June 05, 2011; Flushing, NY, USA; The New York Mets logo behind home plate before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin’ Look Back – May 6th, 1973: Astros Sweep Mets, 14-8

Houston hammered out 11 runs in two innings, most of them off of the usually reliable Tug McGraw, and the Mets’ downward slide continued as they fell to the Astros 14-8. The loss was New York’s fifth in a row and drops them under .500 for the first time this season. Mike Cosgrove was on the winning side for the visitors, while the aforementioned McGraw took the loss, and Jim Crawford saved his second game for Leo Durocher’s ball club.

After falling behind 3-0 early on, the Mets got to Houston starter Jerry Reuss quickly, scoring four times in his 2.2 innings, as Jim Beauchamp, Rusty Staub, and Jim Fregosi hit consecutive RBI singles after Felix Millan’s run-scoring groundout. Base hits by Ed Kranepool and Bud Harrelson in the fifth added insurance and made it 7-3. But the ’Stros eventually came back, wearing down Harry Parker in the sixth, and Tug McGraw quickly surrendered the lead via an RBI double by Cesar Cedeno and three-run homer by Bob Watson. McGraw wasn’t much better in the seventh, as he walked in the go-ahead run and left the door open for Ray Sadecki to let in six more, including a grand slam by Lee May. A Jim Gosger single in the ninth was nowhere near enough as the Amazin’s went in the red for the first time in 1973.

The starting lineups for today’s bloodbath were as follows:

Houston Astros


New York Mets

1 Jim Wynn RF 1 Ted Martinez LF
2 Roger Metzger SS 2 Felix Millan 2B
3 Cesar Cedeno CF 3 Willie Mays CF
4 Bob Watson LF 4 Rusty Staub RF
5 Lee May 1B 5 Jim Fregosi 3B
6 Doug Rader 3B 6 Jerry Grote C
7 Johnny Edwards C 7 George Theodore 1B
8 Tommy Helms 2B 8 Bud Harrelson SS
9 Jerry Reuss P 9 Harry Parker P


The Mets look to break their misfortune tomorrow as they welcome the Atlanta Braves in for a three-game set. Tom Seaver takes the hill for New York against Atlanta’s Pat Dobson.

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