Amazin’ Look Back, September 8, 1973: Mets Fall To Expos 3-1

By Rich Sparago

Today in Montreal, the Mets saw their late-season resurgence hit a stumbling block as they lost to the Expos in Montreal by the score of 3-1. Tom Seaver made the start for New York, and went the distance in a losing effort. Seaver allowed 3 earned runs on 4 hits, striking out 7 and walking 3. Steve Rogers also pitched a complete game, and notched his 8th win of the season.

Seaver was victimized twice by the long ball. In the bottom of the 3rd, ex-Met Ken Singleton took Seaver deep with Ron Fairly aboard to give Montreal a 2-0 lead. On the bottom of the 8th, Fairly hit a home run of his own off of the Mets’ ace. The Mets scored their only run in the top of the 4th when Jerry Grote singled in Rusty Staub, who had reached on an error.

Aug 28, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers batting practice baseballs on the field prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets saw their record fall to 68-74, while the Expos sit at 69-72 after their win.

Here are the starting lineups for the game:

New York Mets:

Wayne Garrett 3B

Felix Millan 2B

Rusty Staub RF

John Milner LF

Ed Kranepool 1B

Jerry Grote C

Don Hahn CF

Bud Harrelson SS

Tom Seaver P

Montreal Expos:

Larry Lintz 2B

Ron Fairly LF

Ken Singleton RF

Mike Jorgensen 1B

Bernie Allen 3B

Jim Lyttle CF

Bob Stinson C

Tim Foli SS

Steve Rogers P

Up Next: The Mets and Expos conclude their series tomorrow when George Stone takes the mound for New York.