August 9, 1986: Mets Come Back to Beat Expos

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Date: August 9, 1986
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 10
Expos: 8
Winning pitcher: Roger McDowell
Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, Mookie Wilson, Gary Carter
Key play: Hernandez’s single, Wilson’s home run, Carter’s single

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. The Mets came from behind for a 10-8 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Expos’ starter Jay Tibbs retired the side in order in the top of the second. Andre Dawson hit a double against the Mets’ Ron Darling to begin the bottom half. Tim Wallach singled to drive home Dawson for a 1-0 Montreal lead. On Darling’s third strike to Wayne Krenchicki, Wallach was caught stealing via a throw by catcher Gary Carter to shortstop Rafael Santana for a double play. Luis Rivera followed with a single to center field. On the hit, Rivera was caught at second base for the inning’s final out.

Tibbs pitched a perfect top of the third and singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Tom Foley hit a single and Mitch Webster fouled out to third baseman Ray Knight. Darling got Tim Raines on an inning-ending line drive to right fielder Darryl Strawberry and a double by Lenny Dykstra opened the top of the fourth. Wally Backman’s ground out to first baseman Krenchicki moved Dykstra to third and Keith Hernandez popped out to second baseman Foley. Tibbs then threw a called third strike past Carter to close out the inning.

Dawson homered for the Expos’ second run to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Darling set down the next three Montreal batters and Tibbs gave up only a walk to Knight in a scoreless top of the fifth. To begin the bottom half, Dann Bilardello drew a walk and advanced to second base on Tibbs’ ground out to Santana. Bilardello moved to third on a balk and scored on Backman’s error of Foley’s ground ball. On the third strike to Webster, Foley was caught stealing on Carter’s throw to Santana to complete a double play that ended the inning.

Backman drew a two-out walk in the top of the sixth. An ensuing double by Hernandez scored Backman with the Mets’ first run of the game. Carter was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Dawson to end the inning and Darling pitched a perfect bottom half. Tibbs shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh and Krenchick drew a walk to begin the bottom of the inning. Rivera reached third base on Darling’s error that allowed Krenchicki to score. Bilardello singled to drive home Rivera and advanced to second on Tibbs’ sacrifice bunt. Mets’ reliever Randy Myers struck out Foley and yielded a single to Webster that plated Bilardello for a 6-1 Montreal lead. Myers then fanned Raines to close out the inning.

Howard Johnson hit a pinch-hit double to lead off the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli drew a walk and Dykstra singled to drive home Johnson. Expos’ reliever Bob McClure walked pinch-hitter Tim Teufel to load the bases and Hernandez hit a single that brought home Mazzilli and Dykstra. Montreal’s Tim Burke hit Carter with a pitch to load the bases once again and a sacrifice fly by Strawberry scored Teufel. Mookie Wilson followed with a three-run homer that put the Mets ahead, 8-6. Burke then retired Knight on a fly ball to Dawson and struck out Johnson to end the inning.

Wallach got an infield single against Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell to open the bottom of the eighth. Vance Law reached second base on an error by shortstop Johnson. Rivera grounded out to Johnson to drive home Wallach and send Law to third. An ensuing triple by pinch-hitter Wallace Johnson scored Law to tie the game. McDowell then got pinch-hitter Jim Wohlford on a ground ball back to the mound to finish off the inning.

Expos’ reliever Jeff Reardon issued a walk to Mazzilli to begin the top of the ninth. Dykstra’s sacrifice bunt moved Mazzilli to second base and Teufel drew a walk. Hernandez walked to load the bases and Carter singled to bring home Mazzilli and Teufel, regaining a two-run lead for the Mets. Against Montreal’s Dave Tomlin, Strawberry hit a force play grounder to Foley and stole second base. Tomlin then struck out pinch-hitter Ed Hearn to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco retired Foley on a fly ball to center fielder Dykstra to start the bottom of the ninth. Webster flied out to Dykstra and a single by George Wright ensued. Orosco then got Dawson to foul out to Carter and end the game. The Mets had a victory with a late comeback.


  • The save for Orosco was his 86th as a Met, breaking the team record of 85 set by Tug McGraw.