September 14, 1970: Four Runs in 10th Down Expos

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Date: September 14, 1970
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 9
Expos: 5
Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella
Key player(s): Danny Frisella, Ken Boswell, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Mets’ runs in 10th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Monday night in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Jarry Park. The Mets scored four runs in the 10th inning for a 9-5 win.

Expos’ starter Bill Stoneman pitched a scoreless top of the first. The Mets’ Ray Sadecki gave up just a single to Rusty Staub in the bottom half and Bud Harrelson singled with two outs in the top of the second. Sadecki drew a walk and Tommie Agee grounded out to second baseman Gary Sutherland to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Coco Laboy hit a single to left field. Clyde Mashore followed with his first major league home run for a 2-0 Montreal lead. Bobby Wine flied out to right fielder Art Shamsky and consecutive singles by Stoneman and Don Hahn ensued. Sadecki then retired Sutherland on a pop-up to shortstop Harrelson to close out the inning.

Stoneman yielded just a single to Cleon Jones in the top of the third. Sadecki held the Expos to a double by John Bateman in the bottom half and Stoneman gave up only a double to Ken Boswell in the top of the fourth. To begin the bottom of the inning, Mashore singled and advanced to second base on Wine’s ground out to first baseman Donn Clendenon. Stoneman was called out on strikes and Hahn hit a double to drive home Mashore. Sadecki was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor, against whom Sutherland singled to score Hahn and extend the Montreal lead to 4-0. Taylor then issued a walk to Staub and got Bob Bailey on a fly ball to left fielder Cleon Jones that finished off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool drew a walk against Stoneman to lead off the top of the fifth. Tommie Agee singled and Wayne Garrett hit a single to load the bases. Cleon Jones walked to force home Kranepool and a sacrifice fly by Shamsky scored Agee. Clendenon walked to reload the bases and Howie Reed came in to pitch for the Expos. Boswell greeted Reed with a single that plated both Garrett and Cleon Jones (tying the game) and sent Clendenon to third. Jerry Grote was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Staub, after which Clendenon scored the go-ahead run via an error by third baseman Laboy for a 5-4 Mets lead. On the play, Boswell was out via Sutherland’s throw to shortstop Wine to end the inning.

Bateman drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella to open the bottom of the fifth. Pinch-hitter Mack Jones hit a double to advance Bateman to third base and pinch-hitter Ron Fairly was struck out. Wine hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Bateman and tie the game at 5-5. Frisella then retired pinch-hitter Jim Fairey on a foul pop-up to third baseman Garrett to close out the inning.

Frisella and Montreal reliever Mike Marshall each pitched scoreless ball from the sixth inning to the ninth. Grote singled to lead off the top of the 10th. Pinch-runner Rod Gaspar stole second base and moved to third as Harrelson reached on an error by first baseman Fairly. Pinch-hitter Ken Singleton went down on strikes and Agee followed with a grounder to Sutherland. Catcher Bateman made an error on Sutherland’s throw, allowing Gaspar to score for a 6-5 Mets lead. Garrett doubled to drive home Harrelson and send Agee to third. Cleon Jones was walked intentionally to load the bases and Ron Swoboda hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Agee. Clendenon singled to score Garrett and increase the New York lead to four runs. Marshall then got Tim Foli to line out to Wine and finish off the inning.

Bailey drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Nolan Ryan to begin the bottom of the 10th. Bateman was struck out and Mack Jones hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Garrett (who had shifted from third.) Ryan then retired Fairly on a grounder to Garrett for the game’s final out. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to start the series.