On this day the Mets (11-13) took on a Felipe Alou's very good Montreal Expo team (17-9) that would finish second in a period still without a wild card.
It was a milestone day for Mets reliever John Franco. The New York born pitcher became the first left handed reliever to record 300 saves.
In the home 3rd, Rey Ordonez doubled & was brought in by Mets All Star, Lance Johnson. After the Expos tied it, a Lance Johnson ground out scored Edgardo Alfonzo to put the Mets ahead 2-1. Jeff Kent doubled in another run putting the Mets ahead 3-1.
In the 8th, Mets relievers Doug Henry & Bob Macdonald surrendered a run to bring the game with in one. Henry gave up back to back singles & then a ground out by Henry Rodriguez scored the run. A typical small ball game was underway.
That set the stage for Franco, who came on in the 9th inning. He struck out Darin Fletcher & then surrendered a base hit to F.P. Santagello. He struck out Shane Andrews & then got Sherman Obando to fly out to end the game.
It was Franco's his fifth save of the year, and #300 of his career, the most ever by a left hander.
Pete Harnish got the win, Lance Johnson led the offensive attack with two hits and two RBIs.