September 14, 1978: Mets Come Back to Beat Expos

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Date: September 14, 1978
Mets starter: Kevin Kobel
Mets: 7
Expos: 6
Winning pitcher: Mardie Cornejo
Key player(s): Ed Kranepool, Dale Murray
Key play: Kranepool's home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The Montreal team mounted a six-run lead, but the Mets responded with an immediate comeback. Ed Kranepool's home run in the sixth inning gave the Mets a 7-6 win.

Kevin Kobel got shelled in the second inning. Tony Perez led off with a home run and the Expos then loaded the bases with one out. Dan Schatzeder walked to force in a run and Dave Cash singled to drive home Gary Carter. Andre Dawson followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Chris Speier. Kobel was then removed with the Mets behind, 4-0.

In the top of the third, Montreal scored twice more against reliever Roy Lee Jackson. The Mets answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Gil Flores singled off Schatzeder to bring home Sergio Ferrer and a two-out single by Willie Montanez scored Flores. In the fourth, the Mets added another two runs when Ferrer tripled to score Joel Youngblood and then came home on Lee Mazzilli's sacrifice fly to cut the Expos' lead to 6-4.

The Expos had Carter on third base with none out in the fifth. With Larry Parrish at the plate, catcher John Stearns picked off Carter with a throw to Elliott Maddox. Parrish was then struck out by Mardie Cornejo and Speier grounded out to end the inning.

Youngblood led off the sixth with a single off Montreal's Randy Miller. A sacrifice bunt by Ferrer moved Joel to second base before Miller struck out Lenny Randle and issued a walk to Mazzilli. Pinch-hitting for Cornejo, Kranepool hit a three-run homer to put the Mets in front. Reliever Stan Bahnsen then got Steve Henderson on a ground out to end the inning.

Dale Murray came on to pitch for the Mets in the top of the seventh. After retiring the first two batters, Murray allowed a single to Carter. Dale then got Parrish to hit into a force play and followed up with two perfect innings to end the game. The Mets had their 60th win of the season in comeback fashion.

Notes

  • This was the second time during the season that the Mets defeated the Expos on a pinch-hit home run by Kranepool. The first time was on April 8 at Shea. In both games, Ed was batting for Cornejo.