June 5, 1990: O'Malley Homers in 11th

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Date: June 5, 1990
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 6
Expos: 5
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Tom O'Malley, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: McReynolds’ homer in 8th, O’Malley’s homer in 11th

The Mets played the Expos on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The game was 3-hours and 41-minutes long and lasted eleven innings. Tom O'Malley’s home run won it for the Mets, 6-5.

Each team scored two runs in the first three innings. For Montreal, Otis Nixon came home on an infield out in the first and Andres Galarraga singled to score Tim Raines in the third. The Mets scored on back-to-back doubles from Mackey Sasser and Kevin Elster with two out in the second and a third inning single by Darryl Strawberry that brought home Daryl Boston. Pitchers Bob Ojeda and Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd then kept the teams scoreless through the fifth.

Montreal plated two more runs off Ojeda in the sixth. Junior Noboa tripled to lead off and scored on a single by Spike Owen. Two groundouts moved Owen to third and a single by Dave Martinez brought him home for a 4-2 Expos’ lead. The Mets got a run back in the bottom half on Dave Magadan’s single off reliever Drew Hall that scored Strawberry.

Noboa’s double off Ron Darling in the seventh scored Tim Wallach for another Montreal run. In the bottom of the eighth, Gregg Jefferies reached first base with one out after Hall’s third strike got past catcher Mike Fitzgerald. Strawberry made the second out and Kevin McReynolds hit a two-run homer to tie the game for New York. The Mets then put two runners on base in the ninth and tenth innings, but failed to score each time.

John Franco retired the Expos in the top of the eleventh. In the bottom half, O’Malley led off against reliever Dale Mohorcic. Tom hit a home run to give the Mets an exciting come-from-behind victory. The game-winning blast was O’Malley’s first home run as a Met.

Notes

  • O’Malley’s home run was the second one he hit at Shea. His first one came as a Giant in 1982, which was also the first homer of his major league career.