September 25, 1986: Mets Win 100th Game of Season
|Date: September 25, 1986|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Winning pitcher: Roger McDowell|
|Key player(s): Kevin Mitchell, Danny Heep|
|Key play: Mitchell's home run in 5th, Heep's double in 9th|
Eight days after having clinched the National League East Division title, the Mets aimed for their 100th win of the season. In a game at Wrigley Field, the Mets and Cubs were deadlocked after eight innings. In the ninth, the Mets came up with three runs and held off a Chicago comeback for a 6-5 victory, bringing them to the century mark.
Ron Darling and the Cubs' Jamie Moyer started the game with two scoreless innings. In the top of the third, Mookie Wilson singled to score Rafael Santana. The Mets added another run in the fourth before Jody Davis hit a two-run homer off Darling to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.
Kevin Mitchell came to bat against Moyer in the top of the fifth. Mitchell hit a home run to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. The homer was the Mets' 140th of the year, breaking the team record of 139 set in their inaugural 1962 season. The Mets then put two runners on base in the sixth, but Darling was thrown out at home by Chicago left fielder Rafael Palmeiro on a single by Mitchell.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Roger McDowell came on to pitch for the Mets in the bottom of the eighth. The Cubs got two one-out singles and a sacrifice fly from Brian Dayett that scored Leon Durham with the tying run. With Bob Dernier at third base, McDowell got Shawon Dunston to ground out to shortstop Santana and end the inning.
Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter singled off Chicago's Ed Lynch to begin the top of the ninth. Facing reliever Lee Smith with one out, Ray Knight drove home Hernandez with a fielder's choice grounder to put the Mets back in front. The Mets then got two more runs on Danny Heep's two-out double that scored pinch-runner Stan Jefferson and Knight to extend their lead to 6-3.
McDowell gave up a two-run homer to the Cubs' Jerry Mumphrey with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Keith Moreland followed with a single and Jesse Orosco came in to relieve Roger. After walking Durham, Orosco got Manny Trillo to fly out to right fielder Darryl Strawberry and end the game. Jesse recorded his 20th save of the season and the Mets had their 100th victory.