April 21, 1991: Late Offense Sparks Mets to Victory

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Date: April 21, 1991
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 9
Expos: 5
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): Kevin Elster, Vince Coleman, Mackey Sasser, Gregg Jefferies
Key play: Jefferies’ double and single, Sasser’s single, Coleman’s triple, Elster’s home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Sunday night in Montreal. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Olympic Stadium. The Mets erupted for nine runs in the last four innings and came away with a 9-5 win.

After two scoreless innings, Expos’ starter Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd retired the side in order in the top of the third. Delino DeShields drew a walk against the Mets’ David Cone with two outs in the bottom half. DeShields stole second base and scored the first run of the game on a single by Dave Martinez. With Ivan Calderon at bat, Martinez was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Charlie O'Brien to second baseman Tommy Herr to close out the inning.

Boyd and Cone each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Leading off the top of the sixth, Vince Coleman singled and stole second base. Coleman advanced to third on a balk and scored the tying run on a double by Gregg Jefferies. Boyd set down the next three Mets batters to finish off the inning and DeShields hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. DeShields moved to third on Martinez’s single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Calderon for a 2-1 Montreal lead. Cone then got Tim Wallach to hit a ground ball to third baseman Jefferies for a double play that ended the inning.

Herr hit a leadoff double against Boyd in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Howard Johnson went down on strikes and Kevin Elster flied out to right fielder Larry Walker. Pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser singled to drive home Herr and scored on Coleman’s ensuing triple to put the Mets ahead by a run. A single by Jefferies against Expos’ reliever Steve Frey plated Coleman and increased the New York lead to 4-2. Jefferies stole second base and Frey threw a called third strike past Dave Magadan to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Pete Schourek then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Herr drew a two-out walk in the top of the eighth. Rick Cerone singled and Frey was replaced on the mound by Montreal reliever Barry Jones. Elster greeted Jones with a three-run homer for a 7-2 Mets lead. Schourek drew a walk and Coleman followed with a single. Jones got Jefferies on a grounder to first baseman Andres Galarraga for the third out of the inning and DeShields singled with one out in the bottom half. Martinez hit a triple to bring home DeShields and scored on Calderon’s ground out to Jefferies. Schourek then retired Wallach on a grounder to Jefferies to end the inning.

Magadan singled against Expos’ reliever Tim Burke to begin the top of the ninth. Kevin McReynolds flied out to Walker and a walk to Daryl Boston ensued. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base and Herr hit a sacrifice fly to score Magadan. On the play, Boston moved to third via an error by catcher Nelson Santovenia. Cerone was hit by a pitch and Elster singled to bring home Boston for a 9-4 Mets lead. Burke then got Schourek on a ground ball to shortstop Spike Owen for the inning’s final out.

Walker singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Galarraga grounded out to Jefferies and a single by Santovenia followed. Owen doubled to score Walker with the Expos’ fifth run and Marquis Grissom was struck out. Schourek then retired DeShields on a fly ball to center fielder Coleman to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory with a late offensive surge.