April 25, 1984: Foster's Single in 11th Wins It

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Date: April 25, 1984
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 2
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Rusty Staub, George Foster, Jesse Orosco
Key play: Staub’s double, Foster’s single

The Mets faced the Expos on a Wednesday afternoon. The teams played a three-hour and eleven-minute game at Olympic Stadium. George Foster hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning for a 2-1 Mets win.

Dwight Gooden and the Expos’ David Palmer each started the game with three perfect innings pitched. Ron Gardenhire singled to become the game’s first baserunner with one out in the top of the fourth. Keith Hernandez was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Pete Rose. Gardenhire stole second base and Foster drew a walk. Palmer struck out Darryl Strawberry to end the inning. Gooden then surrendered just a walk to Bryan Little in the bottom half.

Mookie Wilson got a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Hubie Brooks went down on strikes and Wilson stole second base. A passed ball by catcher Gary Carter advanced Wilson to third. Junior Ortiz followed with a ground ball on which Wilson got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by Palmer. On the play, Ortiz went to second. Palmer retired Gooden on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Tim Wallach. Dwight then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

Palmer set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Terry Francona singled to open the bottom of the inning. A balk advanced Francona to second base and Angel Salazar was struck out. Palmer also went down on strikes and Rose reached on second baseman Wally Backman’s error that allowed Francona to score for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Gooden then got Little to fly out to left fielder Foster and finish off the inning.

Palmer hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Gooden shut down the Expos in the bottom half and pinch-hitter Danny Heep got a one-out single against Montreal reliever Jeff Reardon in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub followed with a double to drive home Heep and tie the game at 1-1. On his own hit, Staub advanced to third base via an error by right fielder Andre Dawson. With Backman at bat, Reardon made a pickoff throw to Wallach for an out on pinch-runner Ross Jones. Backman singled and Reardon retired Gardenhire on an inning-ending fly ball to Rose. Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Expos’ reliever Gary Lucas gave up just a single to Strawberry in the top of the ninth. Tim Raines singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Dawson drew a walk and Sisk retired Carter on a pop-up to shortstop Gardenhire for the inning’s third out. Lucas hurled a perfect top of the 10th and Derrel Thomas got a two-out double against Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco in the bottom half. Orosco then retired pinch-hitter Chris Speier on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry to close out the inning.

Hernandez hit a double against Montreal reliever Greg Harris with two outs in the top of the 11th. Foster singled to score Hernandez and put the Mets ahead by a run. On a throw to the plate, George advanced to second base. Strawberry was walked intentionally and Harris struck out Wilson to end the inning. Rose went down on strikes to open the bottom half. Little was retired on a pop-up to Gardenhire. Orosco then fanned Raines for the game’s final out. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.