September 8, 1985: Mookie's Homer in 14th Beats Dodgers
|Date: September 8, 1985|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk|
|Key player(s): Mookie Wilson, Gary Carter|
|Key play: Carter's homer in 2nd, Marshall's homer in 8th, Wilson's homer in 14th|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The teams battled for almost five hours in the finale of a three-game series. Mookie Wilson's home run in the 14th inning gave the Mets a 4-3 victory.
Sid Fernandez and the Dodgers' Orel Hershiser each allowed only one run through the first seven innings of the game. For Los Angeles, Hershiser limited the Mets to four hits while recording seven strikeouts. One of the hits off Hershiser was a second-inning home run by Gary Carter that put the Mets ahead, 1-0. Fernandez held the Dodgers to three hits and fanned five batters in seven innings pitched. The lone Dodger scoring was an unearned run in the fifth when Steve Sax reached on an error and later came home on Mariano Duncan's sacrifice fly.
In the top of the eighth inning, Rafael Santana reached second base on an error by Los Angeles third baseman Dave Anderson. Santana moved to third on Rusty Staub's ground out and scored on Hershiser's wild pitch. Wilson got to first base on shortstop Duncan's error and stole second. Wally Backman fouled out and Keith Hernandez singled to score Mookie for a 3-1 Mets lead. Hershiser then got Carter to hit into a force play for the final out of the inning.
Mets' reliever Jesse Orosco walked Duncan to begin the bottom of the eighth. Orosco retired the next two hitters and Mike Marshall came to bat. Marshall hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 3-3. Jesse completed the inning with no further scoring and Hershiser pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Roger McDowell then held Los Angeles without a run in the bottom half to send the game into extra innings.
Neither team was able to score from the 10th inning to the 13th. The Mets had a hit in each of the four innings, but did not plate a run against Dodger relievers Ken Howell and Carlos Diaz. For New York, McDowell pitched a perfect bottom of the 10th and Rick Aguilera followed up with shutout ball in the 11th and 12th. Doug Sisk then came in and retired all three Los Angeles batters in the 13th.
Wilson led off the top of the 14th inning against Diaz. Mookie hit a home run to give the Mets a one-run lead. Hernandez got a one-out single and stole second base after Carter flied out. Diaz then fanned Darryl Strawberry for the third out.
Sisk pitched a perfect bottom of the 14th with three ground ball outs. The Mets had a well-earned win to close out the series at Dodger Stadium. Wilson's homer gave the team a triumph that put them only one-half game out of first place in the National League East Division.