Amazin’ Look Back- April 28, 1973: Mets Top Braves, 4-2

By Rich Sparago

The Mets rebounded from their loss last night to beat the Braves in Atlanta by the score of 4-2. Jon Matlack got credit for the win, and Tug McGraw notched his fifth save. Ron Reed took the loss for Atlanta. The Mets opened the scoring in the top of the third, on a Rusty Staub double that plated Ted Martinez. Martinez had singled with one out, and advanced to third on a single by Willie Mays. The Braves tied the score at one in the bottom of seventh on a Davey Johnson solo home run. Atlanta later took a 2-1 in the inning, when Sonny Jackson singled in Darrell Evans. However, the Mets responded with three in the top of the eighth, on an Ed Kranepool single that scored Felix Millan and Wille Mays, and a Jerry Grotesingle that scored Rusty Staub. Matlack struck out 9 Braves in seven innings, as the Mets moved their record to 11-8 on the season. The Braves fell to 7-12.

Apr 23, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of baseballs during batting practice prior to the San Diego Padres game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a look at the lineups for the game:

New York Mets:

Ted Martinez LF

Felix Millan 2B

Willie Mays CF

Rusty Staub RF

Ed Kranepool 1B

Wayne Garrett 3B

Jerry Grote C

Bud Harrelson SS

Jon Matlack P

Atlanta Braves:

Rod Gilbreath 3B

Johnny Oates C

Hank Aaron RF

Davey Johnson 2B

Darrell Evans 3B

Oscar Brown CF

Ralph Garr LF

Sonny Joackson SS

Ron Reed P

Up Next: The Mets conclude their series in Atlanta, as Jerry Koosman takes the mound.

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