September 27, 1990: Mets Complete Sweep of Expos

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Date: September 27, 1990
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 6
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Tommy Herr, Daryl Boston
Key play: Herr’s single in 3rd, Boston’s throw in 4th and home run in 6th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday night in Montreal. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Three Mets pitchers combined on a shutout as the team came away with a 6-0 win for a series sweep.

Ron Darling and the Expos’ Kevin Gross each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Howard Johnson drew a walk with two outs in the top of the third. Johnson stole second base and came around to score on Tommy Herr’s ensuing single. Dave Magadan singled and Gross retired Darryl Strawberry on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Tom Foley. Darling then set down three straight Montreal batters after a leadoff single by Foley in the bottom half.

Gross retired the Mets in order in the top of the fourth inning. Delino DeShields led off the bottom half with a single to center field. Tim Wallach flied out to right fielder Strawberry. With Larry Walker at bat, DeShields stole second base. Walker hit a single on which DeShields was out at home on a throw by center fielder Daryl Boston. Andres Galarraga hit a grounder to shortstop Johnson for the third out. Gross pitched a scoreless top of the fifth. Darling then shut down the Expos in the bottom of the inning.

Magadan drew a walk to open the top of the sixth. Gross struck out Strawberry and gave up a single to Pat Tabler. A single by Tom O'Malley scored Magadan with the Mets’ second run of the game. Boston followed with a three-run homer to extend the New York lead to 5-0. Mackey Sasser popped out to Foley and pinch-hitter Kelvin Torve drew a walk. Montreal reliever Scott Ruskin came in to pitch and issued a walk to Johnson. Herr hit a force play grounder to second baseman DeShields to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Bob Ojeda then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Following a scoreless seventh, Montreal’s Dale Mohorcic walked Boston to begin the top of the eighth inning. Charlie O'Brien reached on DeShields’ error that sent Boston to third base. Ojeda struck out and Johnson hit a sacrifice fly that drove home Boston. Herr hit a fly ball to right fielder Walker to close out the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Wallach hit a double and Ojeda issued a base on balls to Walker. Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis then got Galarraga to hit a ground ball to Johnson for an inning-ending double play.

Mohorcic shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Mike Fitzgerald singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Spike Owen followed with a grounder to second baseman Herr for a double play. Innis then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Jerry Goff to finish off the game. The Mets had a series-sweeping victory on a shutout comprised of three pitchers.