August 1, 1990: Mets Come Back, Win in 12 Innings

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Date: August 1, 1990
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 6
Expos: 4
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Keith Miller, Tim Teufel, Gregg Jefferies, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Jefferies’ and McReynolds’ singles in 8th and 12th, Teufel’s home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Wednesday night in Montreal. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Olympic Stadium. After coming back from a three-run deficit, the Mets scored two runs in the 12th inning for a 6-4 win.

Ron Darling and the Expos’ Zane Smith each started the game with two perfect innings pitched. Smith gave up just a single to Darling in the top of the third and Tom Foley singled for the first Montreal hit to open the bottom half. Jerry Goff followed with a single to advance Foley to third base. Smith hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Gregg Jefferies on which Foley came home for a 1-0 Expos lead. Darling then retired Delino DeShields on a grounder to Jefferies for the third out of the inning.

Smith held the Mets to a leadoff double by Howard Johnson in the top of the fourth. Darling yielded only a double to Tim Raines in the bottom half and Smith gave up just a single to Kevin Elster in the top of the fifth. Mike Aldrete singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Foley flied out to center fielder Keith Miller and a single by Goff sent Aldrete to third base. Smith followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Elster to score Aldrete with the second Montreal run of the game. Darling then issued a walk to DeShields and retired Dave Martinez on a grounder to Jefferies that ended the inning.

Jefferies and Kevin McReynolds got back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the sixth. Mark Carreon singled to drive home Jefferies and a called third strike was thrown past Dave Magadan for the inning’s final out. Tim Wallach got a one-out single in the bottom half. Andres Galarraga followed with a two-run homer for a 4-1 Expos lead. Aldrete was retired on a ground ball to Jefferies. Darling then struck out Foley to finish off the inning.

Smith set down the Mets on three consecutive outfield fly balls in the top of the seventh. New York reliever Kevin Brown got Goff to ground out to first baseman Magadan to begin the bottom half. Smith reached on Elster’s error and DeShields flied out to left fielder McReynolds. Martinez followed with a single to right field. Raines then hit a single on which Smith reached third base, but was out on McReynolds’ throw to third baseman Howard Johnson to end the inning.

Miller singled against Smith to lead off the top of the eighth. Howard Johnson hit a single and advanced to third base on Jefferies’ single that drove home Miller. McReynolds hit a single against Montreal reliever Tim Burke to score Howard Johnson and cut the Expos’ lead to 4-3. Pinch-hitter Darryl Strawberry followed with a force play grounder to second baseman DeShields. Burke got Magadan to hit a ground ball to shortstop Foley for an inning-ending double play. Mets’ reliever Alejandro Pena then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Burke retired pinch-hitter Tom O'Malley on a grounder to DeShields to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser grounded out to first baseman Galarraga. With the Mets an out away from defeat, pinch-hitter Tim Teufel homered to tie the game at 4-4. Miller followed with a single to left field. Burke got Howard Johnson to pop out to Foley and finish off the inning. Mets’ reliever John Franco then set down the side in order in the bottom half to send the game onward.

Expos’ reliever Dale Mohorcic hurled a perfect top of the 10th. Franco retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and O’Malley singled with one out in the top of the 11th. Sasser flied out to left fielder Raines and a single by pinch-hitter David Cone ensued. On Cone's hit, O'Malley was out via a throw by center fielder Otis Nixon to third baseman Wallach to end the inning. Galarraga singled against New York’s Bob Ojeda with one out in the bottom half. Nixon hit a single and Spike Owen’s fly out to center fielder Daryl Boston advanced the runners to second and third base. Pinch-hitter Wallace Johnson was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ojeda then retired Mike Fitzgerald on a fly ball to Boston for the third out of the inning.

Miller singled against Montreal reliever Bill Sampen to begin the top of the 12th. Keith stole second base and Howard Johnson was struck out. Jefferies hit a single to bring home Miller and put the Mets ahead, 5-4. Gregg stole second and scored the sixth New York run on a single by McReynolds. Boston got a bunt single and the Expos’ Mel Rojas retired Magadan on a foul pop-up to Wallach. Rojas then threw a called third strike past O’Malley to close out the inning.

DeShields fouled out to shortstop Howard Johnson (who had shifted from third) to open the bottom of the 11th. Marquis Grissom was retired on a ground ball back to Ojeda. Bob then got Raines to ground out to third baseman O’Malley and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory in extra innings.