Today at Shea Stadium, the Mets knocked off the Pirates 7-3 to pull within 1.5 games of first place in the N.L. East.
The Pirates took an immediate 1-0 lead when Rennie Stennett led off the game with a home run.
The Mets took the lead back in the second. John Milner led off the inning with a single, and John Milner followed by drilling a home run that gave the Mets a 2-1 advantage.
After the Pirates tied things up in the third, the Mets went right back ahead 3-2 when Felix Millan stroked an RBI single to center field.
The Mets added on in the fifth, going up 4-2 on a George Stone RBI ground out. The Pirates answered with a run of their own in the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3, but the Mets plated 3 runs in the eighth to go up 7-4 and put the game away.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
New York Mets
|1. Wayne Garrett, 3B||1. Rennie Stennett, 2B|
|2. Felix Millan, 2B||2. Dave Cash, 3B|
|3. Rusty Staub, RF||3. Al Oliver, CF|
|4. John Milner, 1B||4. Willie Stargell, LF|
|5. Cleon Jones, LF||5. Richie Zisk, RF|
|6. Dave Schneck, CF||6. Manny Sanguillen, C|
|7. Jerry Grote, C||7. Bob Robertson, 1B|
|8. Bud Harrelson, SS||8. Dal Maxvill, SS|
|9. George Stone, P||9. Nelson Briles, P|
The Mets play the second game of their three game set against the Pirates tomorrow at Shea.