June 18, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets former pitcher Tom Seaver in the dugout before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin' Look Back - May 7th, 1973: Mets Defeat Braves 7-2

In front of just under 12,000 fans at Shea, Tom Seaver twirled nine brilliant innings.  The Mets took the lead in the fifth, courtesy of an RBI single off the bat of Felix Millan.

The only runs against Seaver came in the seventh, when Dusty Baker led off the inning with a homer to tie things at 1.   After an error, Johnny Oates drove in another run with a double to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead.  That run off Seaver was unearned.

The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the eighth, when the Mets exploded for five runs to take a 7-2 lead.  They tied things at 2 on an RBI single from Ed Kranepool, went ahead 3-2 after Bud Harrelson drew a bases loaded walk, and continued to pile on from there.

After taking their 7-2 lead (which would be the eventual final score), Seaver went back out to the mound and retired the side in order to secure the victory as the Mets evened their record at 13-13.

Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Braves 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 1
Mets 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 7 10 1

New York Mets

Atlanta Braves

1. Ted Martinez, CF 1. Johnny Oates, C
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Davey Johnson, 2B
3. Wayne Garrett, 3B 3. Hank Aaron, LF
4. Rusty Staub, RF 4. Darrell Evans, 3B
5. Ed Kranepool, 1B 5. Mike Lum, RF
6. Jim Gosger, LF 6. Dusty Baker, CF
7. Jerry Grote, C 7. Jack Pierce, 1B
8. Bud Harrelson, SS 8. Marty Perez, SS
9. Tom Seaver, P 9. Pat Dobson, P

Next Up:

The Mets play the second game of their three game set with Atlanta tomorrow.  Jon Matlack will be on the hill for New York.



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