MONTREAL (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ricardo Nanita singled with two out in the ninth inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night at Olympic Stadium,
A crowd of 46,121 turned out for the first baseball game at the Big O since the Montreal Expos' farewell game on Sept. 24, 2004 — as much to show the world they want Major League Baseball back and to pay tribute to former star catcher Gary Carter as to watch an exhibition game.
The teams will play again Saturday, when the Expos' 1994 team will be feted.
The Blue Jays' Munenori Kawasaki opened the ninth with a double and scored from third as Nanita singled up the middle. Jeremy Jeffress pitched the final two innings for the win.
The Mets' Chris Young had a two-run double in the fourth off Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Toronto got one back in the fourth on Jose Bautista's home run, but Ruben Tejada doubled and scored on Daniel Murphy's double off Casey Janssen in the fifth.
Travis d'Arnaud led off the seventh with a home run, but Edwin Encarnacion tied it with a two-run single in the seventh off Gonzalez Germen. Encarnacion was tagged out in a rundown after the runners scored.
Carter's widow, Sandy, and daughter, Kimmy, were on hand with former teammates Tim Raines, Steve Rogers and Warren Cromartie for a pregame tribute to perhaps the most popular player in Expos history. Carter won a World Series in 1986 with the Mets.
"The city always embraced Gary, and us as a family" Sandy Carter said. "I really felt that tonight. We made it our home and felt privileged to be here for 11 years."
Carter died of brain cancer at age 57 in 2010. The City of Montreal named a street after him outside the Expos' original home, Jarry Park.
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