July 23, 1976: Unser's Homer Beats Mets in 11th
|Date: July 23, 1976|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Dale Murray|
|Key player(s): Del Unser, Pepe Mangual|
|Key play: Mangual's two-run triple, Unser's home run|
On the heels of a four-man trade between the two teams, the Mets and Expos faced each other at Montreal's Jarry Park. The Mets had dealt Del Unser and Wayne Garrett to Montreal for Pepe Mangual and Jim Dwyer only two days earlier. Players involved in the deal helped both teams in the game as the Expos came up with a 3-2 win on an 11th inning home run by Unser.
Tom Seaver and Montreal's Steve Rogers held the teams scoreless through four and one-half innings. Barry Foote and Larry Parrish then hit solo home runs off Seaver in the bottom of the fifth. The Expos had a 2-0 lead.
Rogers allowed only three hits to the Mets while keeping them shut out up to the seventh inning. Jerry Grote came up in the eighth and singled. Dwyer, pinch hitting for Bud Harrelson, added another single in his first at bat as a Met. Mangual stepped up and haunted his former team with a triple to left field that scored Grote and Dwyer to tie the game.
Dale Murray came in to relieve Rogers in the top of the eleventh inning. Murray set down the Mets in order. In the bottom of the inning, Unser came to bat against Mets' reliever Skip Lockwood. Like Mangual did before, Del came through with a clutch hit against his ex-teammates. He hit a home run off Lockwood that ended the game and brought victory to the Expos. An in-season deal had come back to hurt the Mets very quickly.