The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the third, when Tom Hutton drove an RBI double to right field. The Mets answered right back in the fourth, taking a 2-1 lead when Don Hahn‘s single to right field brought in a run, and an error by Philadelphia catcher Bob Boone allowed another runner to score.
Philadelphia scratched a run off Tom Seaver in the bottom of the sixth, courtesy of a run scoring double off the bat of Larry Bowa. That tied the game at 2, and that’s where things remained until the top of the 12th.
With one out, Jerry Grote singled and Don Hahn doubled to put runners on second and third. After the Phillies intentionally walked Ken Boswell to load the bases, Wayne Garrett gave the Mets a 3-2 lead when he singled to center field. The Mets got another run when Phillies reliever George Culver uncorked a wild pitch. That allowed Don Hahn to score from third base, and gave the Mets a 4-2 cushion.
Tug McGraw relieved Tom Seaver for the bottom of the 12th and retired the Phillies in order to seal the victory.
The win moved the Mets to 71-75 on the season, and kept them 2.5 games back in N.L. East race.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
New York Mets
|1. Bud Harrelson, SS||1. Denny Doyle, 2B|
|2. Felix Millan, 2B||2. Tom Hutton, 1B|
|3. Rusty Staub, RF||3. Del Unser, CF|
|4. Cleon Jones, LF||4. Greg Luzinski, LF|
|5. John Milner, 1B||5. Bob Boone, C|
|6. Jerry Grote, C||6. Mike Anderson, RF|
|7. Don Hahn, CF||7. Mike Schmidt, 3B|
|8. Ted Martinez, 3B||8. Larry Bowa, SS|
|9. Tom Seaver, P||9. Ken Brett, P|
The Mets play a doubleheader against the Cubs at Shea Stadium on September 15th.