Amazin’ Look Back 7/28/1973: Mets Rough Up Expos

By Rich Sparago

The Mets beat the Expos 11-3 at Shea today. George Stone went the distance for the win, allowing 8 hits and 3 runs (2 earned), while striking out 3 and walking 1. Stone improved to 6-3 on the season. Mike Torrez took the loss for Montreal, lasting only 1 2/3 innings, while giving up 5 runs (4 earned), striking out none and walking 3.

July 30, 2011; Washington, D.C., USA; During a game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets a fan holds a sign in support of the Montreal Expos team at Nationals Park. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3 – 0. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets jumped on Torrez early, plating 5 in the bottom of the first inning. Wayne Garrett led off with a double, and Felix Millan singled him to third. Rusty Staub reached on an error with Garrett scoring. After a single by Cleon Jones loaded the bases, John Milner uncleared them with a grand slam home run. The Expos scored 1 run in the top of the 3rd, but the Mets answered with 4 of their own in the bottom of the frame. RBIs came from Bud Harrelson, Stone, and Jones (2). The Mets added two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth, on a error off the bat of Ed Kranepool and a single by Harrelson. The Mets improved their record to 44-53 on the year.

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

Montreal Expos                                New York Mets
1 Ron Hunt 2B                               1 Wayne Garrett 3B
2 Mike Jorgensen LF                    2 Felix Millan 2B
3 Ron Woods CF                           3 Rusty Staub RF
4 Hal Breeden 1B                          4 Cleon Jones CF
5 Bob Bailey 3B                             5 John Milner LF
6 Ken Singleton RF                       6 Ed Kranepool 1B
7 John Boccabella C                     7 Ron Hodges C
8 Pepe Frias SS                              8 Bud Harrelson SS
9 Mike Torrez P                                9 George Stone P

Up Next: The Mets and Expos tangle at Shea again tomorrow, when Mike Marshall opposes the Mets’ Ray Sadecki.

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