Tonight in Pittsburgh, the Mets edged the Pirates 5-4.
A five run second inning was all the Mets needed, and the big blows in the inning were a three run homer off the bat of Willie Mays and a two run double by John Milner. The Pirates answered right back in the bottom half of the inning against Mets starter George Stone, plating three runs to cut the Mets’ lead to 5-3.
That’s where the score remained until the bottom of the ninth. George Stone gave up an unearned run as Pittsburgh closed to within a run, but he got the final out with the tying run on first base to secure the complete game victory.
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. Ed Kranepool, LF||5. Manny Sanguillen, C|
|6. Wayne Garrett, 3B||6. Richie Zisk, LF|
|7. Jim Fregosi, SS||7. Richie Hebner, 3B|
|8. Ron Hodges, C||8. Rennie Stennett, SS|
|9. George Stone, P||9. Steve Blass, P|
The Mets wrap up their series in Pittsburgh tomorrow.