May 15, 1972: Agee and Fregosi Slug Expos

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Date: May 15, 1972
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 5
Expos: 3
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Tommie Agee, Jim Fregosi
Key play: Agee's and Fregosi's home runs

The Mets faced the Expos on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Tommie Agee and Jim Fregosi hit home runs to lead the Mets to a 5-3 win over Montreal.

Jon Matlack and the Expos' Bill Stoneman each picthed three scoreless innings to start the game. Clyde Mashore doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Mashore moved to third base on a balk and came home on Matlack's errant pickoff throw for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Ron Woods drew a walk and advanced to second on Bob Bailey's sacrifice bunt. Ken Singleton went down on strikes and Tim Foli was hit by a pitch. Matlack fanned Mike Jorgensen to end the inning. Stoneman then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

John Boccabella got a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Boccabella went to second base on pinch-hitter Boots Day's sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Ron Hunt. On his own hit, Hunt went to second via a throw. Mashore took a called third strike and Woods hit a single to drive home Boccabella. Trying to score on the play, Hunt was out at home via a relay throw from third baseman Fregosi to catcher Jerry Grote to finish off the inning. To open the bottom half, Matlack walked against Expos' reliever John Strohmayer. Bud Harrelson and Ken Boswell hit consecutive force play ground balls and Agee homered to tie the game at 2-2. Rusty Staub walked and Strohmayer got Cleon Jones on a force play grounder to shortstop Foli for the inning's final out.

After scoreless sixth and seventh innings, Mashore singled to begin the top of the eighth. Trying to advance on his own hit, Mashore was out via a throw by left fielder Jones to second baseman Boswell. Matlack retired both Woods and Bailey on infield grouind balls to close out the inning and Staub singled with one out in the bottom half. Rusty moved to second base on a balk and Jones drew a walk. Fregosi connected for a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 5-2. Ed Kranepool fouled out to third baseman Bailey and a single by Grote ensued. Strohmayer then struck out Matlack to end the inning.

Foli got a one-out single in the top of the ninth. Jorgensen singled to send Foli to third base and Matlack was replaced on the mound by Mets' reliever Danny Frisella. Pinch-hitter Jim Fairey greeted Frisella with a single that brought home Foli. Frisella responded with a strikeout of pinch-hitter Ron Fairly and by retiring Hunt on a foul pop-up to first baseman Kranepool to end the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory.