Amazin’ Look Back – 9/5/1973: Mets Blank Phillies
Tonight at Shea Stadium, the Mets blanked Philadelphia 4-0 to remain within 5.5 games of the N.L East lead.
Apr 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets former player Rusty Staub throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of a MLB opening day game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Mets broke through right away, plating a run in the first inning when Rusty Staub hit a solo homer with 2 outs.
In the fifth, the Mets extended their lead to 2-0. With 2 outs, Phillies starter Wayne Twitchell uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Wayne Garrett to scamper home.
After Tug McGraw relieved Sadecki with 2 outs in the top of the sixth and escaped the inherited jam unscathed, the Mets added 2 more runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach. The runs came courtesy of a 2 out triple by Wayne Garrett that plated Jerry Grote and Bud Harrelson and gave the Mets a 4-0 lead.
McGraw hurled the next 3 innings to close out the shutout victory.
The win moved the Mets to 66-73 on the season.
Here’s the box score and starting lineups from the game:
New York Mets
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The Mets are off tomorrow. They open a 7 game road trip with a doubleheader in Montreal on September 7th.
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