October 1, 1986: Mets Defeat Expos in 10 Innings

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Date: October 1, 1986
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 6
Expos: 4
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry, Howard Johnson
Key play: Strawberry’s home run, Hernandez’s two doubles, Johnson’s single

The Mets faced the Expos on a Wednesday night in Montreal. The teams played the second of three games in a series. In 10 innings, the Mets came away with a 6-4 win.

Expos’ starter Bob Owchinko pitched a scoreless top of the first. Mitch Webster hit a triple against the Mets’ Sid Fernandez with one out in the bottom half. Jim Wohlford went down on strikes and Andre Dawson doubled to drive home Webster. Fernandez then got Andres Galarraga to line out to center fielder Mookie Wilson and end the inning.

Darryl Strawberry homered to lead off the top of the second. Ray Knight followed with a single to left field. Tim Teufel hit a double on which shortstop Luis Rivera made a relay throw to catcher Randy Hunt for an out at home on Knight. On the throw to the plate, Teufel advanced to third base. Owchinko struck out Rafael Santana and retired Fernandez on an inning-ending foul pop-up to third baseman Rene Gonzales. Sid then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Wilson tripled to open the top of the third. Kevin Mitchell grounded out to Owchinko and a double by Keith Hernandez scored Wilson for a 2-1 Mets lead. Gary Carter flied out to left fielder Wohlford and a called third strike was thrown past Strawberry for the inning’s third out. Fernandez hurled a perfect bottom half and Owchinko gave up only a single to Knight in the top of the fourth. Wohlford singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Dawson was struck out and catcher Carter threw to second baseman Teufel to catch Wohlford on a steal attempt for a double play. Fernandez then got Galarraga to foul out to first baseman Hernandez and finish off the inning.

Owchinko retired the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Fernandez surrendered just a walk to Hunt in the bottom half and Montreal reliever Andy McGaffigan yielded only a single to Carter in the top of the sixth. Wohlford drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Dawson doubled to bring home Wohlford and moved to third base on a throw. Galarraga hit a single that plated Dawson and put the Expos ahead, 3-2. Fernandez then retired Rivera on a foul pop-up to third baseman Howard Johnson for the final out of the inning.

McGaffigan held the Mets to a single by Santana in the top of the seventh. New York reliever Doug Sisk pitched a scoreless bottom half and Wilson singled against the Expos’ Jeff Reardon to open the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Danny Heep hit a single to left field. Hernandez followed with a double to drive home Wilson and Heep for a 4-3 Mets lead. On the play, Keith went to third base via an error by right fielder Dawson. Carter grounded out to Rivera and strikeouts of both Strawberry and Howard Johnson ended the inning. Casey Candaele singled against Sisk to begin the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco then retired the next three batters to close out the inning.

Reardon shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Rivera singled to lead off the bottom half. Gonzales hit a single to send Rivera to third base and pinch-hitter Wallace Johnson went down on strikes. Pinch-hitter Dann Bilardello singled to score Rivera with the tying run and advance Gonzales to third. Bilardello stole second and Orosco got Candaele on a fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra for the inning’s final out.

Carter drew a two-out walk against Montreal reliever Bob McClure in the top of the 10th. Pinch-hitter Ed Hearn followed with a single to center field. Howard Johnson singled to bring home Carter and put the Mets in front. On the hit, left fielder Herm Winningham made an error that allowed Howard Johnson to move to third base and Hearn to score for a two-run New York lead. McClure then retired Teufel on a foul pop-up to catcher Bilardello that finished off the inning.

To start the bottom of the 10th, Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell got Webster to foul out to Howard Johnson. Winningham was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Santana. McDowell then got Dawson on a fly ball to right fielder Heep for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.

Notes

  • This was Owchinko’s final game of his 10-season major league career