August 5, 1993: Mets Outlast Expos in 13

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Date: August 5, 1993
Mets starter: Eric Hillman
Mets: 12
Expos: 9
Winning pitcher: Mike Draper
Key player(s): Jeromy Burnitz, Jeff Kent, Joe Orsulak
Key play: Kent’s home run, Burnitz’s grand slam, Orsulak’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday afternoon in Montreal. The teams went into extra innings to conclude a four-game series. In the 13th, the Mets scored three runs to come away with a 12-9 win.

Joe Orsulak got a one-out triple in the top of the first inning. Expos’ starter Dennis Martinez struck out Eddie Murray and walked Bobby Bonilla. A single by Jeromy Burnitz scored Orsulak with the first run of the game. Jeff Kent hit a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Martinez then retired Todd Hundley on a fly ball to center fielder Marquis Grissom to end the inning.

Delino DeShields and Mike Lansing got back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the first. Catcher Hundley’s passed ball advanced the runners to second and third base. Grissom was retired on a grounder back to Mets’ starter Eric Hillman. A sacrifice fly by Larry Walker drove home DeShields. Hillman then got Moises Alou on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Kent.

Martinez and Hillman each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Hillman led off with a double and moved to third base on Orsulak’s one-out single to center field. Murray doubled to plate Hillman and send Orsulak to third. Bonilla was walked intentionally to load the bases. Burnitz followed with a grand slam that increased the Mets’ lead to 9-1. Kent hit the Mets’ third double of the inning and Martinez was replaced on the mound by Montreal reliever Gil Heredia. Hundley grounded out to first baseman Derrick White. Heredia then got Kevin Baez to ground out to third baseman Sean Berry and close out the inning.

White homered to begin the bottom of the fifth. Berry drew a walk and came around to score on DeShields’ ensuing triple. Lansing popped out to third baseman Bonilla and an infield single by Grissom brought home DeShields. Walker hit a single on which Grissom went to third base and Pete Schourek came in to pitch for the Mets. A sacrifice fly by Alou scored Grissom to reduce the Mets’ lead to 9-5. Darrin Fletcher singled to move Walker to third. Schourek then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Frank Bolick for the final out of the inning.

Expos’ reliever Jeff Shaw shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. White and Berry got back-to-back doubles for the sixth Montreal run to start the bottom half. DeShields followed with a bunt single on which Berry went to third. Lansing doubled off Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis to bring home Berry and DeShields. A single by Grissom plated Lansing from third base (he had advanced on a throw) and tied the game at 9-9. Grissom moved to second on Walker’s ground out to shortstop Baez and to third on a balk by Innis. Jeff then set down the next two batters to end the inning.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Expos’ reliever Brian Barnes in the top of the seventh. Innis and Mets’ reliever Mike Maddux combined for a scoreless bottom of the inning. Montreal’s Tim Scott pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Maddux did the same in the bottom half and Scott shut down the Mets again in the top of the ninth. Maddux then retired all three Expos batters in the bottom of the inning to send the game onward.

Scott and Mets’ reliever Dave Telgheder each retired the side in order in the 10th. Montreal’s Mel Rojas pitched a scoreless top of the 11th and Telgheder allowed only a single to Grissom in the bottom half. To open the top of the 12th, Burnitz walked and advanced to second on Kent’s sacrifice bunt. Rojas issued an intentional walk to Hundley. Pinch-hitter Dave Gallagher hit a ground ball to third baseman Berry for an inning-ending double play. Mets’ reliever Mike Draper then set down the Expos 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Jeff McKnight began the top of the 13th inning with a single off Montreal’s John Wetteland. Ryan Thompson reached on Wetteland’s error that sent McKnight to third base. Orsulak singled to score McKnight and give the Mets a 10-9 lead. Murray struck out and Bonilla popped out to Berry. Burnitz doubled to score Thompson and Orsulak (his sixth and seventh RBIs of the game) to extend the Mets’ lead to three runs. Wetteland then got Kent to fly out to left fielder Alou and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Anthony Young retired Berry on a grounder to third baseman McKnight to start the bottom of the 13th. Young followed up with walks to Lou Frazier and Lansing. Grissom hit a force play grounder to shortstop Tim Bogar. Young then struck out Walker to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to finish off the series.

Notes

  • The win for Draper was the only one of his major league career.