April 25, 1973: Koosman Six-Hits Astros

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Date: April 25, 1973
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 5
Astros: 2
Winning pitcher: Jerry Koosman
Key player(s): Jerry Koosman, Rusty Staub, John Milner
Key play: Milner’s double, Staub’s home runs

The Mets faced the Astros on a Wednesday night in Houston. The teams played the second of three games at the Astrodome. Jerry Koosman pitched a six-hitter in a 5-2 Mets win.

Astros’ starter Don Wilson retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Koosman struck out Tommie Agee to begin the bottom half. Tommy Helms hit a triple and came home on Cesar Cedeno’s sacrifice fly for a 1-0 Houston lead. Bob Watson followed with a single to left field. Koosman then got Jim Wynn on a foul pop-up to catcher Jerry Grote for the third out.

Leading off the top of the second, Rusty Staub homered to tie the game. George Theodore was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Wynn. Wayne Garrett grounded out to second baseman Helms and a single by Ted Martinez ensued. Wilson retired Grote on a fly ball to left fielder Agee to end the inning and Doug Rader doubled to open the bottom half. Larry Howard hit a double on which Rader moved only to third base and Roger Metzger grounded out to second baseman Felix Millan. Wilson popped out to Koosman, who followed up by retiring Agee on a fly ball to right fielder Staub to finish off the inning.

Bud Harrelson and Millan got back-to-back singles against Wilson with one out in the top of the third. John Milner doubled to score Harrelson and Millan for a 3-1 Mets lead. Staub was given an intentional walk and Theodore singled to bring home Milner with the Mets’ fourth run. Garrett drew a walk against Astros’ reliever Tom Griffin to load the bases and Martinez popped out to shortstop Metzger. Grote grounded back to Griffin to end the inning. Koosman then hurled a perfect bottom half.

After a scoreless fourth, Staub led off the top of the fifth with his second home run of the game. Theodore grounded back to Griffin and a pop-up by Garrett was caught by Helms. Martinez grounded out to third baseman Rader to end the inning and Koosman set down all three Houston batters in the bottom half. Astros’ reliever Cecil Upshaw surrendered only a walk to Harrelson in the top of the sixth. Koosman then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Upshaw shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Rader hit a home run to begin the bottom half. Howard went down on strikes and Metzger grounded out to shortstop Harrelson. Koosman retired pinch-hitter Jesus Alou on a pop-up to Millan that closed out the inning and Astros’ reliever Mike Cosgrove pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom half, Cedeno drew a walk and Watson doubled for the sixth Houston hit. Koosman then got Wynn to pop out to Millan and end the inning.

Cosgrove hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. To start the bottom half, Rader and Howard were retired on consecutive ground balls to Harrelson. Koosman then retired pinch-hitter Lee May on a grounder to Harrelson for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Jerry’s complete game.