June 12, 1994: McReynolds' Homers Beat Expos
|Date: June 12, 1994|
|Mets starter: Pete Smith|
|Winning pitcher: Josias Manzanillo|
|Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds|
|Key play: McReynolds' two home runs|
The Mets concluded a three-game series with the Expos at Shea Stadium on a Sunday afternoon. Pete Smith took the mound for New York in an effort to avoid a Montreal sweep. Kevin McReynolds stole the show with two home runs to lead the Mets to a 5-4 win.
Smith faced the minimum six batters over the first two innings. In the bottom of the second, David Segui homered off Montreal starter Gabe White for a 1-0 Mets lead. The Expos responded with three runs in the third on two RBI singles and an error by Mets' catcher Kelly Stinnett on which Marquis Grissom scored.
In the bottom of the third inning, Smith got a leadoff single to right field. Jose Vizcaino walked and Stinnett was retired on an infield pop-up. McReynolds hammered a three-run homer to put the Mets in front, 4-3. Montreal reliever Butch Henry then replaced White to finish the inning.
Smith and Henry each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. In the top of the seventh, Freddie Benavides hit a double with one out. After a walk to pinch-hitter Lou Frazier, Mets' reliever Josias Manzanillo struck out Grissom. The Expos then tied the game on Cliff Floyd's single that scored Benavides.
Manzanillo retired Montreal with a perfect top of the eighth inning. McReynolds began the bottom half with a home run off the Expos' Mel Rojas to put the Mets back in front. Rojas struck out the next three batters to end the inning.
In the ninth, John Franco struck out Sean Berry before issuing two straight walks. Franco then got Grissom to ground into a double play for the final outs the game. The Mets had a victory that prevented a sweep and stopped a five-game losing streak.