September 19, 1983: Mets Rebound, Beat Bucs in 10

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Date: September 19, 1983
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Pirates: 4
Winning pitcher: Carlos Diaz
Key player(s): Junior Ortiz, Ron Hodges, Hubie Brooks
Key play: Ortiz’s single, Hodges’ double, Brooks’ single

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. After coming from behind to tie in the ninth inning, the Mets scored a run in the 10th for a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh.

Mets’ starter Tom Seaver retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. The Pirates’ John Candelaria pitched a perfect bottom half and Seaver set down all three batters in the top of the second. Danny Heep hit a single with one out in the bottom of the inning. Bob Bailor went down on strikes and Brian Giles doubled to left field. Junior Ortiz followed with a single that scored Heep and Giles for a 2-0 Mets lead. Candelaria then got Seaver to fly out to left fielder Mike Easler and end the inning.

After a scoreless third, Marvelle Wynne singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Johnny Ray drew a walk and Dave Parker hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Giles. Jason Thompson walked and Easler singled to drive home Wynne. Seaver threw a called third strike past Tony Pena to close out the inning and Candelaria yielded only a single to Giles in the bottom half. Tom held the Bucs to a double by Dale Berra in the top of the fifth and Mookie Wilson hit a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. With Hubie Brooks at bat, Wilson got caught between bases on a steal attempt and was tagged by second baseman Ray for the inning’s final out.

Parker singled and stole second base with one out in the top of the sixth. Thompson was called out on strikes and Easler hit a single to score Parker with the tying run. Pena hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Brooks that ended the inning and Candelaria hurled a perfect bottom half. Seaver retired the Pirates 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and Giles singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Candelaria then got Ortiz on a grounder to first baseman Thompson to finish off the inning.

Seaver gave up just a single to Parker in the top of the eighth. Candelaria set down the side in order in the bottom half and pinch-hitter Lee Lacy singled against Mets’ reliever Carlos Diaz to open the top of the ninth. Pena reached on a fielder’s choice and pinch-hitter Jim Morrison’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Berra was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Bill Madlock got an infield single to score Lacy for a 3-2 Pittsburgh lead. Pinch-hitter Brian Harper hit a force play ground ball to Brooks that drove home Pena with the Pirates’ fourth run of the game. Diaz then retired Ray on a fly ball to left fielder George Foster for the third out of the inning.

Darryl Strawberry singled against Bucs’ reliever Kent Tekulve to open the bottom of the ninth. Strawberry moved around to third base on consecutive groundouts by Foster and Heep. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub reached on an error by Thompson that allowed Strawberry to come home. Pinch-hitter Keith Hernandez was walked intentionally. Pinch-hitter Ron Hodges followed with a double to drive home pinch-runner Jose Oquendo and tie the game at 4-4. Trying to score on Hodges’ hit, pinch-runner John Stearns was out at home via a throw by center fielder Joe Orsulak to catcher Pena to finish off the inning.

Diaz shut down the Pirates in the top of the 10th. With one out in the bottom half, Wilson singled and stole second base. Brooks delivered a single to bring home Mookie with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting comeback victory.