Lucky Hop: Mets Win In Extra Innings

It looked like a play that would extend the game even longer. Roger Cedeno, hitting with one out and Raul Gonzalez on third, hit a chopper to third base. Cubs third baseman Kevin Orie scooped it up, and seeing that Gonzalez had broken towards the plate, threw to the plate to try to get Gonzalez. The throw skittered in front of the plate and got by Cubs catcher Joe Girardi as Gonzalez slid in headfirst with the winning run as the Mets salvaged some pride in this season by sweeping the Cubs.

The Cubs scored the first two runs of the game, the first run being scored in the second, when Joe Girardi singled off of Jason Middlebrook to score Kevin Orie to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Bobby Hill homered in the fifth to make it 2-0.

The Mets chipped away, making it a 2-1 game in the sixth, when Ty Wigginton just missed a grand-slam by two feet. He had to settle for a sacrifice fly as Roger Cedeno scampered home.

They tied the game in the ninth off Cubs closer Antonio Alfonseca, with Joe McEwing, who had pinch-run for Wigginton, scoring on a Timo Perez double play. Then they went into extra innings, with pitchers on both teams working out of jams in each inning, until the Mets luck took hold in the 12th.


-The Mets used seven pitchers in the game. Grant Roberts, who had been disabled most of the year, got the win.
-The Montreal Expos begin a three-game series Friday. John Thomson (9,12-4.72 E.R.A.) will start for the Mets while Tony Armas Jr (10-12, 4.58 E.R.A.) will start for the Expos.

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