September 26, 1993: Kent's 5 RBIs Crush Expos
|Date: September 26, 1993|
|Mets starter: Dave Telgheder|
|Winning pitcher: Dave Telgheder|
|Key player(s): Jeff Kent, Jeromy Burnitz, Dave Telgheder|
|Key play: Kent's grand slam and double|
After two scoreless innings, Mets' starter Dave Telgheder shut down the Expos again in the top of the third. Ryan Thompson singled against Montreal's Ken Hill with one out in the bottom half. Kevin Baez grounded out to second baseman Delino DeShields and a double by Eddie Murray scored Thompson. Hill retired Joe Orsulak on a fly ball to center fielder Marquis Grissom to close out the inning and Sean Berry drew a two-out walk in the top of the fourth. Cliff Floyd followed with his first major league home run to give the Expos a 2-1 lead. Wil Cordero reached on second baseman Kent's error and Telgheder got Hill on an inning-ending ground ball back to the mound. Hill then held the Mets to a single by Butch Huskey in the bottom half.
Telgheder hurled a perfect top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Thompson reached on an error by third baseman Berry. Ryan moved to second base on Baez's single and came home on an ensuing single by Murray. Orsulak drew a walk to load the bases and Jeromy Burnitz singled to score Baez, putting the Mets ahead by a run. Kent followed with a grand slam to increase the New York lead to 7-2. Brian Barnes came in to pitch for Montreal and struck out Huskey. Todd Hundley lined out to left fielder Rondell White to end the inning and Telgheder set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Expos' reliever Brian Looney (in his major league debut) then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Telgheder retired all three Montreal batters in the top of the seventh inning. To begin the bottom half, Burnitz doubled and went to third base on a balk by Looney. Kent hit a double to drive home Burnitz and advanced to third on Huskey's fly out to Grissom. Hundley singled to bring home Kent for a 9-2 Mets lead. Against the Expos' Jeff Shaw, Telgheder laid down a sacrifice bunt to send Hundley to second. Shaw then retired Thompson on a fly ball to White that ended the inning.
DeShields hit a single with one out in the top of the eighth. A wild pitch moved pinch-runner Charlie Montoyo to second base and a walk to White ensued. John Vander Wal doubled to score Montoyo with the Expos' third run of the game. Telgheder got Darrin Fletcher to fly out to left fielder Orsulak and threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Curtis Pride to close out the inning. Montreal reliever Butch Henry then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Mets' reliever Mike Maddux retired Floyd on a grounder to first baseman Dave Gallagher to open the top of the ninth. Cordero popped out to second baseman Doug Saunders. Maddux then got Mike Lansing to ground out to Saunders and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.