September 21, 1982: Gardenhire's Homer in 10th Beats Expos
|Date: September 21, 1982|
|Mets starter: Rick Ownbey|
|Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco|
|Key player(s): Ron Gardenhire|
|Key play: Gardenhire's home run|
The Mets faced the Expos in a twi-night doubleheader on a Tuesday evening at Shea Stadium. In the opener, the teams played a three-hour and 3-minute game that went into extra innings. Leading off the 10th, Ron Gardenhire hit a home run that gave the Mets a 2-1 victory.
Rick Ownbey and Montreal's Charlie Lea each started off with four scoreless innings. The Expos got two second-inning singles off Ownbey while Lea held the Mets hitless until Dave Kingman singled in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Ownbey walked four straight batters to produce a run for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Lea pitched another scoreless inning in the bottom half.
After shutting down the Expos in the sixth, Ownbey drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Mookie Wilson also walked and Ron Hodges followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Lea issued an intentional walk to Gary Rajsich that loaded the bases and Kingman hit into a force play on which Ownbey scored to tie the game. The Mets then got consecutive bunt singles from Gardenhire and Ownbey with two out in the seventh, but failed to take the lead when Montreal reliever Woodie Fryman got Wilson for an inning-ending force play grounder.
Jesse Orosco relieved Ownbey with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the eighth. Jesse retired Joel Youngblood on a foul pop-up to first baseman Kingman and got Tim Raines to fly out to center fielder Wilson, ending the inning. The Mets did not score against Montreal's Jeff Reardon in the bottom half. Orosco and Reardon then pitched a scoreless ninth to send the game into extra innings.
In the top of the tenth, Orosco retired pinch-hitter Dan Norman with two runners on base for the third out of the inning. Bryn Smith came on to pitch for Montreal in the bottom half. Gardenhire greeted Smith with a home run to end the game. The Mets had a dramatic win to start the twinbill.