Tonight at Shea Stadium, in front of 27,524 fans, the Mets topped the Padres 5-2 to win their third game in a row.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a John Milner RBI ground out. The Padres tied things at 1 in the top of the fourth, but the Mets answered right back in the bottom half when Ron Hodges lifted a sacrifice fly that put them back in front 2-1. That’s where the score remained until the top of the seventh, when the Padres evened things at 2 when Cito Gaston blasted a leadoff homer.
In the bottom of the eighth, Wayne Garrett smoked a three run homer to put the Mets ahead 5-2 and close out the scoring.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
New York Mets
San Diego Padres
|1. Willie Mays, CF||1. Gene Locklear, LF|
|2. Felix Millan, 2B||2. Jerry Morales, CF|
|3. Rusty Staub, RF||3. Dwain Anderson, 3B|
|4. John Milner, 1B||4. Nate Colbert, 1B|
|5. Ed Kranepool, LF||5. Cito Gaston, RF|
|6. Wayne Garrett, 3B||6. Fred Kendall, C|
|7. Jim Fregosi, SS||7. Derrel Thomas, SS|
|8. Ron Hodges, C||8. Rich Morales, 2B|
|9. Jon Matlack, P||9. Steve Arlin, P|
The Mets play the second game of their three game set against San Diego tomorrow at Shea Stadium.