May 1, 1987: Teufel's Homer in 9th Beats Expos
|Date: May 1, 1987|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco|
|Key player(s): Tim Teufel, Darryl Strawberry|
|Key play: Strawberry's homer, Teufel's homer|
The Mets and Expos faced each other on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams combined for 23 hits against seven different pitchers in the second of a four-game weekend series. The Mets emerged victorious by a 7-6 score on Tim Teufel's home run in the ninth inning.
Mets' starter Ron Darling shut down the Expos in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Wally Backman singled with one out against Montreal's Bryn Smith. Keith Hernandez lined out to shortstop Tom Foley and Darryl Strawberry homered for a 2-0 Mets lead. The Expos got a run in the top of the second on Mike Fitzgerald's home run off Darling. The Mets responded on Barry Lyons' solo homer off Smith in the bottom of the inning.
Smith and Casey Candaele began the top of the third inning with singles off Darling. Foley followed with a three-run homer to put Montreal ahead, 4-3. Darling retired Andres Galarraga and gave up a single to Tim Wallach. Ron then got Fitzgerald to hit into a double play for the final outs of the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Kevin McReynolds led off with a double and advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Smith. McReynolds came home on a fielder's choice grounder by Dave Magadan. With two outs in the inning, Darling hit a double that scored Magadan for a 5-4 Mets lead. Lenny Dykstra followed with a single off reliever Andy McGaffigan to bring home Darling with another New York run. Backman then grounded out to Foley to end the inning.
Darling and McGaffigan pitched three scoreless innings from the fourth to the sixth. Ron yielded a double to Herm Winningham and issued two walks, but no runs to the Expos. McGaffigan gave up a single to Strawberry and retired all other Mets batters. The pitchers combined for six strikeouts in the three innings.
Pinch-hitting for McGaffigan, Wallace Johnson homered off Darling with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Ron retired Candaele before serving up a walk to Foley. Mets' reliever Doug Sisk walked Galarraga and surrendered a double to Wallach that plated Foley to tie the game at 6-6. Sisk got Fitzgerald for an inning-ending fly out to center fielder Dykstra and the Mets were set down in order by Randy St. Claire in the bottom of the inning.
Sisk pitched a perfect top half of the eighth inning. Lyons singled off St. Claire with one out in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Mookie Wilson grounded into a double play for the last two outs of the eighth. Reliever Jesse Orosco then pitched a scoreless top of the ninth with three strikeouts, despite the Expos' loading the bases.
Montreal's Bob McClure got Dykstra on a fly ball to center fielder Winningham to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Teufel stepped up to the plate as a pinch-hitter for Backman. Tim hit a home run to win the game for the Mets. It was the team's second victory of the four-game series and third in a row.