Jun 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A major league baseball and glove sits in the bat rack in the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin' Look Back: 7/20/1973 - Mets Fall to Astros 6-2

Tonight at the Astrodome in Houston, the Mets lost to the Astros 6-2 to fall to 40-51 on the season.

After falling behind 1-0 in the second inning, the Mets plated single runs in the third and fourth to take a 2-1 lead.

However, in the bottom of the sixth, Jon Matlack was touched up for three runs.  After recording the first two outs of the inning, Matlack gave up a double to Bob Watson, an RBI single to Lee May, and a two run homer to Doug Rader as Houston took a 4-2 lead.

The Mets failed to score the rest of the way, and the Astros tacked on two more runs in the eighth to extend their lead to 6-2 and close out the scoring.

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 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 1
Astros 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 6 7 0

New York Mets

Houston Astros

1. Willie Mays, CF 1. Roger Metzger, SS
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Tommy Helms, 2B
3. Rusty Staub, RF 3. Cesar Cedeno, CF
4. Cleon Jones, LF 4. Bob Watson, LF
5. John Milner, 1B 5. Lee May, 1B
6. Duffy Dyer, C 6. Doug Rader, 3B
7. Wayne Garrett, 3B 7. Jim Wynn, RF
8. Bud Harrelson, SS 8. Skip Jutze, C
9. Jon Matlack, P 9. Dave Roberts, P

Next Up:

The Mets play the second game of their three game series in Houston tomorrow.


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