The Mets put a nail in the coffin at Three Rivers Stadium, sweeping the stunned Pirates 6-4 on Mother’s Day afternoon. Jim McAndrew was the winning pitcher for the visiting New Yorkers, while Luke Walker was on the losing side for Pittsburgh and Tug McGraw picked up his seventh save of the 1973 campaign.
With one out and runners on second and third in the top of the fourth inning, Jim Beauchamp laced a two-run single to put the Mets on top, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. RBIs by Jim Fregosi and Cleon Jones in the next frame made it 4-0, then Beauchamp capped a career day with another two-run single.
The 6-0 should have been enough for Jim McAndrew, who cruised through the first six innings before the Buccos woke up in the bottom of the seventh. After Willie Stargell and company threatened McAndrew’s day, Tug McGraw came in and shut down the rally. He would allow one more run in the eighth inning, but would ultimately hold the lead, preventing Stargell from doing any more damage in the ninth to break out the brooms.
The starting lineups for the matinee were as follows:
|New York Mets||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1||Ted Martinez||2B||1||Rennie Stennett||2B|
|2||Jim Fregosi||3B||2||Manny Sanguillen||RF|
|3||Cleon Jones||CF||3||Al Oliver||CF|
|4||Rusty Staub||RF||4||Willie Stargell||LF|
|5||Jim Beauchamp||1B||5||Richie Hebner||3B|
|6||George Theodore||LF||6||Bob Robertson||1B|
|7||Duffy Dyer||C||7||Milt May||C|
|8||Bud Harrelson||SS||8||Gene Alley||SS|
|9||Jim McAndrew||P||9||Luke Walker||P|
The boys are off tomorrow as they travel to Chicago to take their momentum into Wrigley Field next week to face Whitey Lockman‘s Cubs.