Montreal Expos 6, Houston Astros 3
Regular Season Game 20
Played on Friday, April 28, 1978 (N) at Astrodome

MON N    2  0  2    0  2  0    0  0  0  -   6  8  1
HOU N    0  0  0    1  0  0    1  0  1  -   3  9  0
Montreal Expos               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Cromartie lf                  2   3   1   0       2   1       2   0
  Mejias lf                   1   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Cash 2b                       4   2   3   0       0   0       3   4
  Unser 1b                    0   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Dawson cf                     2   0   0   0       1   1       5   0
Carter c                      2   1   0   1       1   0       2   0
Perez 1b                      4   0   2   2       0   1       8   0
  Frias 2b                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
Valentine rf                  4   0   1   0       0   0       2   0
Parrish 3b                    4   0   1   0       0   0       0   3
Speier ss                     4   0   0   0       0   0       2   3
Grimsley p                    4   0   0   0       0   1       1   1
Totals                       31   6   8   3       4   4      27  12

FIELDING - 
DP: 2. Speier-Cash-Perez, Cash-Speier-Perez.
E: Cash (1).

BATTING - 
2B: Perez (4,off Niekro); Parrish (9,off Dixon).
SH: Dawson (1,off Dixon).
HBP: Carter (1,by Niekro).
GDP: Perez (1,off Niekro).
Team LOB: 4.

Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Puhl rf                       4   0   2   1       0   0       3   2
Cabell 3b                     4   0   1   0       0   0       2   1
Cedeno cf                     4   0   0   0       0   0       3   0
Watson 1b                     3   0   0   0       1   1       7   0
Howe 2b                       4   1   1   0       0   0       2   2
Howard lf                     4   1   2   2       0   0       3   0
Ferguson c                    4   0   1   0       0   0       4   1
Metzger ss                    2   0   0   0       0   0       2   4
  Bannister p                 0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Walling ph                  1   1   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Pentz p                     0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Alou ph                     1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Niekro p                      0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
  Gonzalez ph                 1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Dixon p                     0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Sexton ph,ss                3   0   2   0       0   0       1   0
Totals                       35   3   9   3       1   1      27  11

FIELDING - 
DP: 2. Howe-Metzger-Watson, Puhl-Cabell-Howe.

BATTING - 
3B: Howard (1,off Grimsley).
HR: Howard (1,9th inning off Grimsley 0 on 0 out).
GDP: Metzger (4,off Grimsley); Cabell (3,off Grimsley).
Team LOB: 6.

PITCHING
Montreal Expos               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Grimsley W(4-0)               9     9   3   2   1   1   1  36


Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Niekro L(1-3)                 3     3   4   4   4   0   0  15
Dixon                         2     5   2   2   0   0   0  10
Bannister                     2     0   0   0   0   3   0   6
Pentz                         2     0   0   0   0   1   0   6
Totals                        9     8   6   6   4   4   0  37

BK: Dixon 2 (2).
HBP: Niekro (1,Carter).

Umpires: HP - Satch Davidson, 1B - Joe West, 2B - John Kibler, 3B - Nick Colosi
Time of Game: 2:03   Attendance: 11474


Starting Lineups:

   Montreal Expos                Houston Astros           
1. Cromartie           lf        Puhl                rf
2. Cash                2b        Cabell              3b
3. Dawson              cf        Cedeno              cf
4. Carter              c         Watson              1b
5. Perez               1b        Howe                2b
6. Valentine           rf        Howard              lf
7. Parrish             3b        Ferguson            c
8. Speier              ss        Metzger             ss
9. Grimsley            p         Niekro              p

EXPOS 1ST: Cromartie walked; Cash singled to center [Cromartie
to second]; Dawson walked [Cromartie to third, Cash to second];
Carter was hit by a pitch [Cromartie scored, Cash to third,
Dawson to second]; Perez grounded into a double play (second to
shortstop to first) [Cash scored (no RBI), Dawson to third,
Carter out at second]; Valentine grounded out (shortstop to
first); 2 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Expos 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 1ST: Puhl singled to right; Cabell flied out to left;
Cedeno forced Puhl (third to second); Watson walked [Cedeno to
second]; Howe popped to catcher in foul territory; 0 R, 1 H, 0
E, 2 LOB.  Expos 2, Astros 0.

