The Mets beat the Expos 11-3 at Shea today. George Stone went the distance for the win, allowing 8 hits and 3 runs (2 earned), while striking out 3 and walking 1. Stone improved to 6-3 on the season. Mike Torrez took the loss for Montreal, lasting only 1 2/3 innings, while giving up 5 runs (4 earned), striking out none and walking 3.
The Mets jumped on Torrez early, plating 5 in the bottom of the first inning. Wayne Garrett led off with a double, and Felix Millan singled him to third. Rusty Staub reached on an error with Garrett scoring. After a single by Cleon Jones loaded the bases, John Milner uncleared them with a grand slam home run. The Expos scored 1 run in the top of the 3rd, but the Mets answered with 4 of their own in the bottom of the frame. RBIs came from Bud Harrelson, Stone, and Jones (2). The Mets added two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth, on a error off the bat of Ed Kranepool and a single by Harrelson. The Mets improved their record to 44-53 on the year.
Here’s a look at the game’s starting lineups:
Montreal Expos New York Mets
1 Ron Hunt 2B 1 Wayne Garrett 3B
2 Mike Jorgensen LF 2 Felix Millan 2B
3 Ron Woods CF 3 Rusty Staub RF
4 Hal Breeden 1B 4 Cleon Jones CF
5 Bob Bailey 3B 5 John Milner LF
6 Ken Singleton RF 6 Ed Kranepool 1B
7 John Boccabella C 7 Ron Hodges C
8 Pepe Frias SS 8 Bud Harrelson SS
9 Mike Torrez P 9 George Stone P