September 7, 1973: Matlack and Garrett Lead Mets Past Expos

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Date: September 7, 1973
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 1
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Wayne Garrett, Jon Matlack
Key play: Garrett’s home run

The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Friday evening. The teams played a two-hour and forty-three-minute opener of the twinbill at Jarry Park. Jon Matlack’s solid pitching and Wayne Garrett’s home run produced a 1-0 Mets win over Montreal.

Garrett homered against Expos’ starter Steve Renko to lead off the top of the first inning. Felix Millan hit a single and Rusty Staub flied out to left fielder Tony Scott. John Milner went down on strikes and Ed Kranepool flied out to Scott to end the inning. Matlack then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Matlack and Renko each pitched three-hit scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. Staub doubled against Renko to begin the top of the seventh. Milner grounded back to Montreal reliever Mike Marshall and an intentional walk to Kranepool ensued. Marshall got Jerry Grote to hit a ground ball to shortstop Tim Foli for an inning-ending double play. Matlack then gave up just a single to Marshall in the bottom half.

Don Hahn drew a leadoff walk in the top of the eighth. Bud Harrelson singled and Matlack was struck out. Garrett was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Felipe Alou. Millan grounded out to first baseman Hal Breeden to end the inning and Bob Bailey singled to open the bottom half. Breeden flied out to center fielder Hahn. Matlack then got Ken Singleton on a grounder to second baseman Millan for a double play that closed out the inning.

Marshall set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. Matlack threw a called third strike past Ron Woods to open the bottom half. Foli flied out to Hahn and pinch-hitter Pepe Mangual drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen followed with a walk and Tug McGraw came in to pitch for the Mets. McGraw retired Ron Hunt on a ground ball back to the mound to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.