Tonight at Shea Stadium, the Mets blanked Philadelphia 4-0 to remain within 5.5 games of the N.L East lead.
The Mets broke through right away, plating a run in the first inning when Rusty Staub hit a solo homer with 2 outs.
In the fifth, the Mets extended their lead to 2-0. With 2 outs, Phillies starter Wayne Twitchell uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Wayne Garrett to scamper home.
After Tug McGraw relieved Sadecki with 2 outs in the top of the sixth and escaped the inherited jam unscathed, the Mets added 2 more runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach. The runs came courtesy of a 2 out triple by Wayne Garrett that plated Jerry Grote and Bud Harrelson and gave the Mets a 4-0 lead.
McGraw hurled the next 3 innings to close out the shutout victory.
The win moved the Mets to 66-73 on the season.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
New York Mets
|1. Wayne Garrett, 3B||1. Terry Harmon, 2B|
|2. Felix Millan, 2B||2. Mike Anderson, RF|
|3. Rusty Staub, RF||3. Willie Montanez, 1B|
|4. John Milner, LF||4. Greg Luzinski, LF|
|5. Ed Kranepool, 1B||5. Bill Robinson, CF|
|6. Jerry Grote, C||6. Bob Boone, C|
|7. Don Hahn, CF||7. Mike Schmidt, 3B|
|8. Bud Harrelson, SS||8. Larry Bowa, SS|
|9. Ray Sadecki, P||9. Wayne Twitchell, P|
The Mets are off tomorrow. They open a 7 game road trip with a doubleheader in Montreal on September 7th.