July 4, 1996: Person and Mlicki Shut Out Expos

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Date: July 4, 1996
Mets starter: Robert Person
Mets: 4
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Robert Person
Key player(s): Robert Person, Dave Mlicki, Jeff Kent, Todd Hundley
Key play: Kent's double, Hundley's home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday night in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Robert Person and Dave Mlicki combined for a shutout in a 4-0 Mets win.

Expos' starter Jeff Fassero pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Person surrendered only a walk to Cliff Floyd in the bottom half and Fassero struck out the side in order in the top of the second. F. P Santangelo singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Lenny Webster hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Jeff Kent and a double by Dave Silvestri followed. Fassero then bunted back to Person for the inning's third out.

Fassero yielded just a single to Rey Ordonez in the top of the third. Person set down all three batters in the bottom half and Jose Vizcaino singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Bernard Gilkey hit a double and came around to score with Vizcaino on a double by Kent for a 2-0 Mets lead. Todd Hundley drew a walk and Alex Ochoa grounded out to third baseman Silvestri. Butch Huskey was walked intentionally to load the bases and Ordonez popped out to shortstop Mark Grudzielanek. Fassero struck out Person to end the inning. Robert then retired the Expos 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Person and Fassero each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Gilkey drew a one-out walk against Montreal reliever Barry Manuel in the top of the eighth. Kent grounded out to Grudzielanek and a homer by Hundley increased the Mets' lead to four runs. Ochoa was hit by a pitch and Manuel got Huskey on an inning-ending ground ball to Grudzielanek. Mike Lansing singled against Mlicki with one out in the bottom half. Floyd flied out to center fielder Lance Johnson and a single by Moises Alou ensued. Mlicki then struck out Henry Rodriguez to finish off the inning.

Expos' reliever Dave Veres hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Santangelo drew a walk to open the bottom half. Webster followed with a double play grounder to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. Mlicki then got Silvestri to ground out to Alfonzo and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory.