McGwire hit two home runs to become the first player to reach 50 homers in four consecutive seasons before the Mets came from five runs down to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Sunday on Edgardo Alfonzo's RBI single in the ninth inning of the first game of a doubleheader.
"That's the farthest I think I've ever seen a ball hit," Mets manager Bobby Valentine said.
The shot shattered a light bulb in the 16 for Ray Lankford's number just a few feet below McGwire's 25. In the bottom of the third inning, a worker climbed up the back of the scoreboard to screw in a new bulb.
McGwire's 50th homer looked routine compared to his first-inning blast. He led off the seventh with a fly ball that just cleared the outstretched glove of Shawon Dunston in left-center and landed just over the 396-foot sign.
After McGwire's single in the ninth off Armando Benitez (2-2) who struck out McGwire in his first six at-bats against the slugger
helped the Cardinals take a 7-6 lead, the Mets came back once again.
Ricky Bottalico (2-7) came on with one out and walked the first two batters he faced. Rickey Henderson followed with an RBI double before Alfonzo singled to left through a drawn-in infield to score Matt Franco with the winning run.
"Big hits, big players," Valentine said. "We play to the last out. We were down 6-1 and not doing much. But we came back."
The Mets poured out of the dugout to mob Alfonzo a scene similar to their comeback win last month against the Yankees and Robin Ventura lifted Henderson up on the pitcher's mound.
The Mets won for the 22nd time in 29 games to remain in first place in the NL East.
McGwire's homers came in his first career at-bats against Dotel and Tam. McGwire has seven multihomer games this season and 60 in his career. He also leads the NL with 116 RBIs.
McGwire moved ahead of his pace from his record 70-homer season, hitting No. 50 in the Cardinals' 124th game one game earlier than last year, when he hit his 50th and 51st homers in a doubleheader at Shea.
That is the second fastest pace ever, behind only Chicago's Sammy Sosa who hit his 51st Saturday in the Cubs' 121st game.
Piazza has seven homers in his last eight games and tied Bobby Bonilla's club record by driving in a run in nine consecutive games.
Olerud, who also had an RBI single in the fourth, tied his career high with five RBIs.
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