September 30, 1993: Murray's Homer Beats Cardinals

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Date: September 30, 1993
Mets starter: Eric Hillman
Mets: 3
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Eric Hillman
Key player(s): Eric Hillman, Jeff Kent, Eddie Murray
Key play: Kent’s double, Murray’s home run

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Eddie Murray hit a two-run homer to lift the Mets to a 3-2 win over St. Louis.

Mets’ starter Eric Hillman pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. The Cards’ Allen Watson gave up just a single to Ryan Thompson in the bottom half and Erik Pappas reached on third baseman Chico Walker’s error with one out in the top of the second. Tom Pagnozzi flied out to center fielder Thompson and a double by Watson brought home Pappas for a 1-0 St. Louis lead. Hillman retired Geronimo Pena on a ground ball to shortstop Kevin Baez to end the inning. Watson then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

After a scoreless third, Hillman yielded just a single to Stan Royer in the top of the fourth. Baez hit a single to open the bottom of the inning. Murray was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Pappas. Dave Gallagher hit a force play grounder to third baseman Todd Zeile and a single by Walker followed. Jeff Kent doubled to drive home Gallagher with the tying run. Trying to score on the hit, Walker was out at home via a relay throw by shortstop Tripp Cromer to catcher Pagnozzi to finish off the inning.

Hillman hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Watson retired the side in order in the bottom half and Eric set down the Cards 1-2-3 again in the top of the sixth. Thompson hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the inning. Baez grounded out to Zeile and a home run by Murray put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Watson then struck out Gallagher and retired Walker on a fly ball to left fielder Bernard Gilkey that ended the inning.

Pappas and Pagnozzi got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Tracy Woodson flied out to right fielder Gallagher and a strikeout of Pena finished off the inning. Cardinals’ reliever Rich Batchelor gave up only a single to Darrin Jackson in the bottom half and Cromer singled to lead off the top of the eighth. Gilkey grounded to Walker for a double play and Hillman threw a called third strike past Zeile for the inning’s final out. Batchelor then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Mark Whiten hit a single to begin the top of the ninth. Royer was called out on strikes and Pappas singled to advance Whiten to third base. Pagnozzi followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Whiten with the Redbirds’ second run. Pinch-hitter Gerald Perry singled to send Pappas to third and advanced to second on a throw. Hillman then got Pena to ground out to Baez and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out their final home series of the year.