EXPOS 2ND: Parrish flied out to center; Speier grounded out
(shortstop to first); Grimsley flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Expos 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 2ND: Howard grounded out (second to first); Ferguson
singled to left; Metzger grounded into a double play (shortstop
to second to first) [Ferguson out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Expos 2, Astros 0.

EXPOS 3RD: Cromartie walked; Cash singled to right [Cromartie to
third, Cash out at second (right to shortstop)]; Dawson grounded
out (pitcher to first); Carter walked; Perez doubled to left
[Cromartie scored, Carter scored]; Valentine grounded out
(shortstop to first); 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Expos 4, Astros 0.

ASTROS 3RD: GONZALEZ BATTED FOR NIEKRO; Gonzalez made an out to
second; Puhl grounded out (third to first); Cabell flied out to
center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Expos 4, Astros 0.

EXPOS 4TH: DIXON REPLACED GONZALEZ (PITCHING); Parrish doubled
to left; Speier hit into a double play (right to third to
second) [Parrish out at third]; Grimsley grounded out (second to
first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Expos 4, Astros 0.

ASTROS 4TH: Cedeno grounded out (pitcher to first); Watson
grounded out (second to first); Howe singled to left; Howard
tripled to right [Howe scored]; Ferguson grounded out (shortstop
to first); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Expos 4, Astros 1.

EXPOS 5TH: Cromartie singled to right; Cash singled to right
[Cromartie to second]; Dawson out on a sacrifice bunt (catcher
to first) [Cromartie to third, Cash to second]; Dixon balked
[Cromartie scored, Cash to third]; Dixon balked [Cash
scored]; Bill Virdon argued the balk called by 1B umpire Joe
West; Carter made an out to third; Perez singled to left;
Valentine singled to left [Perez to second]; Parrish flied out
to left; 2 R, 4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Expos 6, Astros 1.

ASTROS 5TH: Metzger flied out to right; SEXTON BATTED FOR DIXON;
Sexton singled to left; Puhl lined to center; Cabell singled to
second [Sexton to second]; Cedeno popped to shortstop; 0 R, 2 H,
0 E, 2 LOB.  Expos 6, Astros 1.

EXPOS 6TH: BANNISTER REPLACED METZGER (PITCHING); SEXTON STAYED
IN GAME (PLAYING SS); Speier popped to third; Grimsley struck
out; Cromartie struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Expos 6,
Astros 1.

ASTROS 6TH: Watson flied out to center; Howe grounded out (third
to first); Howard flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Expos 6, Astros 1.

EXPOS 7TH: Cash flied out to right; Dawson struck out; Carter
lined to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Expos 6, Astros 1.

ASTROS 7TH: Ferguson flied out to left; WALLING BATTED FOR
BANNISTER; Walling reached on an error by Cash [Walling to
first]; Sexton singled to left [Walling to second]; Puhl singled
to right [Walling scored (unearned), Sexton to third]; Cabell
grounded into a double play (second to shortstop to first) [Puhl
out at second]; 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.  Expos 6, Astros 2.

EXPOS 8TH: PENTZ REPLACED WALLING (PITCHING); Perez struck out;
Valentine popped to second; Parrish lined to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Expos 6, Astros 2.

ASTROS 8TH: MEJIAS REPLACED CROMARTIE (PLAYING LF); UNSER
REPLACED CASH (PLAYING 1B); FRIAS REPLACED PEREZ (PLAYING 2B);
Cedeno flied out to center; Watson struck out; Howe grounded out
(second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Expos 6, Astros 2.

EXPOS 9TH: Speier lined to right; Grimsley flied out to left;
Mejias popped to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Expos 6,
Astros 2.

ASTROS 9TH: Howard homered; Ferguson flied out to left; ALOU
BATTED FOR PENTZ; Alou flied out to center; Sexton popped to
pitcher; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Expos 6, Astros 3.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Expos            6   8   1    4
 Astros           3   9   0    6


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