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Amazin' Look Back - 9/7/1973: Mets Sweep Expos in Doubleheader

Today in Montreal, the Mets swept a doubleheader from the Expos to pull within 4 games of 1st place in the N.L. East.

Game 1:

In the first game of today’s doubleheader, the Mets blanked the Expos 1-0.

The Mets broke through immediately, when Wayne Garrett led off the game with a homer that gave New York an instant 1-0 lead.

Jon Matlack pitched brilliantly for the Mets, and was 1 out away from a complete game shut out.  However, he walked back to back hitters in the bottom of the ninth to put the potential tying and winning runs on base.  He was relieved by Tug McGraw, who induced a ground out from Ron Hunt to seal the Mets’ victory.

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

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

New York Mets

Montreal Expos

1. Wayne Garrett, 3B 1. Ron Hunt, 2B
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Tony Scott, LF
3. Rusty Staub, RF 3. Bob Bailey, 3B
4. John Milner, LF 4. Hal Breeden, 1B
5. Ed Kranepool, 1B 5. Ken Singleton, RF
6. Jerry Grote, C 6. Ron Woods, CF
7. Don Hahn, CF 7. Tim Foli, SS
8. Bud Harrelson, SS 8. Bob Stinson, C
9. Jon Matlack, P 9. Steve Renko, P

Game 2:

In the second game of today’s doubleheader, the Mets won 4-2 in 15 innings to complete the sweep.

The Expos broke through for a run in the third innings, and the Mets countered with a run of their own in the seventh.  That’s where it stayed until the top of the 15th.

John Milner led off the inning with a single, and Ed Kranepool followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no one out.  After a Duffy Dyer ground out failed to plate Milner from third, Don Hahn lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Milner and give the Mets a 2-1 lead.  The Expos then intentionally walked Bud Harrelson to face Tug McGraw.  Expos reliever Mike Marshall followed that by uncorking a wild pitch.  With runners on second and third and two outs, Tug McGraw singled to right field to drive in Kranepool and Harrelson and extend New York’s lead to 4-1.

McGraw allowed Montreal to slice the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the 15th, and exited with one out and the tying runs on second and third.  He was replaced by Ray Sadecki, who struck out Pepe Mangual before getting Felipe Alou to fly out to end the game.

The win moved the Mets to 68-73 on the season.

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

7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 R H E
Mets 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 13 2
Expos 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 10 1

New York Mets

Montreal Expos

1. Wayne Garrett, 3B 1. Felipe Alou, LF
2. Felix Millan, 2B 2. Ron Woods, CF
3. Rusty Staub, RF 3. Bob Bailey, 3B
4. John Milner, LF 4. Hal Breeden, 1B
5. Ed Kranepool, 1B 5. Ken Singleton, RF
6. Jerry Grote, C 6. Tim Foli, SS
7. Don Hahn, CF 7. Terry Humphrey, C
8. Bud Harrelson, SS 8. Pepe Frias, 2B
9. Jerry Koosman, P 9. Mike Torrez, P

Next Up:

The Mets play the Expos tomorrow in the third game of their four game set.

 

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