September 11, 1969: Gentry Shuts Out Expos

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Date: September 11, 1969
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 4
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Gary Gentry, Ken Boswell, Tommie Agee
Key play: Bateman’s passed ball, Boswell’s double

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Gary Gentry hurled a six-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win over Montreal.

Gentry and the Expos’ Jerry Robertson each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Gary yielded only a single to Robertson in the top of the third and Tommie Agee singled to open the bottom half. Agee stole second base and moved to third on an error by second baseman Gary Sutherland. Wayne Garrett popped out to first baseman Ron Fairly and a passed ball by catcher John Bateman allowed Agee to score the game’s first run. Cleon Jones went down on strikes and Art Shamsky was hit by a pitch. Ken Boswell singled and Ron Swoboda drew a walk to load the bases. Robertson then got Duffy Dyer to hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Coco Laboy that ended the inning.

Sutherland singled to begin the top of the fourth. Rusty Staub hit a double play grounder to shortstop Bud Harrelson and a single by Fairly ensued. Mack Jones flied out to center fielder Agee to finish off the inning and Robertson hurled a scoreless bottom half. Gentry set down all three Montreal batters in the top of the fifth and Cleon Jones got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Shamsky walked and Boswell hit a double to score Cleon Jones. Swoboda walked to load the bases and Dyer was struck out. Harrelson followed with a ground ball on which shortstop Bobby Wine threw to Bateman for an out at home on Shamsky. Robertson then fanned Gentry for the final out of the inning.

Gentry gave up just a single to Ty Cline in the top of the sixth. Cleon Jones drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Shamsky hit a single on which Cleon came all the way home for a 3-0 Mets lead. Boswell was walked intentionally and Swoboda grounded back to Robertson to close out the inning. Gentry held the Expos to a single by Laboy in the top of the seventh. Robertson then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Gentry surrendered just a walk to Cline in the top of the eighth. Expos’ reliever Claude Raymond hit Agee with a pitch to open the bottom of the inning. Tommie advanced to second base on Garrett’s sacrifice bunt and scored the Mets’ fourth run on a single by Rod Gaspar. Raymond then got Shamsky on a double play grounder to first baseman Fairly that closed out the inning.

Leading off the top of the ninth, Staub singled for the sixth Montreal hit. Fairly was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Swoboda. Mack Jones followed with a force play grounder to second baseman Boswell. Gentry then struck out Laboy to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-sweeping victory that would increase their lead in the National League East Division to two full games.