Sisk set down nine in a row to clinch a 6-3 New York win that lifted the Mets into a first-place tie with St. Louis.
Montreal righthander David Palmer started Saturday night's game before a near capacity crowd of 51,513 and cruised through 6? innings on a 2-0 shutout. With two outs and a runner on second in the seventh, Rodgers brought in ace reliever Jeff (The Terminator) Reardon to clean up. Instead, Reardon gave up a single to Wally Backman. Staub stepped in as a pinch hitter. Choking high on the bat, he drilled a tremendous shot to rightfield—foul by seven feet. He stepped out, then stepped in, the crowd still abuzz. On the very next pitch, Staub, the only player besides Ty Cobb to homer as a teenager and as a 40-year-old, launched one over the wall in right center to put the Mets up 3-2. The stadium rocked with noise.
The Mets' lead grew to 4-2 later in the seventh, but then uncharacteristic mental and physical errors took their toll. Orosco picked up a bunt single that was rolling foul, rightfielder Clint Hurdle let a single skip past him and Backman booted a crucial double-play grounder. Final score in 10 innings: Expos 5, Mets 4. "Not our finest night," said Johnson with a wry smile. And Sunday wasn't much better as New York lost to Montreal for the fifth time in six games this year.
The Expos are staking no claims yet, however. When Brooks was asked what he thought of the big trade now, he replied, "I think we got us a hell of a pennant race, that's what I think."