August 14, 1988: Teufel's Sacrifice Fly Beats Expos

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Date: August 14, 1988
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 4
Expos: 3
Winning pitcher: Roger McDowell
Key player(s): Gary Carter, Kevin McReynolds, Tim Teufel
Key play: Carter’s and McReynolds’ home runs, Teufel’s sacrifice fly

The Mets and Expos faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. The teams played at 12:00PM to start the Banner Day twinbill at Shea Stadium. A sacrifice fly by Tim Teufel in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Mets a 4-3 win over Montreal.

Ron Darling and the Expos’ John Dopson each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Andres Galarraga got a double with one out in the top of the fourth. Hubie Brooks followed with a two-run homer and Tim Wallach went down on strikes. Tom Foley homered for a 3-0 Montreal lead. Darling retired Mike Fitzgerald on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Wally Backman. With one out in the bottom half, Kevin McReynolds drew a walk. Gary Carter slugged a homer to cut the Expos’ lead to one run. Howard Johnson flied out to right fielder Brooks. Dopson then got Kevin Elster to pop out to shortstop Rex Hudler and end the inning.

Following a scoreless fifth, Darling shut down the Expos again in the top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, McReynolds hit a home run to tie the game at 3-3. Carter singled and Dopson was replaced on the mound by Montreal reliever Neal Heaton. Johnson hit a ground ball to third baseman Wallach for a double play. Elster grounded to Wallach for the inning’s third out and Darling hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. The Mets had runners at first and second base with one out in the bottom half. Keith Hernandez then hit a grounder back to Heaton for an inning-ending double play.

Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell retired the Expos on three consecutive infield grounders in the top of the eighth inning. Heaton pitched a perfect bottom half and McDowell yielded only a single to Brooks in the top of the ninth. Johnson drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Howard moved to second base on Elster’s sacrifice bunt and pinch-hitter Barry Lyons drew a walk. Lenny Dykstra was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Heaton was relieved by Montreal’s Tim Burke. Teufel greeted Burke with a sacrifice fly that plated Johnson and ended the game. The Mets had a victory to start the Banner Day doubleheader.