September 17, 1980: Miller and Falcone Stifle Expos

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Date: September 17, 1980
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 5
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Dyar Miller
Key player(s): Dyar Miller, Pete Falcone, Wally Backman, Lee Mazzilli
Key play: Backman’s RBI single, Mazzilli’s homer and sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Expos on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Dyar Miller and Pete Falcone combined for seven innings of scoreless relief in a 5-2 Mets win over Montreal.

Mike Scott and the Expos’ Scott Sanderson each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Sanderson singled to lead off the top of the third. With Jerry White at bat, Sanderson advanced to second base on Mike Scott’s errant pickoff throw. White hit a single and Rodney Scott singled to drive home Sanderson. Rowland Office followed with a single to load the bases. Miller came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Andre Dawson on a foul pop-up to shortstop Frank Taveras. Gary Carter hit a sacrifice fly to score White (run charged to Mike Scott) for a 2-0 Montreal lead. Dyar got Warren Cromartie to fly out to center fielder Mookie Wilson and finish off the inning. Sanderson then yielded only a single to Steve Henderson in the bottom half.

Miller set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. Sanderson hurled a perfect bottom half and Dyar surrendered just a walk to Rodney Scott in the top of the fifth. Pinch-hitter Jose Moreno singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Wilson hit a double and moved to third base on Wally Backman’s single that drove home Moreno. Lee Mazzilli connected for a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 4-2. Henderson grounded out to shortstop Chris Speier and a strikeout of Joel Youngblood ensued. Sanderson then retired Alex Trevino on a fly ball to center fielder Dawson for the inning’s third out.

Dawson singled against Falcone to open the top of the sixth. Pete set down the next two batters on outfield fly balls and hit Larry Parrish with a pitch. Speier went down on strikes to end the inning and Sanderson pitched a perfect bottom half. Falcone retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and Wilson doubled against Expos’ reliever Bill Lee to begin the bottom of the inning. Mookie advanced to third base on Backman’s sacrifice bunt and scored the Mets’ fifth run on a sacrifice fly by Mazzilli. Lee then got Henderson to ground out to Speier and end the inning.

Falcone gave up just a single to Carter in the top of the eighth. Lee yielded only a single to Taveras in the bottom half and Parrish grounded out to third baseman Bill Almon to lead off the top of the ninth. Speier was retired on a pop-up to Taveras. Falcone then struck out pinch-hitter Tim Wallach to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory that reduced the Expos’ lead in the National League East Division to one and one-half games over the Phillies.