Tonight, in front of over 53,000 fans in Los Angeles, the Mets fell to the Dodgers 6-4.
The Mets took an early 3-0 lead on the strength of Felix Millan‘s RBI single in the third and two runs in the top of the fourth, but they coughed it up in the bottom of the fifth. After an error and back to back singles, Mets starter Jon Matlack served up a grand slam to Willie Davis that put Los Angeles ahead 4-3. In the sixth, the Dodgers tacked on another run on a sacrifice fly to increase their lead to 5-3.
The Mets cut their deficit to 5-4 with a run in the top of the 8th, but gave that run right back in the bottom of the frame as Los Angeles regained their 2 run advantage. New York threatened in the ninth, as they had runners on first and second with one out. However, Wayne Garrett fouled out and Felix Millan grounded out to end the threat and the game. The Mets are now 20-18 on the year.
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. George Theodore, LF||3. Willie Davis, CF|
|4. Rusty Staub, RF||4. Joe Ferguson, C|
|5. Jim Fregosi, 1B||5. Manny Mota, LF|
|6. Ted Martinez, CF||6. Ron Cey, 3B|
|7. Duffy Dyer, C||7. Willie Crawford, RF|
|8. Bud Harrelson, SS||8. Bill Russell, SS|
|9. Jon Matlack, P||9. Claude Osteen, P|
The Mets play the third game of their four game set against Los Angeles tomorrow.