The Mets bounced back after dropping the first two games to the Phillies, avoiding the sweep and getting away from Veterans Stadium with a 2-1 victory. Harry Parker won his first decision of the season, while Jim Lonborg wound up on the long side for a second time for Philadelphia, and Tug McGraw picked up his second save of the 1973 campaign.
New York had this one sewn up right from the beginning, as John Milner slammed a two-run home run in the top of the 1st inning, plating himself and Felix Millan for an early 2-0 lead. The two teams played to a virtual stalemate for the next six innings. Things started picking up again in the 8th, when Parker ran out of gas and allowed an RBI single to Deron Johnson. Tug McGraw was brought in to finish the frame. After giving up a single to load the bases, McGraw struck out Bill Robinson to end the threat. He finished off the Phils 1-2-3 in the 9th to secure the victory.
The starting lineups for the game looked like this:
New York Mets
|1||Bud Harrelson||SS||1||Larry Bowa||SS|
|2||Felix Millan||2B||2||Cesar Tovar||3B|
|3||John Milner||1B||3||Willie Montanez||RF|
|4||Rusty Staub||RF||4||Deron Johnson||1B|
|5||Cleon Jones||LF||5||Greg Luzinski||LF|
|6||Jim Fregosi||3B||6||Del Unser||CF|
|7||Rich Chiles||CF||7||Bob Boone||C|
|8||Duffy Dyer||C||8||Denny Doyle||2B|
|9||Harry Parker||P||9||Jim Lonborg||P|
After an off day tomorrow, the Amazin’s return home to Shea Stadium to host the division rival Chicago Cubs in a four-game set.