April 4, 1988: Mets' 6 Homers Beat Expos
|Date: April 4, 1988|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Kevin McReynolds|
|Key play: Dykstra's home run in 6th, Strawberry's and McReynolds' homers in 7th|
The Mets began the season with a Monday afternoon game in Montreal. In the opener, the Mets set a team record by hitting six home runs in the game. They came away with a 10-6 win over the Expos.
In the first inning, Montreal got a run against Mets' starter Dwight Gooden. Mitch Webster got a one-out triple and came home on a single by Hubie Brooks. The Mets tied the game in the top of the second when Darryl Strawberry homered off the Expos' Dennis Martinez.
Kevin McReynolds singled to score Len Dykstra and put the Mets ahead in the third inning. In the top of the fourth, Howard Johnson led off with a single and Kevin Elster followed with a home run to increase the lead to 4-1. The Expos scored again against Gooden when Luis Rivera came home on a two-out double by Tim Raines in the bottom of the fourth.
For Montreal, Tim Wallach singled and Andrea Galarraga doubled to start the fifth inning against Gooden. Wallach scored on Tom Foley's ground out and Galarraga came home on a two-out single by Jeff Reed to tie the game, 4-4. The Mets then reclaimed the lead on Dykstra's three-run homer off Martinez in the top of the sixth.
Strawberry and McReynolds hit back-to-back homers off Expos' reliever Randy St. Claire in the seventh. In the eighth, Brooks hit a two-run homer off Mets' reliever David Cone to cut the New York lead to 9-6. McReynolds hit his second homer of the game in the top of the ninth off Montreal's Jeff Parrett.
Randy Myers retired the Expos in order in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets had a victory to start the new season. It was their fourth consecutive win in an Opening Day game.