Feb 12, 2013; Bradenton, FL, USA; A general view of a dugout logo as the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers and catchers report for a workout session during spring training at Pirate City. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin' Look Back - August 2nd, 1973: Mets Top Pirates

Tonight at Shea Stadium, the Mets took on the Pirates in the final game of a four game set.

The Mets opened the scoring in the third, when Willie Mays drove in two runs with a single and Cleon Jones drove in another with a double to put the Mets in front 3-0.

In the eighth, the Mets extended their lead to 5-0 when Willie Mays delivered an RBI single and a Jerry Grote bunt drove in another.

Ray Sadecki nearly went the distance for the Mets, but gave way to Tug McGraw after he allowed the first two batters to reach in the top of the ninth.  McGraw allowed one of the inherited runners to score, but locked up the win.

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

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

New York Mets

Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Don Hahn, CF 1. Rennie Stennett, 2B
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Manny Sanguillen, C
3. Willie Mays, 1B 3. Al Oliver, CF
4. Cleon Jones, RF 4. Willie Stargell, LF
5. John Milner, LF 5. Richie Zisk, RF
6. Jerry Grote, C 6. Bob Robertson, 1B
7. Wayne Garrett, 3B 7. Richie Hebner, 3B
8. Ted Martinez, SS 8. Dal Maxvill, SS
9. Ray Sadecki, P 9. Jim Rooker, P

Next Up:

The Mets open a six game series with the Cardinals tomorrow at Shea Stadium.


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