Apr 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets former player Rusty Staub throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of a MLB opening day game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin' Look Back: July 5th, 1973: Mets Top Expos 7-3

Tonight in Montreal, the Mets defeated the Expos 7-3 to snap a four game losing streak.  The win improved their record to 34-43.

After the Expos jumped on Mets starter Jon Matlack by plating three runs in the first inning, Montreal was held in check for the rest of the game.

The Mets began their comeback in the fourth, when Rusty Staub‘s leadoff home run cut the deficit to 3-1.  That’s where the score remained until the top of the seventh.  It was then, that the Mets erupted for five runs.  All of the damage came with two outs, and scored on RBI singles by Rusty Staub, George Theodore, and Wayne Garrett.  That made it 6-3 New York.

The Mets added a run in the ninth inning, on an RBI single off the bat of Ken Boswell.  That stretched their lead to 7-3 and closed out the scoring.  With close to half the season in the books, the Mets are 11.5 games out of first place in the N.L. East.

Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mets 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 1 7 13 2
Expos 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0

New York Mets

Montreal Expos

1. Willie Mays, CF 1. Ron Hunt, 2B
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Tim Foli, SS
3. John Milner, 1B 3. Ron Woods, CF
4. Rusty Staub, RF 4. Hal Breeden, 1B
5. Ed Kranepool, LF 5. Bob Bailey, 3B
6. Wayne Garrett, SS 6. Ken Singleton, RF
7. Ken Boswell, 3B 7. Clyde Mashore, LF
8. Ron Hodges, C 8. John Boccabella, C
9. Jon Matlack, P 9. Bill Stoneman, P

Next Up:

The Mets head back to Shea Stadium tomorrow to host Atlanta in the first game of a six game homestand.

 

 

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