Amazin’ Look Back, May 19th, 1973- Bucs Bop Mets in 10

By Rich Sparago

The Pirates defeated the Mets in 10 innings at Shea today. Dave Giusti got the win in relief, and Tug McGraw took the loss. McGraw also was charged with a blown save, as the Mets had a 1-0 lead going into the ninth inning. However, in the ninth inning, Bob Robertson led off with a home run off of McGraw. In the tenth, Willie Stargell hit a three-run home run against McGraw. Stargell’s blast scored Dave Cash and Manny Sanguillen. Cash had reached on a fielder’s choice, and Sanguillen had singled.

June 21, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Pirates former 1971 world series teammates Manny Sanguillen (35) and Steve Blass (facing) embrace after a ceremonial first pitch before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

The Mets wasted a solid pitching performance from Jon Matlack, who went six innings. Matlack allowed nine hits, but did not allow a run. He struck out six and walked one. The Mets scored their run in the bottom of the sixth on a Rusty Staub home run.The Mets’ record fell to 19-16.

Here’s a look at the starting lineups:

Up next: The Mets conclude their series with the Pirates at Shea.

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