Apr 1, 2013; Queens, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Anthony Recker (20) shakes the hand of Mets legend Rusty Staub after he throws out the first pitch before the opening day game against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Amazin' Look Back - July 9th, 1973: Felix Millan Walks Off Against Houston, 2-1, in 12

The New York Mets (35-46) won for only the 2nd time in 8 attempts by a score of 2-1 in 12 innings at Shea on Monday, July 9, 1973. Tom Seaver (9-4, 2.05 ERA, No-Decision) and Don Wilson had quite the pitcher’s duel, with the latter going 11 innings. The Franchise went 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 8 strikeouts, whereas his Houston counterpart gave up 1 run on 7 hits, 3 walks and 9 strikeouts in 11 frames.

The two matched zeros until HOU 3B Lee May led off the 7th inning with a home run.

Right fielder Rusty Staub led off the bottom of the 9th with a single, but was erased on left fielder Ed Kranepool‘s force out. Ted Martinez ran for Eddie, but 1B John Milner struck out. Catcher Ron Hodges luckily kept things alive with a single, sending Martinez to 3rd. Shortstop Bud Harrelson was due up, but Yogi Berra decided to pinch hit Jim Beauchamp for him. The move paid off, as Jim hit a single to left, tying the game at 1. Though the bases were loaded with a walk to a pinch-hitting Willie Mays, 3B Wayne Garrett struck out to send it into extras.

Everyone went quietly until the bottom of the 12th, when the Say Hey Kid, who stayed in the game in center, hit a single with 1 out, heading over to 2nd on Garrett’s groundout to 3rd. That set it up for 2B Felix Millan to single him home with the winning run, sending the 19,099 who were still there into a frenzy.

Starting Lineups

Houston Astros New York Mets
1 Jim Wynn RF 1 Wayne Garrett 3B
2 Roger Metzger SS 2 Felix Millan 2B
3 Cesar Cedeno CF 3 Cleon Jones CF
4 Bob Watson LF 4 Rusty Staub RF
5 Doug Rader 3B 5 Ed Kranepool LF
6 Lee May 1B 6 John Milner 1B
7 Tommy Helms 2B 7 Ron Hodges C
8 Skip Jutze C 8 Bud Harrelson SS
9 Don Wilson P 9 Tom Seaver P

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