bottom half. To open the top of the ninth inning, Jackson recorded strikeouts of Scot Thompson and Tracy. Roy Lee then got pinch-hitter Larry Biittner to fly out to Wilson and end the game. The Mets had ended their 13-game skid as Lynch chalked up his first career win. For Jackson, the save was his first in the major leagues and only one as a Met.