May 9, 1994: Segui's Homer Beats Expos

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Date: May 9, 1994
Mets starter: Frank Seminara
Mets: 5
Expos: 4
Winning pitcher: Roger Mason
Key player(s): David Segui, Roger Mason, Bobby Bonilla, Jose Vizcaino
Key play: Bonilla’s double and single, Segui’s home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Monday night in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. David Segui hit a home run in the eighth inning to give the Mets a 5-4 win.

Jose Vizcaino singled against Expos’ starter Kirk Rueter with one out in the top of the first. Kevin McReynolds flied out to left fielder Moises Alou and a double by Bobby Bonilla brought home Vizcaino. Jeff Kent hit a single to score Bonilla with the Mets’ second run. Joe Orsulak grounded out to second baseman Mike Lansing to end the inning and Lou Frazier drew a walk against the Mets’ Frank Seminara to begin the bottom half. Frazier stole second base and came home on Cliff Floyd’s single to cut the New York lead to 2-1. Alou was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Orsulak. Seminara then got both Larry Walker and Darrin Fletcher to hit infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs.

Following a scoreless second, Vizcaino got a one-out single in the top of the third. McReynolds drew a walk and Bonilla singled to drive home Vizcaino. Kent walked to load the bases and Orsulak hit a sacrifice fly that scored McReynolds and extended the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Rueter retired Segui on a pop-up to shortstop Wil Cordero to close out the inning and Alou singled with two outs in the bottom half. Walker slugged a home run to reduce the New York lead to 4-3. Seminara then got Fletcher on a pop-up to catcher Kelly Stinnett for the third out of the inning.

Montreal reliever Jeff Shaw pitched a scoreless top of the fourth. Seminara shut down the Expos in the bottom half and Shaw retired the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. To begin the bottom of the inning, Frazier drew a walk and stole second base. Floyd was retired on a fly ball to Orsulak, after which Frazier moved to third. Alou hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Frazier and tie the game at 4-4. Walker followed with a double, but was out on a relay throw by second baseman Kent to third baseman Bonilla to finish off the inning.

Shaw yielded only a double to Segui in the top of the sixth. Mets reliever Roger Mason hurled a scoreless bottom half and Vizcaino singled against the Expos’ Tim Scott with one out in the top of the seventh. McReynolds was retired on a fly ball to Alou. Montreal’s Mel Rojas struck out Bonilla to end the inning and Floyd reached on first baseman Segui’s two-base error with two outs in the bottom half. Mason then got Alou to fly out to left fielder McReynolds and end the inning.

Rojas struck out both Kent and Orsulak to begin the top of the eighth. Segui followed with a homer to put the Mets ahead by a run. Stinnett flied out to center fielder Frazier to finish off the inning and Mason pitched a scoreless bottom half. Rojas recorded two more strikeouts in a perfect top of the ninth and Cordero drew a walk against New York reliever John Franco to lead off the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Lenny Webster hit a force play ground ball to Bonilla. Freddie Benavides followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Vizcaino. Franco then struck out pinch-hitter Randy Milligan to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series.