Tonight at Shea Stadium, the Mets edged the Pirates 4-3 in 13 innings to pull within a half game of first place in the N.L. East.
Pittsburgh got on the board first, when a two out error by Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson allowed the Pirates to plate an unearned run and take a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied things up in the sixth on a two out RBI single by Cleon Jones, but the Pirates snatched the lead right back when they notched a run of their own in the top of the seventh to go up 2-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Mets tied things at 2 when a Felix Millan single drove in Ted Martinez. The Pirates went right back ahead 3-2 in the top of the ninth, tallying a run off Harry Parker when Dave Cash delivered a two out RBI double.
Ray Sadecki came in to pitch the 10th for the Mets, and held the Pirates scoreless for four innings.
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. Cleon Jones, LF||4. Willie Stargell, LF|
|5. John Milner, 1B||5. Richie Zisk, RF|
|6. Jerry Grote, C||6. Manny Sanguillen, C|
|7. Don Hahn, CF||7. Bob Robertson, 1B|
|8. Bud Harrelson, SS||8. Dal Maxvill, SS|
|9. Jerry Koosman, P||9. Jim Rooker, P|
The Mets wrap up their three game series against the Pirates tomorrow at Shea.