September 18, 1993: Late Rally Stuns Braves

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Date: September 18, 1993
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 3
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Jeff Innis
Key player(s): Jeff McKnight, Todd Hundley, Dave Gallagher, Tito Navarro
Key play: Mets’ three runs in 9th and 10th

The Mets and Braves faced each other on a Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Fulton County Stadium. The Mets made a dramatic comeback to pull out a 3-2 victory in 10 innings for their 50th win of the season.

Bobby Jones and Braves’ starter Greg Maddux each pitched scoreless ball in the first and second innings. In the top of the third, Ryan Thompson and Todd Hundley led off with back-to-back singles. Maddix struck out Eddie Murray and retired Joe Orsulak on a fly ball to center fielder Otis Nixon. Chico Walker hit into a force play to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Jeff Blauser homered for a 1-0 Atlanta lead. Ron Gant singled and advanced to second base on an error by shortstop Jeff McKnight. A single by Fred McGriff scored Gant for the Braves’ second run. McGriff moved to second on catcher Hundley’s passed ball and David Justice was walked intentionally. Jones then retired Terry Pendleton on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Jeromy Burnitz.

From the fourth inning to the seventh, Jones and Maddux provided shutout pitching. Bobby allowed only a single and a walk in shutting down the Braves while the Mets collected three singles, but no runs, against Maddux. Hundley singled to open the top of the eighth and advanced to third on ground outs by Dave Gallagher and Orsulak. Maddux retired Walker on a ground ball to second baseman Mark Lemke for the final out of the inning. Jones and Mets’ reliever John Franco then combined to strike out the side in a scoreless bottom half.

Maddux fanned Jeff Kent and Burnitz (increasing his strikeout total to ten) to start the top of the ninth inning. With the Mets an out away from a shutout defeat, McKnight hit a single to center field. Pinch-hitter Ced Landrum singled and Maddux walked Thompson to load the bases. Hundley got an infield single off Atlanta reliever Greg McMichael to drive home McKnight. An ensuing single by Gallagher plated Landrum to tie the game at 2-2. Orsulak hit a line drive back to McMichael for the third out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis then set down the Braves on three consecutive grounders in the bottom half.

In the top of the 10th inning, pinch-hitter Darrin Jackson got a two-out single off Braves’ reliever Mike Stanton. McKnight singled to send Jackson to second base and Steve Bedrosian came in to pitch for Atlanta. Pinch-hitter Tito Navarro greeted Bedrosian with a single that brought home Jackson to put the Mets in front. Thompson then struck out to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Mauro Gozzo retired Gant on a pop-up to McKnight to begin the bottom of the 10th. McGriff took a called third strike for the second out of the inning. Gozzo then got Justice to fly out to center fielder Thompson for the final out of the game. The Mets had an amazing come-from-behind win over the National League West Division leaders.

Notes

  • Navarro’s game-winning single was the only hit and only RBI of his major league career.
  • The save for Gozzo was the only one of his major league career.