June 27, 1991: Four Runs in 5th Beat Expos

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Date: June 27, 1991
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 4
Expos: 3
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Dave Magadan, Kevin McReynolds, Mark Carreon
Key play: Mets’ five singles in 5th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored four runs in the fifth inning for a 4-3 win over Montreal.

David Cone and the Expos’ Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. To begin the top of the fourth, Ivan Calderon was hit by a pitch. Tim Wallach followed with a double that scored Calderon and advanced to third base on a throw. Dave Martinez singled to drive home Wallach and pinch-hitter Spike Owen flied out to left fielder Mark Carreon. Gil Reyes popped out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies and a double by Bret Barberie plated Martinez for a 3-0 Montreal lead. Cone threw a called third strike past Boyd to end the inning. Oil Can then held the Mets to singles by Kevin McReynolds and Carreon in a scoreless bottom half.

Cone shut down the Expos in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the inning, David hit a one-out single and moved to second base via an error by catcher Reyes on a pickoff play. Daryl Boston popped out to Reyes and a single by Dave Magadan brought home Cone. Jefferies singled and McReynolds followed with a single that scored Magadan. A passed ball by Reyes advanced the runners to second and third and Howard Johnson was walked intentionally to load the bases. Carreon hit a single to drive home Jefferies and McReynolds, putting the Mets ahead by a run. Boyd then retired Rick Cerone on a fly ball to center fielder Marquis Grissom to finish off the inning.

Cone and Expos’ reliever Jeff Fassero each hurled a scoreless sixth. Barberie and pinch-hitter Eric Bullock began the top of the seventh with back-to-back infield singles. Grissom hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Johnson and a fly ball by Delino DeShields was caught by Carreon. Cone got Calderon on an inning-ending force play grounder to shortstop Kevin Elster and Montreal’s Tim Burke set down the side in order in the bottom half. For the Mets, reliever Jeff Innis pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Burke then retired all three New York batters in the bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Junior Noboa to start the top of the ninth. Barberie was also called out on strikes. Franco then got pinch-hitter Mike Fitzgerald to fly out to right fielder McReynolds and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.