September 14, 1971: Mets Beat Expos for DH Split

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Date: September 14, 1971
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 6
Expos: 3
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Ted Martinez, Ed Kranepool, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Martinez’s double, Garrett’s and Kranepool’s homers, Humphrey’s error

The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Tuesday afternoon. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets were in search of a split in the nightcap. A trio of extra-base hits and a pair of Montreal errors led to a 6-3 Mets win.

Ron Hunt drew a walk to open the top of the first inning. Hunt advanced to second base on Boots Day’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Rusty Staub’s single for a 1-0 Expos lead. Staub stole second base and Ron Fairly flied out to left fielder Dave Marshall. Mets’ starter Jim McAndrew then issued a walk to Bob Bailey and retired Gary Sutherland on a ground ball to second baseman Ted Martinez to end the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Wayne Garrett hit a game-tying home run against Montreal starter Jim Britton. Marshall went down on strikes and Ed Kranepool singled to left field. Mike Jorgensen was hit by a pitch and Ken Singleton drew a walk that loaded the bases. Martinez followed with a double to drive home Kranepool and Jorgensen, giving the Mets a 3-1 lead. Duffy Dyer was given an intentional walk to reload the bases. Britton then got McAndrew on a fly ball to center fielder Day for the inning’s final out.

McAndrew and the Expos’ Dan McGinn each set down the side in order in the second inning. Staub homered with two outs in the top of the third for the second Montreal run. Fairly grounded out to Martinez to close out the inning and McGinn retired all three Mets batters in the bottom half. McAndrew then hurled a perfect top of the fourth.

Martinez led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single to right field. Dyer hit a single on which shortstop Sutherland made an error that moved the runners to second and third base. McAndrew was called out on strikes and Bud Harrelson fouled out to first baseman Fairly. Garrett reached on catcher Terry Humphrey’s error that allowed Martinez and Dyer to score for a 5-2 Mets lead. McGinn then struck out Marshall to finish off the inning.

McAndrew retired the Expos in order in the top of the fifth. To begin the bottom half, Kranepool homered for the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Jorgensen drew a walk and Singleton grounded back to McGinn for a double play. Martinez was hit by a pitch and Dyer was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Hunt. McAndrew set down all three Montreal hitters on infield grounders in the top of the sixth. McGinn then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

McAndrew got Bailey to fly out to right fielder Singleton to open the top of the seventh inning. Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella issued a walk to Sutherland and struck out Jim Fairey. Humphrey singled to send Sutherland to third base and a fly ball by pinch-hitter Jim Gosger was caught by Singleton to end the inning. Expos’ reliever Howie Reed then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Day hit a one-out single in the top of the eighth. An ensuing single by Staub advanced Day to third base. Fairly grounded out to first baseman Kranepool to score Day with the Expos’ third run and Bailey went down on strikes for the third out. To begin the bottom of the inning, Singleton singled to right field. Martinez followed with a double and Dyer was struck out. Reed then threw a called third strike past Frisella and retired Harrelson on a ground ball to Fairly that ended the inning.

Sutherland grounded out to shortstop Harrelson to open the top of the ninth. Fairey was retired on a grounder to Kranepool. Frisella then got Humphrey to ground out to Harrelson and end the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.