Game 5 from Tiger Stadium with the Mets leading 3 games to 1 features a pitching matchup of Ed Lynch (10-8 3.44 Grade 10Z) for the Mets and ace Jack Morris (16-11 3.33 Grade 13Y) for the Tigers.
The Tigers with their backs against the wall come out and get 2 quick runs off Lynch in the first. Lance Parrish and Darrell Evans with RBI. In the 2nd the Mets would get those runs right back as Rafael Santana doubles in George Foster and Lenny Dykstra. The score would remain 2-2 until the 6th when the Mets would move in front with a run. Darryl Strawberry would double to deep left to score Keith Hernandez.
In the 7th the Tigers would get 2 runners on base and knock Lynch out of the game. Mets would bring in Jesse Orosco to face Lou Whitaker who would deposit an Orosco curveball over the right field wall for a 3 run homer. This would give the Tigers a 5-3 lead and Morris and Willie Hernandez would get the last 6 outs to secure the victory and send the series back to New York.
Final Score: Tigers 5, Mets 3
WP: Jack Morris (3-0)
LP: Jesse Orosco (0-1)
Save: Willie Hernandez (2)
HR’s: Tigers – Lou Whitaker (1)