September 27, 1981: Scott and Allen Stifle Expos

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Date: September 27, 1981
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 2
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Mike Scott
Key player(s): Mike Scott, Neil Allen, Rusty Staub, Ellis Valentine
Key play: Staub’s and Valentine’s doubles

The Mets faced the Expos on a Sunday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Mike Scott and Neil Allen combined for a seven-hitter in a 2-1 Mets win.

Expos’ starter Steve Rogers gave up only a single to Lee Mazzilli in the top of the first inning. Scott pitched a scoreless bottom half and Dave Kingman tripled to lead off the top of the second. Rusty Staub hit a double to score Kingman and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Rogers retired Mike Cubbage and Doug Flynn on infield ground balls and issued an intentional walk to Ron Gardenhire. Scott went down on strikes to end the inning. Mike then yielded just a double to Tim Wallach in the bottom half.

Amid a two-hour rain-delay, Rogers shut down the Mets from the third inning to the sixth. Scott responded by pitching two-hit scoreless ball in the bottom halves. Mazzilli singled to begin the top of the seventh. Lee advanced to second base on Alex Trevino’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a double by Ellis Valentine. Kingman was given an intentional walk and Rogers was replaced on the mound by Expos’ reliever Grant Jackson. With Staub at bat, Valentine was caught by catcher Gary Carter’s throw to third baseman Larry Parrish for an out. Staub singled and Jackson threw a called third strike past Cubbage to close out the inning.

Wallach hit a one-out single against Scott in the bottom of the seventh. Allen retired Terry Francona on a line drive to left fielder Kingman and a single by pinch-hitter Jerry White advanced pinch-runner Tim Raines to third base. Neil got pinch-hitter John Milner to fly out to right fielder Valentine and finish off the inning. Montreal reliever Jeff Reardon hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Allen then set down all three Expos batters in the bottom half.

Reardon retired the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. Carter and Parrish got back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the inning. Mike Phillips’ sacrifice bunt moved Carter to third base and pinch-runner Tony Johnson to second. Francona grounded out to second baseman Flynn to drive home Carter with the Expos’ first run. Allen then got White to pop out to third baseman Gardenhire and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.