April 20, 1991: Mets' Doubles Down Expos

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Date: April 20, 1991
Mets starter: Frank Viola
Mets: 3
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Frank Viola
Key player(s): Frank Viola, Tommy Herr, Gregg Jefferies
Key play: Mets’ doubles

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Three doubles led the Mets to a 3-1 win.

Frank Viola and the Expos’ Chris Nabholz each started the game with five scoreless innings pitched. Viola hit a double to lead off the top of the sixth. Vince Coleman grounded out to third baseman Tim Wallach and a double by Tommy Herr drove home Viola for a 1-0 Mets lead. Nabholz retired the next two batters to close out the inning and got a one-out single in the bottom half. Delino DeShields singled and Marquis Grissom went down on strikes. Viola then got Ivan Calderon on a ground ball to second baseman Herr for the inning’s third out.

Nabholz yielded only a single to Tim Teufel in the top of the seventh. Wallach hit a single to open the bottom half. Andres Galarraga popped out to first baseman Teufel and a strikeout of Nikco Riesgo ensued. Gilberto Reyes singled and Spike Owen hit a single to bring home Wallach, tying the game at 1-1. On his own hit, Owen was out at second base via a throw by center fielder Coleman to Herr to finish off the inning.

To open the top of the eighth, Kevin Elster drew a walk and advanced to second base on Viola’s sacrifice bunt. Coleman flied out to left fielder Calderon and a walk to Herr followed. Gregg Jefferies hit a double that plated both Elster and Herr for a two-run Mets lead. Kevin McReynolds was given an intentional walk and Nabholz retired Daryl Boston on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Owen. Viola gave up only a single to DeShields in the bottom half and Elster drew a two-out walk against Montreal reliever Barry Jones in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser hit a single and moved to second on right fielder Riesgo’s error. Trying to score on the play, Elster was out at home via a relay throw by Owen to catcher Reyes to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco struck out Wallach to start the bottom of the ninth. Galarraga was struck out and Riesgo drew a walk. Franco then got Reyes to fly out to left fielder McReynolds and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.