August 2, 1973: Jones Gets 1,000th Hit in Win

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Date: August 2, 1973
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 5
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki
Key player(s): Cleon Jones, Willie Mays, Ray Sadecki
Key play: Mays' single in 3rd, Jones' RBI double

The Mets and Pirates played on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams squared off against each other in the finale of a four-game series. Cleon Jones' 1,000th career hit and Ray Sadecki's solid pitching led the Mets to a 5-1 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Sadecki and the Pirates' Jim Rooker started the game with two scoreless innings apiece. In the top of the third, Ray set down the Bucs in order with two ground outs and a strikeout of Rooker. Don Hahn got a one-out single and went to third base on an ensuing single by Felix Millan in the bottom of the third inning. On an infield single by Willie Mays, Hahn scored and Millan came all the way home on Rooker's throwing error. Jones followed with a double for his 1,000th hit to score Mays from second and extend the Mets' lead to 3-0. Rooker then retired John Milner and Jerry Grote on ground balls to second baseman Rennie Stennett to end the inning.

From the fourth inning to the seventh, Sadecki and Rooker pitched scoreless ball. Ray surrendered three singles and issued a walk to Dal Maxvill, but set down all other Pirate batters. Meanwhile, Rooker recorded seven strikeouts and gave up only a walk to Milner in shutting down the Mets. In the top of the eighth, Maxvill lined out to second baseman Millan and a pinch-hit single by Dave Cash ensued. Sadecki then struck out Stennett and got Manny Sanguillen to hit into an inning-ending force play.

Against Pittsburgh reliever John Lamb, Millan reached on an error by shortstop Maxvill. Mays got an infield single on which second baseman Cash made an errant throw that allowed Millan to score from first base. Jones grounded out to move Mays from second to third and Milner was walked intentionally. Grote's sacrifice bunt scored Mays with the Mets fifth run. Lamb then retired Wayne Garrett on a line drive to first baseman Bob Robertson for the third out of the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Al Oliver got a leadoff single and Willie Stargell drew a walk. Tug McGraw came in to relieve Sadecki and yielded a single to Richie Zisk that scored Oliver. McGraw struck out Robertson and retired Richie Hebner on a ground ball to first baseman Mays. After walking Maxvill to load the bases, Tug fanned Cash to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series as Jones became the first player ever to get 1,000 hits for the team.