August 22, 1973: Milner's Single in 9th Wins It Again
|Date: August 22, 1973|
|Mets starter: George Stone|
|Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw|
|Key player(s): John Milner, Felix Millan|
|Key play: Millan's & Milner's singles in 9th|
The Mets and Dodgers played on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. Like the previous game, the Mets came up with a victory by scoring in the bottom of the ninth inning. John Milner drove home the winning run with a single for the second night in a row as the Mets defeated Los Angeles, 4-3.
In the first inning, the Dodgers got a run against Mets' starter George Stone. A sacrifice fly by Joe Ferguson brought home Manny Mota for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. Stone followed up with four scoreless innings while the Mets scored twice in the fourth when Dodgers' starter Andy Messersmith made an error on Ted Martinez's grounder that brought home Milner and Ed Kranepool.
In the top of the sixth inning, Steve Garvey singled home Ferguson to tie the game for Los Angeles. The Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on Willie Davis's sacrifice fly. Mets' reliever Tug McGraw then pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings, recording three strikeouts and three ground outs.
Cleon Jones began the bottom of the ninth with a single off Los Angeles reliever Jim Brewer. McGraw's sacrifice bunt moved Jones to second base and Cleon went to third on Wayne Garrett's fly ball. With the Mets only an out from defeat, Felix Millan singled to bring home Jones and tie the game at 3-3. Rusty Staub's single advanced Millan to second and Brewer was replaced by lefthander Pete Richert. Milner singled off Richert to bring home Millan and win the game for the Mets. It was John's second game-ending RBI single in as many days. For McGraw, the win was his first of the season after six losing decisions.