Amazin’ Look Back, 7/7/1973: Braves Top Mets 9-8

By Rich Sparago

The Atalanta Braves defeated the Mets by a score of 9-8 at Shea today, dropping the Mets to 34-45 on the season. The Mets had a 7-6 lead going into the 9th inning, but Tug McGraw could not nail down the save. In the 9th, the Braves scored 3 times, on RBIs from Marty Perez (single),  Norm Miller (bases-loaded walk), and a fielder’s choice by Dusty Baker. The Mets scored one in the bottom of the 9th when a Cleon Jones ground out scored Ken Boswell, who had tripled. However, the Mets would get no closer.

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The Mets’ runs were driven in by Willie Mays (2), Wayne Garrett (2), Don Hahn, Ken Boswell, and Cleon Jones. Ray Sadecki started for the Mets and went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits with 5 strikeouts. Phil Hennigan pitched 2 innings, allowing 3 earned runs. Tug McGraw blew his 7th save on the season.

Here are the starting lineups for the game:

Atlanta Braves:

Ralph Garr RF

Marty Perez SS

Darrell Evans 3B

Dusty Baker CF

Davey Johnson 2B

Dick Dietz 1B

Mike Lum LF

Paul Casanova C

Carl Morton P

New York Mets:

Don Hahn CF

Felix Millan 2B

Wayne Garrett SS

Rusty Staub RF

John Milner 1B

Ken Boswell 3B

George Theodore LF

Ron Hodges C

Ray Sadecki P

Up Next: The Mets conclude their series with the Braves at Shea, with Phil Neikro taking on George Stone.

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