Tonight, in the opener of a 12 game road trip, the Mets topped the Dodgers 7-3 in an insanely long 19 inning affair in Los Angeles. With the win, the Mets improved to 20-17 on the year.
Tom Seaver got the start for the Mets and only lasted six innings. The Franchise allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits before departing. At that point, the Mets trailed 3-1. However, they added single runs in the seventh and eighth to tie things at 3. Incredibly, that’s how the score remained until the top of the 19th.
Cleon Jones singled to lead off the inning, and was immediately driven in on a double by Rusty Staub as the Mets went in front 4-3. Later in the inning, Ken Boswell delivered an RBI single and Ed Kranepool stroked a two run double that extended New York’s lead to 7-3. In the bottom of the frame, Jim McAndrew worked around a two out single to toss a scoreless frame and secure the victory. The game took Five hours and 42 minutes.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
New York Mets
|1. Wayne Garrett, 3B||1. Davey Lopes, 2B|
|2. Felix Millan, 2B||2. Bill Buckner, 1B|
|3. Cleon Jones, CF||3. Manny Mota, LF|
|4. Rusty Staub, RF||4. Willie Davis, CF|
|5. Jim Beauchamp, 1B||5. Joe Ferguson, C|
|6. George Theodore, LF||6. Willie Crawford, RF|
|7. Jerry May, C||7. Ron Cey, 3B|
|8. Bud Harrelson, SS||8. Bill Russell, SS|
|9. Tom Seaver, P||9. Tommy John, P|
The Mets play the second game of their set against Los Angeles tomorrow.