Amazin’ Look Back, May 26th 1973: Dodgers Beat Mets 9-5

By Rich Sparago

The Dodgers beat the Mets 9-5 in Los Angeles today. Harry Parker started for New York and lasted only 3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits. Jim McAndrew took the loss in relief of Parker. McAndrew pitched 4 innings, allowing 5 runs on 9 hits. Overall, this was not a good day for Mets’ pitching.

May 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Detailed view of an official MLB baseball in a glove in the Atlanta Braves dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets took a 3-0 lead before the Dodgers came to bat. George Theodore singled in Felix Millan, and two more runs scored on a Willie Davis error on a ball hit by Ted Martinez. The Dodgers answered with 1 run in the bottom of the second, on a Bill Russell single that scored Ron Cey. The Dodgers added 3 runs in the bottom of the third on run-scoring hits by Von Joshua, Bill Russell, and Al Downing. The Mets took the lead back in the top of fifth on RBIs by Rusty Staub and Jim Fregosi. However, Los Angeles re-took the lead, this time for good, with 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a 2-run single by Bill Russell. Joe Ferguson later added a 2-run home run to close the scoring for the day.

Here are the lineups for the game:


Wayne Garrett 3B

Felix Millan 2B

George Theodore LF

Rusty Staub RF

Jim Fregosi 1B

Ted Martinez CF

Duffy Dyer C

Bud Harrelson SS

Harry Parker P


Davey Lopes 2B

Bill Buckner 1B

Willie Davis CF

Joe Ferguson C

Willie Crawford RF

Ron Cey 3B

Von Joshua LF

Bill Russell SS

Al Downing P

The Mets saw their record fall to 20-19, while the Dodgers pushed their record to 26-19.

Up next, the Mets conclude their series with the Dodgers with Jerry Koosman facing Don Sutton.

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