September 19, 1992: Four-Run 8th Beats Expos
|Date: September 19, 1992|
|Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen|
|Winning pitcher: Wally Whitehurst|
|Key player(s): Eddie Murray, Wally Whitehurst|
|Key play: Murray's homer in 4th, Walker's single in 8th|
The Mets played the Expos on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. Three Met pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts of Montreal batters in the game. The Mets came out with a 7-5 win on the strength of four runs in the eighth inning.
Bret Saberhagen and the Expos' Brian Barnes each started off with two scoreless innings. In the top of the third, Delino DeShields hit a double to score Darrin Fletcher for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Barnes shut down the Mets in the bottom half of the inning, but gave up a three-run homer to Eddie Murray that put the Mets ahead in the fourth.
Saberhagen got pinch-hitter John Vander Wal for his fifth strikeout of the game to start the top of the fifth inning. DeShields and Marquis Grissom followed with singles and a force play grounder by Ivan Calderon scored DeShields. Larry Walker then doubled to bring home Calderon and tie the game, 3-3.
For the Mets, Wally Whitehurst pitched three innings of scoreless relief from the sixth inning to the eighth. Whitehurst struck out five batters and allowed no hits to the Expos. Meanwhile, Montreal relievers Sergio Valdez and Jeff Fassero held the Mets to only one hit from the fifth to the end of the seventh.
Pinch-hitter Kevin Bass tripled off Fassero to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Daryl Boston was walked by reliever Mel Rojas before Mackey Sasser reached on a fielder's choice grounder to load the bases. Chico Walker singled to score pinch-runner Pat Howell and give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Murray followed with another single to bring home Boston and a walk to Jeff Kent plated pinch-runner Bill Pecota. Against reliever Gil Heredia, Todd Hundley hit a sacrifice fly on which Walker came home for the Mets' fourth run of the inning.
In the ninth, Mets' reliever Jeff Innis struck out Fletcher to start the inning. Innis then walked Moises Alou and, after retiring DeShields, gave up a single to Grissom. Pinch-hitter Sean Berry singled to load the bases and Walker singled to bring home Alou and Grissom. With the tying runs on base, Innis got Greg Colbrunn to fly out to right fielder Boston and end the game. The Mets had a victory to stop a three-game losing streak.