April 14, 1978: Grieve and Randle Bury Expos

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Date: April 14, 1978
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 3
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Mardie Cornejo
Key player(s): Tom Grieve, Mardie Cornejo, Lenny Randle
Key play: Grieve’s home run, Randle’s double in 10th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Friday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Tom Grieve hit a ninth-inning homer and Lenny Randle doubled to drive home a run in the 10th for a 3-2 Mets win.

Pat Zachry and the Expos’ Rudy May each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Steve Henderson singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Willie Montanez went down on strikes and Grieve hit a single to advance Henderson to third base. John Stearns followed with a sacrifice fly to score Henderson and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Lee Mazzilli reached on third baseman Larry Parrish’s error and a single by Doug Flynn loaded the bases. May retired Zachry on a ground ball to Parrish that ended the inning. Pat then gave up only a single to Tony Perez in the bottom half.

May shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Del Unser hit a double to open the bottom of the inning. Chris Speier singled to drive home Unser and tie the game at 1-1. May’s sacrifice bunt moved Speier to second base and a walk to Warren Cromartie ensued. Dave Cash was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Grieve, after which Speier went to third. Zachry then struck out Andre Dawson to finish off the inning.

After scoreless sixth and seventh innings, May hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Gary Carter drew a walk against Zachry to begin the bottom half. Perez walked and Mardie Cornejo came in to pitch for the Mets. Parrish’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third before an intentional walk to Unser loaded the bases. Speier hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Carter for a 2-1 Montreal lead. Cornejo then got May to ground out to second baseman Flynn and end the inning.

Montanez was struck out to open the top of the ninth. Grieve followed with a home run to tie the game at 2-2. May threw a called third strike past Stearns and retired Mazzilli on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Speier. Cornejo pitched a perfect bottom half and pinch-hitter Joel Youngblood got a one-out single against May in the top of the 10th. On his own hit, Youngblood went to second base via an error by left fielder Sam Mejias. Randle hit a double to plate Youngblood and put the Mets ahead by a run. Expos’ reliever Stan Bahnsen retired Tim Foli on a grounder to Speier. Bahnsen then threw a called third strike past Henderson to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Skip Lockwood got Carter on a ground ball to third baseman Randle to start the bottom of the 10th. Perez went down on strikes. Lockwood then struck out Parrish to end the game. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.