Tonight at the Astrodome, the Mets edged Houston 2-1 to take the rubber match and improve to 10-7 on the season.
Starting pitcher Jim McAndrew was fantastic, tossing seven innings of four hit, one run ball. He walked one and struck out five. After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Mets responded immediately by plating the only two runs they would need in the top of the sixth.
After Willie Mays led off the inning with a walk, Rusty Staub followed with a single that moved Mays to third base. Jim Beauchamp followed with an RBI single that drove in Mays to tie things at 1. Later in the frame, a Duffy Dyer groundout drove in Staub from third as the Mets went ahead 2-1.
After McAndrew exited, Tug McGraw came in and tossed two scoreless frames to secure the victory and notch his 4th save of the season.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
New York Mets
|1. Bud Harrelson, SS||1. Tommie Agee, LF|
|2. Felix Millan, 2B||2. Tommy Helms, 2B|
|3. Willie Mays, CF||3. Cesar Cedeno, CF|
|4. Rusty Staub, RF||4. Bob Watson, 1B|
|5. Jim Beauchamp, 1B||5. Jim Wynn, RF|
|6. George Theodore, LF||6. Doug Rader, 3B|
|7. Jim Fregosi, 3B||7. Johnny Edwards, C|
|8. Duffy Dyer, C||8. Roger Metzger, SS|
|9. Jim McAndrew, P||9. Jerry Reuss, P|
The Mets head to Atlanta tomorrow to open a three game set with the Braves. Tom Seaver will be on the hill.