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Amazin’ Look Back – May 2nd, 1973: Tom Seaver Surrenders Pair of Homers to Johnny Bench and Pete Rose As Cincinnati Reds Defeat New York Mets


After two days off, the Mets hosted the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium, opening up a two-game series. Tom Seaver started the game for the Mets, but fell victim late in the game to the home run ball, as Ross Grimsley and the Reds defeated New York by a final score of 6-1.

June 05, 2011; Flushing, NY, USA; The New York Mets logo behind home plate before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth-inning, as Dave Concepcion doubled to drive in Tony Perez after Seaver walked Perez. However, the Mets quickly came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth-inning when Ted Martinez hit an RBI single, scoring Bud Harrelson. In the inning that followed, Johnny Bench took Seaver deep to help the Reds retake a 2-1 lead. In the seventh-inning, the biggest blow came off the bat of Pete Rose as he connected on a two-run homer after the Grimsley singled off of Seaver.

After Seaver got out of the seventh-inning, manager Yogi Berra called on George Theodore to pinch hit for Seaver, signaling the end of his day. Seaver ended up allowing four earned runs on four hits, including a pair of homers in seven innings of work. Reliever Ray Sadecki came on in relief to pinch the final two innings, but allowed a two-run homer to Concepcion in the top of the ninth to put the game away.

Here’s a look at the boxscore and starting lineups from the game:

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The Mets will look to split the series tomorrow, as Jon Matlack faces Reds starter Tom Hall.