February 4, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Retired baseball player Pete Rose sits in attendance during UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Amazin' Look Back 8/18/1973: Mets Club Reds

The Mets defeated the Reds by the score of 12-1 at Shea today, improving their record to 54-66 on the season. The Mets scored early and often against Reds’ starter and loser Fred Norman. The onslaught began in the bottom of the second inning when Don Hahn belted a 3-run home run, scoring John Milner and Jerry Grote ahead of him. The Mets increased their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third, when Felix Millan scored on a Norman wild pitch. The Mets then broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two more runs against reliever Roger Nelson, who hit Felix Millan with a pitch with the bases loaded, then walked Willie Mays with the sacks full to plate another run.

On the pitching side, Jon Matlack went the distance for the win. He gave up 10 hits, struck out 7 and walked 4. The Reds’ only run came in the ninth on a RBI ground out by Larry Stahl. Matlack improved his record to 10-15 on the season.

Here’s a look at the starting lineups for the game:

Reds:

Pete Rose 3B

Joe Morgan 2B

Dan Driessen 3B

Tony Perez 1B

Johnny Bench RF

Andy Kosco CF

Bill Plummer C

Darrel Chaney SS

Fred Norman P

Mets:

Bud Harrelson SS

Felix Millan 2B

Willie Mays 1B

Cleon Jones RF

John Milner LF

Jerry Grote C

Don Hahn CF

Ted Martinez 3B

Jon Matlack P

Up Next: The Mets conclude their series with the Reds tomorrow, when Jerry Koosman takes on Ross Grimsley.

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