Tonight at Three Rivers Stadium, the Mets were edged by the Pirates 2-1.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh. It was then, that the Pirates jumped in front 1-0 on a two out double to center field off the bat of Manny Sanguillen. The Mets came right back to tie it in the eighth, when a Felix Millan double play ball scored Jim Beauchamp, who had tripled to lead off the frame.
After the Pirates loaded the bases with none out in the ninth, the Mets called on Tug McGraw to get out the jam. He nearly got it done by inducing a groundball double play that forced the runners at home and and second. However, during the play Dave Cash came all the way around from second base to score the winning run and give the Pirates a 2-1 victory.
It was New York’s fourth loss in a row, and they fell to 28-33 on the season.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
New York Mets
|1. Willie Mays, CF||1. Gene Clines, RF|
|2. Felix Millan, 2B||2. Dave Cash, 2B|
|3. Rusty Staub, RF||3. Al Oliver, CF|
|4. John Milner, 1B||4. Bob Robertson, 1B|
|5. Jim Fregosi, SS||5. Manny Sanguillen, C|
|6. Don Hahn, LF||6. Richie Zisk, LF|
|7. Ted Martinez, 3B||7. Richie Hebner, 3B|
|8. Duffy Dyer, C||8. Rennie Stennett, SS|
|9. Jerry Koosman, P||9. Luke Walker, P|
The Mets play the second of their three game series in Pittsburgh tomorrow.