September 6, 1986: Carter's Second Homer Beats Padres
|Date: September 6, 1986|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco|
|Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter|
|Key play: Hernandez's single and double, Carter's home runs|
The Mets and Padres faced each other on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a nationally-televised game in front of 46,879 fans on hand. Gary Carter hit a pair of home runs to give the Mets a 4-3 win over San Diego.
Following a scoreless first inning, Steve Garvey homered to lead off the top of the second. Terry Kennedy grounded out to second baseman Wally Backman and a single by Graig Nettles ensued. Garry Templeton went down on strikes and Andy Hawkins singled to advance Nettles to third base. Mets' starter Ron Darling retired Tim Flannery on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra. Hawkins then set down all three New York batters in the bottom half.
John Kruk hit a one-out single in the top of the third inning. Kevin McReynolds followed with a double to drive home Kruk. Garvey singled to score McReynolds with the Padres' third run and advanced to second base on a walk to Kennedy. Darling got Nettles to fly out to Dykstra and yielded a single to Templeton. On the hit, Garvey was out at home via a throw by right fielder Darryl Strawberry to catcher Carter to end the inning.
Backman walked with two outs in the bottom of the third. Keith Hernandez hit a double to bring home Backman with the Mets' first run of the game. Carter grounded out to shortstop Templeton to end the inning and Darling gave up consecutive two-out singles to Tony Gwynn and Kruk in the top of the fourth. Ron retired McReynolds on a fly ball to left fielder Mookie Wilson to close out the inning. Hawkins then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
After a scoreless fifth, Darling pitched a perfect top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Carter slugged a home run to cut the San Diego lead to 3-2. Strawberry grounded out to first baseman Garvey and a strikeout of Wilson finished off the inning. Darling shut down the Padres in the top of the seventh. Hawkins then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.
Nettles doubled against Mets' reliever Jesse Orosco to begin the top of the eighth inning. Orosco set down the next three hitters and Dykstra hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. With Craig Lefferts on the mound for San Diego, Backman's sacrifice bunt moved Dykstra to third base. Lenny scored the tying run on a single by Hernandez. Lance McCullers came in to pitch for the Padres and caught Hernandez with a pickoff throw to Garvey. Carter followed with his second homer to put the Mets ahead by a run. McCullers then struck out Strawberry to end the inning.
Gwynn flied out to Wilson to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Carmelo Martinez was retired on a fly ball to Dykstra. Orosco then got McReynolds to ground out to shortstop Kevin Elster and end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.