May 16, 1972: Four-Run 2nd Leads Mets Past Expos

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Date: May 16, 1972
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 7
Expos: 3
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Jim Fregosi, Bud Harrelson, Rusty Staub, Chuck Taylor
Key play: Fregosi's and Harrelson's singles in 2nd, Staub's home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of four games in a series. The Mets scored four runs in the second inning and came away with a 7-3 win over Montreal.

Mets' starter Tom Seaver pitched a scoreless top of the first. The Expos' Carl Morton gave up only a single to Ken Boswell in the bottom half and Seaver retired the side in order in the top of the second. Rusty Staub and John Milner got back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the inning. Jim Fregosi singled to score Staub and send Milner to third base. On his own hit, Fregosi advanced to second via a throw. Ed Kranepool was walked intentionally to load the bases and a balk brought home Milner. Jerry Grote popped out to shortstop Tim Foli and a fly ball by Seaver was caught by right fielder Ron Fairly. Bud Harrelson hit a single to plate Fregosi and Kranepool for a 4-0 Mets lead. Boswell walked and Morton got Tommie Agee on a foul pop-up to first baseman Mike Jorgensen to end the inning.

Morton doubled with one out in the top of the third. Ron Hunt hit a single to drive home Morton and a fly ball by Boots Day was caught by left fielder Milner. Jorgensen popped out to shortstop Harrelson to finish off the inning and Staub homered against Morton to lead off the bottom half. Montreal reliever Joe Gilbert struck out both Milner and Fregosi and retired Kranepool on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Hunt. Seaver hurled a perfect top of the fourth. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases against Gilbert in the bottom half.

Seaver yielded only a double to John Boccabella in the top of the fifth. Expos' reliever Tom Walker set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the bottom of the inning and Day singled against Seaver to open the top of the sixth. Jorgensen went down on strikes and Fairly singled to move Day to third base. Ken Singleton drew a walk to load the bases and Bob Bailey walked to force home Day. A walk to Foli brought home Fairly and reduced the Mets' lead to 5-3. New York reliever Chuck Taylor got Boccabella to pop out to Harrelson and retired pinch-hitter Ron Woods on a ground ball to first baseman Kranepool that closed out the inning. Montreal's Steve Renko then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Taylor retired all three batters on infield grounders in the top of the seventh. Boswell hit a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Agee and Staub were retired on foul pop-ups and Milner doubled to drive home Boswell. Fregosi hit a single that plated Milner with the Mets' seventh run of the game. Kranepool drew a walk and Grote singled to load the bases. Renko got Taylor to hit a force play grounder to Foli for the inning's final out and Chuck yielded just a single to Singleton in the top of the eighth. Expos' reliever Denny Lemaster then surrendered only a walk to Agee in the bottom half.

Boccabella grounded out to second baseman Boswell to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Clyde Mashore was struck out and Hunt singled. Day hit a double and Taylor retired Jorgensen on a fly ball to Milner to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.