September 5, 1983: Foster's Homer in 9th Beats Phils

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Date: September 5, 1983
Mets starter: Mike Torrez
Mets: 6
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Mookie Wilson, George Foster
Key play: Foster's home run in 9th

The Mets faced the Phillies on Labor Day night at Shea Stadium. The Phils were involved in a four-team battle for the National League East Division title while the Mets were out of contention. On this night, the Mets came up with a 6-5 win over the Phils on George Foster's three-run homer in the ninth inning.

The Mets scored three runs off Phils' starter Charles Hudson in the second inning. Brian Giles singled with one out to bring home Darryl Strawberry, giving New York a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Mike Torrez reached on a two-out error by second baseman Joe Morgan to load the bases. Mookie Wilson followed with a single to score Ron Hodges and Giles, increasing the Met lead another two runs.

In the top of the third, Mike Schmidt hit a home run off Torrez for the Phils' first two runs. Morgan then redeemed for his error with a single that scored Ivan DeJesus to tie the game in the fifth. Torrez was taken out for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning.

Doug Sisk entered the game for the Mets in the top of the sixth. Sisk retired the Phils in order and did so again in the seventh and eighth innings. The Mets, however, were unable to score against the Phils' relievers.

The game was still tied, 3-3, as Jesse Orosco came in to pitch the top of the ninth. The Phillies got Jesse for two runs on a single by DeJesus and Gary Matthews' sacrifice fly. Al Holland, the Phils' bullpen ace, was then brought on to close out the game.

Wilson led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off Holland. Keith Hernandez added another single and Foster stepped up to the plate. George hit a pitch from Holland over the left field wall for a game-winning home run. The Mets had beaten the Phillies, preventing them from entering first place in the National League East race.