Coming off a tough 4-3 defeat against the Chicago Cubs, the New York Mets bounced back nicely behind a solid performance from starter Harry Parker to get back in the win column, with a 8-4 victory over the Montreal Expos. Harry ended up throwing seven innings of three-run ball — two earned — while allowing seven hits and striking out three batters. With the victory, Harry improved to a perfect 4-0.
The Mets got on the board first, when George Theodore hit a two-run single off Expos starter Mike Torrez in the third-inning to plate both Ken Boswell and Bud Harrelson, to give New York the early 2-0 lead. In the fourth-inning, New York scored two more runs on a bunt groundout by Parker and with Bud Harrelson at third base, third baseman Wayne Garrett doubled to put the Mets up by four runs. However, in the bottom of the inning, the Expos got on the board with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Bob Bailey after Parker allowed the first two batters to get on base, with a walk and single. Down 4-1, the Expos scored a run in both the seventh and eighth-inning, thanks in large part to a homer off the bat of pinch-hitter Hal Breeden, to bring the Expos within a run heading into the ninth-inning.
Nevertheless, the Mets were able to capitalize big in the top of the ninth, putting together a four-run inning to help secure the victory. The first run of the inning came with the help of a throwing error by Bailey. The next three batters — Rusty Staub, Ed Kranepool, and Jim Gosger — all followed with consecutive RBI singles to drive in the other three runs. Closer Tug McGraw pitched a 1-2-3 ninth-inning to secure the victory and notch his eighth save of the season.
Here’s a look at the boxscore and starting lineups from this game:
New York Mets
|Wayne Garrett 2B||Ron Hunt 2B|
|Ken Boswell 3B||Ron Woods CF|
|George Theodore LF||Ron Fairly LF|
|Rusty Staub RF||Ken Singleton RF|
|Ed Kranepool 1B||Mike Jorgensen 1B|
|Jim Gosger CF||John Boccabella C|
|Duffy Dyer C||Bob Bailey 3B|
|Bud Harrelson SS||Pepe Frias SS|
|Harry Parker P||Mike Torrez P|