June 24, 1982: Puleo Leads Mets Past Expos

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Date: June 24, 1982
Mets starter: Charlie Puleo
Mets: 3
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Charlie Puleo
Key player(s): Charlie Puleo, Bob Bailor, Mike Jorgensen
Key play: Mets’ singles in 6th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Charlie Puleo pitched eight shutout innings in an eventual 3-1 Mets win over Montreal.

Puleo and the Expos’ Bill Gullickson each hurled two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Mike Gates singled to lead off the top of the sixth. Andre Dawson fouled out to catcher Ron Hodges and a fly ball by Al Oliver was caught by center fielder Mookie Wilson. A single by Gary Carter advanced Gates to third base. Puleo then got Warren Cromartie to fly out to Wilson and end the inning.

Wilson singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Mookie stole second base and moved to third on catcher Carter’s throwing error. Bob Bailor hit a single to drive home Wilson with the first run of the game. On his own hit, Bailor was out at second via a throw by right fielder Cromartie to shortstop Frank Taveras. George Foster got an infield single. Dave Kingman singled to send Foster to third and advanced to second on a throw. John Stearns grounded out to third baseman Brad Mills and a single by Mike Jorgensen brought home Foster. Hodges bunted for a single that scored Kingman for a 3-0 Mets lead. Gullickson then got Wally Backman on a force play ground ball to Taveras for the inning’s final out.

Puleo gave up just a single to Mills in the top of the seventh. Montreal reliever Bryn Smith pitched a perfect bottom half and Puleo fanned both Tim Raines and Gates to open the top of the eighth. Dawson singled and stole second base. Oliver was retired on a grounder to shortstop Ron Gardenhire to close out the inning. Smith then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Carter homered to lead off the top of the ninth. Cromartie flied out to left fielder Ellis Valentine and a walk to Mills ensued. Pinch-hitter John Milner walked and Puleo was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Mike Scott. Pinch-hitter Jerry White greeted Scott with a single to load the bases. Raines followed with a ground ball on which Scott threw to Hodges for an out at home on Mills. Hodges then threw to first baseman Jorgensen to complete a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory to finish off the series.