April 14, 1991: Four-Run 1st Buries Expos

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Date: April 14, 1991
Mets starter: Frank Viola
Mets: 7
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Frank Viola
Key player(s): Frank Viola, Hubie Brooks, Rick Cerone
Key play: Brooks’ and Cerone’s singles

The Mets faced the Expos on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets scored four runs in the first inning and defeated Montreal, 7-1.

Mets’ starter Frank Viola set down the side in order top of the first. Vince Coleman drew a walk against the Expos’ Chris Nabholz to lead off the bottom half. Keith Miller hit a double and Gregg Jefferies walked to load the bases. Hubie Brooks followed with a single to drive home Coleman and Miller for a 2-0 Mets lead. Tim Teufel was retired on a pop-up to catcher Gilberto Reyes. Mark Carreon grounded out to second baseman Junior Noboa and a single by Rick Cerone scored Jefferies and Brooks with the third and fourth New York runs. Kevin Elster singled and Viola grounded back to Nabholz for the third out.

Leading off the top of the second, Tim Wallach homered for the Expos’ first run of the game. Viola retired the next three batters to close out the inning and Nabholz yielded only a single to Coleman in the bottom half. From the third inning to the sixth, Viola and Nabholz each pitched scoreless ball. Frank retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and Coleman walked against Nabholz to open the bottom half. Miller doubled and Jefferies drew a walk against Montreal reliever Bill Long to load the bases. Brooks and pinch-hitter Dave Magadan followed with back-to-back walks to force home Coleman and Miller, respectively, for a 6-1 Mets lead. Against the Expos’ Steve Frey, Carreon hit a ground ball on which first baseman Andres Galarraga threw to Reyes for an out at home on Jefferies. Frey then got Cerone on a grounder to shortstop Spike Owen for an inning-ending double play.

Viola gave up only a double to Noboa in the top of the eighth. Elster hit a home run against Montreal reliever Barry Jones to begin the bottom half. Jones set down the next three batters to finish off the inning and Wallach flied out to left fielder Carreon to lead off the top of the ninth. Galarraga was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Jefferies. Viola then got Larry Walker to pop out to second baseman Miller and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.