September 28, 1982: Staub's Single in 10th Beats Bucs

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Date: September 28, 1982
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 3
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Jesse Orosco, Brian Giles, Rusty Staub
Key play: Giles’ and Staub’s singles in 10th

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Rusty Staub hit a run-scoring single in the 10th inning for a 3-2 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Mets starter Ed Lynch pitched a perfect top of the first. Mike Howard singled against the Pirates’ John Candelaria to lead off the bottom half. Howard advanced to third base on a single by Ron Gardenhire. Ellis Valentine followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Howard for a 1-0 Mets lead. On Candelaria’s third strike to Dave Kingman, Gardenhire was caught stealing second on catcher Tony Pena’s throw to shortstop Dale Berra to complete an inning-ending double play.

Lynch and Candelaria each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. Jim Morrison singled to begin the top of the seventh. Doug Frobel was called out on strikes and Berra hit a single to left field. Pinch-hitter Willie Stargell drew a walk to load the bases. Omar Moreno singled to drive home Morrison and tie the game. Trying to score on the hit, Berra was out at home via a throw by center fielder Howard to catcher Bruce Bochy. Lynch then retired Johnny Ray on a ground ball to second baseman Brian Giles to end the inning.

Gardenhire singled against Bucs’ reliever Kent Tekulve to open the bottom of the seventh. Valentine followed with a single to advance Gardenhire to third base. Kingman hit a grounder on which third baseman Morrison threw to Pena for an out at home on Gardenhire. George Foster reached on Berra’s error that allowed Valentine to come home for a 2-1 Mets lead. Tekulve then threw a called third strike past Hubie Brooks and retired Giles on a fly ball to center fielder Moreno for the inning’s final out.

Pena and Morrison got back-to-back singles against Lynch with two outs in the top of the eighth. Frobel drew a walk to load the bases and pinch-hitter John Milner walked to force home Pena with the tying run. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco got pinch-hitter Bill Madlock to pop out to shortstop Gardenhire and end the inning. Pittsburgh’s Enrique Romo gave up just a single to Orosco in the bottom half and Jesse shut down the Pirates in the top of the ninth. Romo then hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning to send the game onward.

Orosco set down all three batters in the top of the 10th. Giles singled to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Ron Hodges’ sacrifice bunt moved Giles to second base and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Mookie Wilson followed. Romo was replaced on the mound by Bucs’ reliever Rod Scurry, against whom Staub came up as a pinch-hitter. Rusty delivered a single that plated Giles and brought the game to an end. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.


  • Stargell’s walk in the seventh was his final appearance at Shea in his 21-season Hall-of-Fame career.