June 25, 1971: Ryan Strikes Out 10 in Win

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Date: June 25, 1971
Mets starter: Nolan Ryan
Mets: 4
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Nolan Ryan
Key player(s): Nolan Ryan, Jerry Grote, Dave Marshall, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Grote’s RBI double, Marshall’s single, Kranepool’s single

The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Friday evening. The teams played a two-hour and fifty-three-minute opener of the twinbill at Montreal’s Jarry Park. Nolan Ryan pitched a complete game with ten strikeouts in a 4-1 Mets win.

Expos’ starter Jim Britton pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Ron Hunt hit a single to lead off the bottom half. Stan Swanson singled and Rusty Staub hit a single to drive home Hunt for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Ron Fairly went down on strikes and Bob Bailey popped out to first baseman Ed Kranepool. Ryan then struck out John Bateman to end the inning.

Dave Marshall drew a leadoff walk in the top of the second. Ken Boswell grounded out to first baseman Fairly and a double by Jerry Grote scored Dave Marshall. Tim Foli flied out to right fielder Staub and a strikeout of Ryan finished off the inning. Nolan shut down the Expos in the bottom half and Britton retired the Mets in order in the top of the third. To begin the bottom of the inning, Hunt singled and Swanson was hit by a pitch. Staub and Fairly were struck out and Bailey drew a walk to load the bases. Ryan then fanned Bateman for the inning’s final out.

Boswell drew a walk against Britton with one out in the top of the fourth. Grote doubled and Montreal reliever Claude Raymond issued an intentional walk to Foli to load the bases. Ryan followed with a grounder on which Raymond threw to catcher Bateman for an out at home on Boswell. Bateman threw to Fairly to complete a double play that ended the inning. Ryan hurled a scoreless bottom half and Mike Jorgensen got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Cleon Jones drew a walk and Kranepool flied out to center fielder Boots Day. Dave Marshall singled to bring home Jorgensen and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Raymond got Boswell on a force play ground ball to second baseman Hunt for the third out of the inning. Ryan then yielded just a single to Swanson in the bottom half.

Leading off the top of the sixth, Grote hit his third double of the game. Raymond set down the next three Mets hitters to close out the inning and Bateman got a single with one out in the bottom half. Day singled Gary Sutherland fouled out to catcher Grote. Ryan struck out pinch-hitter Jim Fairey to end the inning and Jorgensen singled against Expos’ reliever Mike Marshall to begin the top of the seventh. Jones walked and Kranepool hit a single that plated Jorgensen. On the play, Jones came home via an error by Staub for the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Dave Marshall was hit by a pitch and Mike Marshall struck out the next three batters to finish off the inning. To begin the bottom half, Hunt singled and Swanson was struck out. Ryan then retired both Staub and Fairly on fly balls to left fielder Jones for the inning’s final outs.

Mike Marshall pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Bailey grounded out to shortstop Bud Harrelson to begin the bottom half. Bateman went down on strikes and Day singled to center field. Sutherland followed with a single and Ryan threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Jim Gosger to close out the inning. Montreal reliever Howie Reed then gave up only a double to Kranepool in the top of the ninth.

Hunt fouled out to Jones to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Ryan fanned Swanson for his tenth strikeout. Nolan then got Staub to pop out to Harrelson and end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.