April 27, 1975: Rally in 7th Overtakes Expos

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Date: April 27, 1975
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 7
Expos: 6
Winning pitcher: Harry Parker
Key player(s): Felix Millan, Dave Kingman, Bob Apodaca
Key play: Millan’s and Kingman’s singles in 7th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Sunday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the latter half of a rain-shortened two-game series. The Mets scored six runs in the seventh inning for a 7-6 comeback win.

Expos’ starter Dave McNally retired the Mets in order in the top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Tim Foli got a single to right field. Gary Carter followed with a triple that scored Foli with the first run of the game. Bob Bailey drew a walk and a triple by Larry Parrish drove in two runs. Mets’ starter Jerry Koosman threw a wild pitch to score Parrish for a 4-0 Montreal lead. Koosman then struck out Pete Mackanin and got Mike Jorgensen on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Felix Millan.

From the second inning to the fourth, McNally and Koosman each pitched scoreless ball. Joe Torre got a leadoff single for the Mets’ first baserunner in the top of the fifth. McNally struck out Dave Kingman and John Milner before giving up a double to Jerry Grote that moved Torre to third base. On an ensuing single by Bud Harrelson, Torre scored and Grote was out at home on a throw by center fielder Pepe Mangual to catcher Barry Foote to end the inning.

Foli drew a walk to open the bottom of the fifth. Carter doubled to score Foli and advanced to third base on Bailey’s ground out to first baseman Milner. A single by Parrish plated Carter to extend the Expos’ lead to 6-1. Koosman fanned Mackanin and yielded a double to Jorgensen. On the hit, center fielder Del Unser threw to Millan, who then threw to catcher Grote for the inning-ending out on Parrish at home. McNally shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth and Montreal loaded the bases with one out against reliever Harry Parker in the bottom half. Parker then struck out Carter and retired Tony Scott on a fly ball to left fielder Kingman for the third out.

Kingman singled to lead off the top of the seventh inning. Milner drew a walk and Grote singled to score Kingman. Harrelson grounded out to first baseman Jorgensen and a walk to pinch-hitter Gene Clines loaded the bases. Unser hit a ground ball to third baseman Parrish on which Milner was forced out at home. Millan followed with a single to drive home Grote and Clines. A single by Rusty Staub plated Unser to cut the Montreal lead to 6-5. McNally was then replaced on the mound by reliever Dale Murray.

Torre reached on an error by second baseman Mackanin that brought home Millan with the tying run. Kingman singled for his second hit of the inning to score Staub and put the Mets in front. Murray retired Milner on a fly ball to Mangual for the third out and Mets’ reliever Bob Apodaca pitched a perfect bottom half. The Mets put runners at first and third with one out against Murray in the top of the eighth inning. Expos’ reliever Woodie Fryman then got Unser to hit a grounder to shortstop Foli for an inning-ending double play.

Apodaca shut down Montreal in the bottom of the eighth. For the Expos, reliever Chuck Taylor retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Carter grounded out to shortstop Harrelson to open the bottom of the inning. Scott hit a grounder in front of the plate on which he was thrown out by Grote. Apodaca then got Parrish on a ground ball back to the mound to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.