The Pirates defeated the Mets in 10 innings at Shea today. Dave Giusti got the win in relief, and Tug McGraw took the loss. McGraw also was charged with a blown save, as the Mets had a 1-0 lead going into the ninth inning. However, in the ninth inning, Bob Robertson led off with a home run off of McGraw. In the tenth, Willie Stargell hit a three-run home run against McGraw. Stargell’s blast scored Dave Cash and Manny Sanguillen. Cash had reached on a fielder’s choice, and Sanguillen had singled.
The Mets wasted a solid pitching performance from Jon Matlack, who went six innings. Matlack allowed nine hits, but did not allow a run. He struck out six and walked one. The Mets scored their run in the bottom of the sixth on a Rusty Staub home run.The Mets’ record fell to 19-16.
Here’s a look at the starting lineups:
|Pittsburgh Pirates||New York Mets|
|1||Gene Clines||CF||1||Wayne Garrett||2B|
|2||Dave Cash||2B||2||Jim Fregosi||3B|
|3||Manny Sanguillen||RF||3||George Theodore||LF|
|4||Willie Stargell||LF||4||Rusty Staub||RF|
|5||Bob Robertson||1B||5||Ed Kranepool||1B|
|6||Richie Hebner||3B||6||Jim Gosger||CF|
|7||Gene Alley||SS||7||Duffy Dyer||C|
|8||Milt May||C||8||Bud Harrelson||SS|
|9||Nelson Briles||P||9||Jon Matlack||P|
Up next: The Mets conclude their series with the Pirates at Shea.