September 28, 1986: Strawberry's Homer in 11th Beats Bucs

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Date: September 28, 1986
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 4
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Rick Aguilera
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Darryl Strawberry, Jim Morrison
Key play: Strawberry’s single and homer, Morrison’s home run

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Darryl Strawberry slugged a three-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Mets a 4-1 win over the Bucs.

Pirates’ starter Bob Patterson yielded only a single to Ray Knight over the first three innings. For the Mets, Bob Ojeda responded by hurling a trio of perfect bottom halves. Tim Teufel hit a double to lead off the top of the fourth. Kevin Mitchell fouled out to first baseman Sid Bream. Teufel advanced to third base on Gary Carter’s ground out to second baseman Rafael Belliard and came home on a single by Strawberry. Darryl moved to second on a balk. Knight followed with a single on which center fielder Bobby Bonilla threw to catcher Tony Pena for an out at home on Strawberry to end the inning. Ojeda then set down the Bucs in order in the bottom half.

Patterson and Ojeda each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the eighth. Pittsburgh reliever Don Robinson retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth and consecutive pop-ups by Bonilla and Mike Diaz were caught by second baseman Teufel to open the bottom half. Jim Morrison followed with a home run to tie the game at 1-1. Ojeda then got Bream to fly out to center fielder Lenny Dykstra and finish off the inning.

Robinson shut down the Mets in the top of the 10th. New York reliever Rick Aguilera hurled a scoreless bottom half and the Pirates’ Bob Walk struck out both Mookie Wilson and Teufel to start the top of the 11th. Dykstra singled and Carter followed with a single to center field. Strawberry homered to put the Mets ahead by three runs. Walk then fanned Knight to close out the inning.

U. L. Washington grounded out to Aguilera to begin the bottom of the 11th. Bonilla was retired on a grounder to shortstop Kevin Elster. Aguilera then got Joe Orsulak to ground out to Teufel and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory in extra-innings to complete a series sweep.