April 19, 1984: Brooks' Homer in 8th Beats Expos

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Date: April 19, 1984
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 7
Expos: 6
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, George Foster, Hubie Brooks
Key play: Strawberry’s double in 1st, Foster’s homer in 3rd, Brooks’ homer in 8th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Hubie Brooks hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Mets a 7-6 win over Montreal.

Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden (in his Shea debut) pitched a scoreless top of the first. Leading off the bottom half, Wally Backman singled against the Expos’ Bill Gullickson. Backman stole second base and Ron Gardenhire went down on strikes. Keith Hernandez drew a walk and George Foster hit a single to drive home Backman. Hernandez and Foster advanced on catcher Gary Carter’s passed ball and scored on a double by Darryl Strawberry for a 3-0 Mets lead. Mookie Wilson grounded out to second baseman Bryan Little to move Strawberry to third. Gullickson then got Brooks on a foul pop-up to Carter that ended the inning.

Gooden retired the side in order in the top of the second. Backman reached on an error by shortstop Angel Salazar with two outs in the bottom half. An ensuing single by Gardenhire advanced Backman to third base. On the hit, Wally scored the Mets’ fourth run via an error by center fielder Tim Raines. Gardenhire was then caught by a relay throw from Little to third baseman Tim Wallach to close out the inning.

Pete Rose got a one-out single in the top of the third. Little drew a walk and Raines went down on strikes. Gooden fanned Andre Dawson for the third out of the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Foster homered to stretch the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Strawberry followed with his second double of the game and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Wilson flied out to right fielder Dawson and an intentional walk was given to Brooks. Gullickson walked John Gibbons to load the bases. Montreal reliever Greg Harris then got Gooden to hit a force play ground ball to Salazar for the inning’s final out.

Gooden and Harris each pitched a perfect fourth, striking out five batters between them. In the top of the fifth, Salazar led off with a single and moved to second base on pinch-hitter Miguel Dilone’s ground out to first baseman Hernandez. Rose drew a walk and Little singled to load the bases. Raines lined out to shortstop Gardenhire and an error by Ron on Dawson’s ensuing grounder allowed Salazar to score the Expos’ first run. Carter singled to drive home Rose and Little. Wallach was hit by a pitch to reload the bases and a walk to Terry Francona forced home Dawson to cut the Mets’ lead to 5-4. Gooden retired Salazar on an inning-ending line drive to Gardenhire. Montreal’s Dan Schatzeder then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Craig Swan retired all three Expos batters in the top of the sixth inning. Schatzeder pitched a scoreless bottom half and Raines drew a walk to begin the top of the seventh. Dawson fouled out to catcher Gibbons and a two-run homer by Carter put Montreal ahead, 6-5. Swan got Wallach to ground out to Gardenhire and retired Francona on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Wilson. Schatzeder then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Jesse Orosco struck out Salazar and Schatzeder to open the top of the eighth inning. Rose followed with a single and Little drew a walk. Orosco got Raines on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry to close out the inning. Darryl grounded back to Schatzeder to lead off the bottom half. Wilson drew a walk and Brooks homered to regain a one-run lead for the Mets. Schatzeder got Gibbons to fly out to left fielder Derrel Thomas and issued a walk to Orosco. Expos’ reliever Gary Lucas then got Backman on a grounder to Wallach that ended the inning.

Dawson singled to begin the top of the ninth. Carter was retired on a fly ball to Wilson. Orosco then got Wallach to hit a ground ball to third baseman Brooks for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory to conclude the series.