The New York Mets’ winning streak was halted at 2 when they lost to the Cincinnati Reds in 16 innings by a score of 8-3 at Shea Stadium on Monday, August 20, 1973. Tug McGraw (0-6, 5.45 ERA) took the loss after 12 amazing innings by Tom Seaver.
Every opportunity was wasted thereafter by both teams until the top of the 13th, when Tug McGraw replaced Tom. Though he struck out the first batter he faced, Pete Rose and Morgan both singled, setting up runners on the corners. The defense then failed the Fireman, as John Milner recorded an E3 on Denis Menke‘s sac bunt, scoring Rose.
With their backs against the wall, Felix Millan walked after Bud Harrelson grounded out. Rusty then doubled him over to 3rd, forcing the Reds to intentionally walk John Milner. Cleon Jones then tied the game with a sac fly, scoring Millan. Ken Boswell pinch-hit for the catcher Jerry Grote, but unfortunately lined out to the pitcher.
Tug stayed in the game and the Mets, but time ran out for him by the 16th. The Reds stringed together 3 straight 1-out singles to take the lead by 1. He walked Stahl before manager Yogi Berra replaced him with Harry Parker. A single by Cesar Geronimo plated 2, as did a triple by Ed Crosby, giving the Reds an 8-3 lead they would not relinquish.
|Cincinnati Reds||New York Mets|
|1||Pete Rose||LF||1||Bud Harrelson||SS|
|2||Joe Morgan||2B||2||Felix Millan||2B|
|3||Dan Driessen||3B||3||Rusty Staub||RF|
|4||Tony Perez||1B||4||John Milner||1B|
|5||Johnny Bench||C||5||Cleon Jones||LF|
|6||Larry Stahl||RF||6||Ron Hodges||C|
|7||Cesar Geronimo||CF||7||Don Hahn||CF|
|8||Darrel Chaney||SS||8||Ted Martinez||3B|
|9||Jack Billingham||P||9||Tom Seaver||P|
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