Mookie Wilson got the ball in his ribs last night in New York but he got in the final swings in a game that for a while resembled a boxing match. His 10th-inning homer gave the Mets a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Wilson homered with one out to make a winner of Mike Torrez (6-12). Torrez pitched a four-hitter but fought a draw in a sixth-inning main event against opposing pitcher Rick Camp.
In the fifth inning, Camp hit Wilson with a pitch. Camp led off the next inning, and Torrez hit him on the hip with his first pitch.
Home plate umpire Frank Pulli warned Torrez as Camp walked slowly toward first, glaring at Torrez. Camp got about three-quarters of the way to first, then rushed toward the mound.
First baseman Keith Hernandez of the Mets restrained Camp. Both benches and bullpens emptied. Torrez took several swings at Camp. Order was restored in less than five minutes; neither pitcher was ejected.
Camp left the game after seven innings for a pinch hitter. He had three stitches taken in his nose, but no one would say why.
"It's awfully tough for Camp not to charge him when it was thrown at him on purpose," Manager Joe Torre of the Braves claimed.