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Amazin' Look Back - 8/17/1973: Mets Edged By Reds

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

The Mets broke through first, plating a run in the fourth inning when Willie Mays hit a solo homer.

The score remained 1-0 Mets until the top of the ninth.  George Stone was on the hill for the Mets and was bidding for a complete game shutout.  However, with two outs and no one on, Stone surrendered consecutive singles to Dan Driessen, Tony Perez, and Johnny Bench to allow Cincinnati to tie the game 1-1.

After the Mets failed to score in the bottom of the ninth, the Reds took the lead 2-1 in the 10th when Hal King led off the inning with a homer.  The Mets went down in order in their half of the 10th to fall to 53-66 on the season.

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9/10 R H E
Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 2 6 0
Mets 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 1 7 0

New York Mets

Cincinnati Reds

1. Wayne Garrett, 3B 1. Pete Rose, LF
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Joe Morgan, 2B
3. Willie Mays, 1B 3. Dan Driessen, 3B
4. Cleon Jones, RF 4. Tony Perez, 1B
5. John Milner, LF 5. Johnny Bench, RF
6. Jerry Grote, C 6. Andy Kosco, CF
7. Don Hahn, CF 7. Bill Plummer, C
8. Ted Martinez, SS 8. Darrel Chaney, SS
9. George Stone, P 9. Don Gullett, P

Next Up:

The Mets and Reds play the second game of their four game set tomorrow at Shea.


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