August 1, 1987: Leach Wins 9th in Rout of Expos

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Date: August 1, 1987
Mets starter: Terry Leach
Mets: 12
Expos: 4
Winning pitcher: Terry Leach
Key player(s): Terry Leach, Dave Magadan, Lenny Dykstra, Howard Johnson
Key play: Magadan’s triple, Dykstra’s double, Johnson’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday night in Montreal. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Olympic Stadium. Terry Leach recorded his ninth straight winning decision in a 12-4 Mets victory.

Lenny Dykstra drew a walk to lead off the top of the first inning. Dykstra stole second base and moved to third on Wally Backman’s sacrifice bunt. Keith Hernandez singled to score Dykstra with the first run of the game. Expos’ starter Floyd Youmans got Darryl Strawberry to pop out to third baseman Tim Wallach and retired Kevin McReynolds on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Hubie Brooks. With one out in the bottom half, Mitch Webster walked and stole second. Tim Raines hit a single to drive home Webster with the tying run. Raines stole second and Wallach grounded out to third baseman Dave Magadan. Brooks then lined back to Leach for the inning’s final out.

Howard Johnson drew a walk with one out in the top of the second. Magadan tripled to bring home Johnson and a fly ball by Leach was caught by left fielder Raines. Dykstra walked and stole second base. Backman drew a walk to load the bases and Hernandez flied out to Raines to end the inning. Leach pitched a perfect bottom half and Youmans set down all three Mets batters in the top of the third. Terry then retired the Expos in order in the bottom of the inning.

Johnson reached on an error by first baseman Vance Law to open the top of the fourth. Howard stole second base and Magadan drew a walk. A sacrifice bunt by Leach advanced the runners to second and third base. Dykstra doubled to score Johnson and Magadan, increasing the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Lenny stole third and Backman drew a walk. Youmans was replaced on the mound by Montreal reliever Andy McGaffigan, who retired Hernandez on a fly ball to Raines. Trying to score after the catch, Dykstra was out on Raines’ throw to catcher Jeff Reed for an inning-ending double play. Leach then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Strawberry drew a walk to lead off the top of the fifth. McReynolds hit a single to send Strawberry to third base. Gary Carter reached on an error by McGaffigan that plated Strawberry and moved McReynolds to third. Howard Johnson followed with a double play grounder to second baseman Tom Foley on which McReynolds scored the Mets’ sixth run. Magadan flied out to Raines to finish off the inning and Law singled to begin the bottom half. Foley went down on strikes and Reed grounded out to shortstop Howard Johnson. Pinch-hitter Wallace Johnson singled to score Law and reduce the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Leach then got Casey Candaele to pop out to second baseman Backman and end the inning.

Against Expos’ reliever Bob McClure, Leach got to second base on Wallach’s error to begin the top of the sixth. Terry moved to third base on Dykstra’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by pinch-hitter Tim Teufel. Hernandez drew a walk and Strawberry reached on an error by center fielder Candaele that allowed Teufel to come home. McReynolds walked to load the bases and Montreal’s Randy St. Claire struck out Carter. Howard Johnson hit a grand slam to extend the Mets’ lead to 12-2. St. Claire retired Magadan on a fly ball to Raines that ended the inning. Leach then surrendered only a walk to pinch-hitter Dave Engle in the bottom half.

St. Claire set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Leach yielded just a single to Foley in the bottom of the inning and St. Claire gave up only a single to Mookie Wilson in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk walked Candaele to begin the bottom half. Webster doubled to drive home Candaele and advanced to third base on an error by right fielder Wilson. Herm Winningham grounded out to second baseman Teufel to score Webster with the Expos’ fourth run of the game. Engle went down on strikes and Sisk retired Reid Nichols on an inning-ending grounder to Magadan. Coming in from the infield to take over on the mound, Law hurled a perfect top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco retired Law on a fly ball to left fielder Lee Mazzilli to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Foley grounded out to Howard Johnson. Orosco then got Reed to foul out to catcher Carter and end the game. The Mets had an easy win as Leach chalked up his ninth win of the season without a defeat.