August 14, 1967: Mets Defeat Larry Jackson

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Date: August 14, 1967
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 8
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher
Key player(s): Jack Fisher, Ed Kranepool
Key play: Kranepool’s double in 4th, Buchek’s double in 7th

On a Monday night at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium, the Mets faced a perennial nemesis. Phillies’ pitcher Larry Jackson had defeated them 18 times without a loss over the previous five and one-half seasons, starting with their first game ever. This time, a four-run fourth inning led the Mets to an 8-3 win to end Jackson’s winning streak against them.

The Phils scored against Jack Fisher in the first inning on a single by Tony Gonzalez that brought home Cookie Rojas. The Mets got leadoff doubles from Bud Harrelson and Ed Kranepool in the first two innings, but did not get any runs. It looked like business as usual for Jackson in shutting down the Mets.

However, things changed in the top of the fourth inning. Tommy Davis and Ron Swoboda led off with singles. Kranepool followed with his second double off Jackson to score Davis and Swoboda, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Kranepool later scored on Jerry Grote's single and Jerry Buchek crossed the plate on a force out for two more runs. Fisher then retired the Phils in order in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings before singling home Cleon Jones in the top of the sixth for another Met run.

Chuck Hiller batted for Jackson in the sixth and got a double off Fisher. The Phils eventually scored a run in the inning, but the Mets added two more in the seventh against reliever Dallas Green on a double by Jerry Buchek to bring home Davis and a passed ball on which Kranepool scored. A single by Swoboda that scored Harrelson gave the Mets another run off Green in the eighth.

Rojas scored on a single by Johnny Briggs in the bottom of the eighth for the Phils’ final run. Fisher pitched a scoreless ninth for a complete game victory. The Mets finally had their first win against Larry Jackson.