June 29, 1982: Mets Come Back to Beat Expos

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Date: June 29, 1982
Mets starter: Charlie Puleo
Mets: 5
Expos: 4
Winning pitcher: Terry Leach
Key player(s): Ron Gardenhire, Rusty Staub, Wally Backman
Key play: Staub’s double in 6th, Gardenhire’s home run in 7th

The Mets and Expos began a three-game series on a Tuesday night in Montreal. The teams played a three-hour and 15-minute game in front of 29,194 fans at Olympic Stadium. After falling behind by four runs, the Mets came back for a 5-4 victory.

Expos’ starter Steve Rogers retired the Mets in order in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Jerry White got a leadoff single and stole second base. White moved to third on Frank Taveras’s ground out and scored on a single by Andre Dawson. An ensuing triple by Al Oliver brought home Dawson for the second Montreal run. Mets’ starter Charlie Puleo then got Gary Carter for a grounder on which first baseman Rusty Staub threw home for an out on Oliver to complete an inning-ending double play.

Rogers and Puleo each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the second and having runners at first and third in the fourth. Montreal came up empty despite two singles and three walks in the second and third innings. In the top of the fifth, the Mets again did not capitalize with the bases loaded. The Expos then increased their lead to 4-0 on Oliver’s two-run homer off Puleo in the bottom of the inning.

Wally Backman doubled and went to third base on a wild pitch to begin the top of the sixth. Rogers retired the next two batters and walked Mookie Wilson. A single by John Stearns scored Backman and advanced Wilson to third. Staub followed with a double to bring home Wilson and Stearns, making it a 4-3 game. Ray Burris replaced Rogers and retired George Foster for the third out. Mets’ reliever Terry Leach then struck out all three Expos batters in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Backman got a single with two outs. Ron Gardenhire homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Burris struck out Leach to end the inning and Terry shut down Montreal in the bottom half. Montreal reliever Jeff Reardon pitched a scoreless top of the eighth and Carter singled to open the bottom of the inning. Leach then set down the next three Expo hitters.

Reardon retired the Mets in order in the top of the ninth inning. Montreal’s Mike Gates led off the bottom half with a single to center field. Leach fanned Dan Norman and retired pinch-hitter John Milner on a fly ball to right fielder Ellis Valentine. Terry then got Dawson on a pop-up to shortstop Gardenhire for the final out of the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind win.

Notes

  • Gardenhire's home run was the first of his major league career.