June 16, 1986: Strawberry and Dykstra Lift Mets Over Expos

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Date: June 16, 1986
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 4
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk
Key player(s): Ron Darling, Darryl Strawberry, Lenny Dykstra
Key play: Strawberry’s and Dykstra’s singles

The Mets faced the Expos on a Monday night in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Darryl Strawberry and Lenny Dykstra drove in three runs with singles in the 10th inning to give the Mets a 4-1 win.

Ron Darling and the Expos’ Jay Tibbs each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. George Foster drew a walk to open the top of the seventh. Ray Knight grounded out to third baseman Tim Wallach to advance pinch-runner Dykstra to second base. Rafael Santana grounded out to shortstop Hubie Brooks and a wild pitch moved Dykstra to third. Darling followed with a bunt on which first baseman Andres Galarraga mishandled catcher Dann Bilardello’s throw, allowing Dykstra to score for a 1-0 Mets lead. Mookie Wilson singled and Tibbs threw a called third strike past Wally Backman to end the inning. Darling then shut down the Expos in the bottom half.

Montreal relievers Bob McClure and Tim Burke combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Tim Raines drew a one-out walk against the Mets’ Roger McDowell in the bottom of the inning. Brooks singled and Wallach hit a single that brought home Raines with the tying run. McDowell got Galarraga to hit a ground ball to shortstop Santana for an inning-ending double play and Burke pitched a perfect top of the ninth. New York reliever Doug Sisk then hurled a scoreless bottom half to send the game onward.

Backman singled against Expos’ reliever Jeff Reardon with one out in the top of the 10th. Wally stole second base and a walk to Keith Hernandez ensued. Strawberry hit a single to drive home Backman and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. On the play, Hernandez advanced to third base via an error by center fielder Herm Winningham. Strawberry stole second and Gary Carter lined out to Brooks. Dykstra followed with a single that plated Hernandez and Strawberry with the Mets’ third and fourth runs of the game. On his own hit, Lenny went to second on a throw. Reardon then struck out Knight to finish off the inning.

Raines grounded out to Santana to open the bottom of the 10th. Brooks flied out to right fielder Strawberry and a hit-by-pitch put Wallach on base. Sisk then got Galarraga on a force play grounder to Santana for the game’s final out. The Mets had begun the series with an extra-inning victory.