September 27, 1986: Two Runs in 11th Beat Pirates

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Date: September 27, 1986
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 4
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Lenny Dykstra, Jesse Orosco, Doug Sisk
Key play: Dykstra’s double, Jones’ error

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Saturday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. The Mets scored two runs in the 11th inning for a 4-2 win over the Bucs.

Pirates’ starter Bob Kipper hurled a scoreless top of the first. Joe Orsulak singled against the Mets’ Dwight Gooden to lead off the bottom half. Barry Bonds hit a double to drive home Orsulak and advanced to third base on Johnny Ray’s ground out to second baseman Tim Teufel. Sid Bream followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Bonds for a 2-0 Pittsburgh lead. Jim Morrison singled and moved to third on a single by Benny Distefano. Gooden then got Junior Ortiz to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Rafael Santana for the third out.

Gooden and Kipper each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Teufel drew a walk to open the top of the fifth. Santana hit a single and Gooden’s ground out to Kipper sent the runners to second and third base. Mookie Wilson grounded out to second baseman Ray to bring home Teufel and advance Santana to third. Lenny Dykstra followed with a double to score Santana and tie the game at 2-2. Kipper struck out Keith Hernandez to end the inning. Gooden then fanned all three Bucs batters in the bottom half.

Kipper and Gooden each hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Pirates’ reliever Don Robinson gave up just a walk to Dykstra in the top of the eighth. Bonds singled with one out in the bottom half. Ray hit a double and Bream was walked intentionally to load the bases. Gooden struck out both Morrison and Distefano to finish off the inning and Robinson set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. New York’s Roger McDowell then pitched a scoreless bottom half to send the game onward.

Pittsburgh reliever Larry McWilliams surrendered only a walk to Dykstra in the top of the 10th. The Mets’ Jesse Orosco pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Gary Carter singled against McWilliams to begin the top of the 11th. A single by Darryl Strawberry advanced pinch-runner Howard Johnson to second base and Barry Jones came in to pitch for the Pirates. Ray Knight’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third before an intentional walk to Wally Backman loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Danny Heep reached on an error by Jones that allowed both Johnson and Strawberry to come home for a two-run Mets lead. Lee Mazzilli walked to reload the bases and Bucs’ reliever John Smiley struck out pinch-hitter Stan Jefferson. Smiley then got pinch-hitter Ed Hearn on a force play ground ball to Ray that closed out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk fanned Rafael Belliard to open the bottom of the 11th. Pinch-hitter Bill Almon singled and Tony Pena hit a force play grounder to second baseman Backman. Bobby Bonilla followed with a single to center field. Sisk then struck out Bonds to end the game. The Mets had come away with an extra-inning victory.