September 4, 1992: Murray Slams the Reds

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Date: September 4, 1992
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 5
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Eddie Murray, Sid Fernandez
Key play: Murray’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Eddie Murray hit a grand slam to lead the Mets to a 5-2 win.

Mets’ starter Sid Fernandez and the Reds’ Tim Belcher each pitched one-hit shutout ball over the first four innings. In the top of the fifth, Belcher walked Chris Donnels with one out and got Bill Pecota to hit into an inning-ending double play. Glenn Braggs tripled top lead off the bottom half. A sacrifice fly by Joe Oliver scored Braggs for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead. Fernandez then retired Bill Doran and Freddie Benavides on consecutive fly balls to right fielder Bobby Bonilla to close out the inning.

Todd Hundley opened the top of the sixth with a double to right field. Fernandez popped out to third baseman Chris Sabo and a single by Vince Coleman moved Hundley to third base. Ryan Thompson reached on right fielder Braggs’ error that drove home Hundley to tie the game. Chico Walker drew a walk to load the bases. Murray followed with a grand slam to give the Mets a 5-1 lead. Bonilla flied out to center fielder Reggie Sanders. Belcher then retired Donnels on a ground ball to second baseman Benavides for the third out.

Fernandez shut down the Reds in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cincinnati reliever Steve Foster pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Sid limited the Reds to a walk to Doran in the bottom half. Foster held the Mets without a run in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the inning, Bip Roberts got a one-out single to right field. Mets’ reliever Barry Jones then retired Sanders and Barry Larkin on force play grounders for the second and third outs.

Reds’ reliever Norm Charlton pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Sabo homered off the Mets’ Jeff Innis to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Paul O’Neill flied out to center fielder Thompson. Innis retired pinch-hitter Hal Morris on a grounder to first baseman Murray. Jeff then struck out Doran to end the game. The Mets had begun the weekend series with a victory.