September 14, 1997: Lopez's Homer Beats Expos

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Date: September 14, 1997
Mets starter: Dave Mlicki
Mets: 1
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Dave Mlicki
Key player(s): Dave Mlicki, Luis Lopez, Rey Ordonez
Key play: Lopez’s home run, Ordonez’s throw in 9th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Luis Lopez homered for the only run of a 1-0 Mets win over Montreal.

Dave Mlicki and the Expos’ Carlos Perez each started the game by pitching four innings of two-hit scoreless ball. Mlicki yielded just an infield single to Rondell White in the top of the fifth and Perez retired the first two hitters in the bottom half. Lopez came to bat and slugged a home run to give the Mets a lead. Rey Ordonez popped out to second baseman Mike Lansing to end the inning and Mlicki hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Perez then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Mlicki and Perez each retired the side 1-2-3 in the seventh inning. With two outs in the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter Jose Vidro singled to center field. Mark Grudzielanek followed with a single to advance Vidro to third base and Mlicki got Lansing on a ground ball to third baseman Matt Franco for the inning’s final out. Montreal reliever Shayne Bennett then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

David Segui hit a single with one out in the top of the ninth. Darrin Fletcher followed with a double on which Segui tried to score. Ordonez took a throw from left fielder Bernard Gilkey and relayed to catcher Todd Pratt for an out at home on Segui. With White at bat, Mlicki threw a wild pitch that allowed pinch-runner Orlando Cabrera to move to third base. White drew a walk and Greg McMichael came in to pitch for the Mets. McMichael got pinch-hitter Vladimir Guerrero to hit a force play ground ball to Ordonez for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-closing victory as Lopez’s only homer of the season stood up.