September 16, 1987: Gooden 3-Hits Expos

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Date: September 16, 1987
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 10
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Len Dykstra
Key play: Strawberry's home run, Dykstra's grand slam

The Mets and Expos played at Olympic Stadium on a Wednesday night. Trying to gain ground in the division standings, the Mets sent Dwight Gooden to the mound. Gooden pitched a three-hit shutout as the Mets defeated Montreal, 10-0.

The Mets scored three times in the first inning against Expos' starter Charlie Lea. Len Dykstra led off with a walk and went to third base on a single by Howard Johnson. Dykstra scored on Lea's wild pitch before Keith Hernandez struck out. Darryl Strawberry followed with a two-run homer. The Mets then got another run in the second when Tim Teufel came home on Lea's second wild pitch.

In the top of the third, the Mets loaded the bases with two out against reliever Joe Hesketh. Johnson drew a walk to score Teufel with the Mets' fifth run. Gooden then came home for another run when Hesketh threw Montreal's third wild pitch of the game.

Gooden kept the Expos hitless from the third inning to the seventh. In the eighth, Casey Candaele got a two-out single to end a string of 16 straight batters retired by Dwight. Meanwhile, the Mets added to their lead when Dykstra hit a grand slam off reliever Bob Sebra in the top of the eighth.

In the ninth, Gooden got Luis Rivera for his eleventh strikeout. Dwight then completed the game for his third shutout of the year. The Mets had a victory to begin the two-game series in Montreal.