Monday, April 1, 1996

Mets open with big comeback

Rico Brogna's sacrifice fly capped a four-run seventh inning, as the Mets overcame a six-run deficit and topped St. Louis, 7-6. It was the biggest Opening Day comeback of the century, and the Mets' first from a six-run hole since 1980. (It was also the National League managerial debut for Cards skipper Tony La Russa.) A two-run home run by Todd Hundley in the fourth, a solo blast by Bernard Gilkey (2 hits, 2 RBIs) in the sixth, and the decisive four-run seventh inning accounted for the Mets' comeback. After Jose Vizcaino and rookie Rey Ordonez had back-to-back, one-out singles in the seventh, Chris Jones, Lance Johnson, and Gilkey all had RBI-singles as the Mets tied the score at 6. Brogna's sac fly completed the rally. Jerry DiPoto earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief. John Franco recorded the save for the Mets, who went 71-91 on the season.

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