August 8, 1983: Mets Beat Expos in 10

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Date: August 8, 1983
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Expos: 5
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): George Foster, Rusty Staub, Darryl Strawberry, Jesse Orosco
Key play: Foster’s and Staub’s singles, Reardon’s error

The Mets faced the Expos on a Monday night in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored a run in the 10th inning for a 6-5 win.

Tom Seaver and the Expos’ Ray Burris each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fourth. Junior Ortiz got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Seaver’s sacrifice bunt advanced Ortiz to second base and Mookie Wilson flied out to center fielder Andre Dawson to end the inning. Leading off the bottom half, Tim Wallach homered for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Doug Flynn popped out to shortstop Bob Bailor and a strikeout of Burris ensued. Seaver then retired Tim Raines on a grounder to first baseman Keith Hernandez for the inning’s final out.

Hubie Brooks singled against Burris to open the top of the sixth. Hernandez hit a single and moved to third base on George Foster’s single that scored Brooks. Darryl Strawberry drew a walk to load the bases. Bailor followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Flynn to bring home Hernandez for a 2-1 Mets lead. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub singled to drive home Foster. On the play, Dawson made an error on which Staub went to third and Bailor came home. Expos’ reliever Bob James issued a walk to pinch-hitter Danny Heep. An ensuing sacrifice bunt by Seaver plated pinch-runner Jose Oquendo and lengthened the New York lead to 5-1. James struck out Wilson to finish off the inning. Seaver then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

James held the Mets to a double by Foster in the top of the seventh. Warren Cromartie doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Gary Carter singled to drive home Cromartie and a single by Wallach followed. Pinch-hitter Terry Crowley grounded out to shortstop Oquendo to advance the runners to second and third base. Pinch-hitter Mike Stenhouse was retired on a grounder to Oquendo that brought home Carter and sent Wallach to third. Raines reached on an error by second baseman Bailor (who had shifted from shortstop) that allowed Wallach to score. Raines stole both second and third before coming home on Bryan Little’s single to tie the game at 5-5. Seaver then got Dawson on a foul pop-up to Hernandez that ended the inning.

Montreal reliever Dan Schatzeder gave up only a single to Ron Hodges in the top of the eighth. The Mets’ Jesse Orosco yielded just a single to Carter in the bottom half and Schatzeder pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Chris Speier grounded back to Orosco to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Jim Wohlford flied out to left fielder Foster and a single by Raines ensued. Raines stole second and Orosco retired Little on an inning-ending grounder to Oquendo that sent the game onward.

Strawberry hit a triple against Expos’ reliever Jeff Reardon with one out in the top of the 10th. Bailor was given an intentional walk. With Oquendo at bat, Reardon made an errant pickoff throw that allowed Strawberry to score the go-ahead run and Bailor to move to third base. Oquendo followed with a ground ball on which second baseman Little threw to catcher Carter for an out at home on Bailor. Reardon then got Hodges to ground out to first baseman Al Oliver and end the inning.

Dawson got an infield single to open the bottom of the 10th. With Oliver at the plate, Dawson was caught by Orosco’s pickoff throw and tagged out by Oquendo. Oliver grounded out to Bailor and a walk to pinch-hitter Mike Vail ensued. Orosco then retired Carter on a fly ball to Foster to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to start the series.