September 30, 1979: Mets End Season with 6th Straight Win
|Date: September 30, 1979|
|Mets starter: John Pacella|
|Winning pitcher: Roy Lee Jackson|
|Key player(s): Elliott Maddox, Alex Trevino|
|Key play: Maddox's single in 9th|
The Mets faced the Cardinals in the season finale on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. Riding a five-game winning streak, the Mets aimed for their sixth win in a row to close out the year. They scored twice in the ninth inning for a 4-2 victory.
Frank Taveras led off the first inning with a single off Cardinals' starter Silvio Martinez. Taveras moved to second base on a ground out and scored when Richie Hebner singled to right field. The Cards came back to tie on a single by Dane Iorg that brought home Keith Hernandez in the bottom of the second.
Mets' starter John Pacella shut down St. Louis from the third inning to the sixth. In the top of the seventh, Ed Kranepool doubled off Cardinals' reliever Bob Forsch in what would be his last major league at bat. Kranepool was replaced by pinch-runner Gil Flores (also playing in his last major league game), who was thrown out at third base on Kelvin Chapman's grounder for the first out of the inning. After a single by Elliott Maddox, Chapman came home on Lee Mazzilli's force play grounder for a 2-1 Mets lead.
The Cards tied the game on Tony Scott's run-scoring single off Mets' reliever Roy Lee Jackson in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the eighth, the Mets failed to score against St. Louis reliever Mark Littell. Jackson then shut down the Redbirds in the bottom half of the eighth.
Alex Trevino singled off Littell with one out in the top of the ninth. Trevino stole second base before Littell got Chapman on strikes for the second out. Maddox hit a single to right field that scored Trevino and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Elliott advanced to second on the throw home and came around to score when catcher Kennedy's throw went into center field. Mazzilli then flied out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Jeff Reardon retired the Cardinals in order to end the game. The Mets had won their sixth consecutive game to close the book on 1979. For Jackson, the win was the first of his major league career.