August 27, 1972: Mets Erupt for 13 Runs

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Date: August 27, 1972
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 13
Braves: 6
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): John Milner, Jerry Grote, Tom Seaver
Key play: Milner’s home run, Grote’s two-run single, Seaver’s home run

The Mets and Braves faced each other on a Sunday afternoon. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Atlanta Stadium. The Mets hit four doubles and four home runs that led to a 13-6 win.

In the top of the first inning, the Mets got off to an early lead on John Milner’s solo home run with two outs. Tom Seaver struck out Ralph Garr and gave up a single to Felix Millan to begin the bottom half. Seaver followed up the strikeouts of Hank Aaron and Dusty Baker to end the inning. With one out in the top of the second, Dave Marshall reached on an error by second baseman Millan. Duffy Dyer hit a double and Jerry Grote singled to drive in two runs. Seaver homered for two more runs and a 5-0 Mets lead. Braves’ starter Denny McLain retired the next two batters for the final two outs. Seaver then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.

McLain walked Milner to open the top of the third. Tommie Agee followed with a two-run homer. Ed Kranepool doubled and came home on Marshall’s ensuing double against Atlanta reliever Tom Kelley. Marshall moved to third base on a wild pitch and Dyer grounded out to shortstop Marty Perez. Grote’s ground out to third baseman Darrell Evans scored Marshall with the Mets’ ninth run. Kelley then struck out Seaver to close out the inning.

Seaver retired the side in order in the bottom of the third. Kelley pitched a scoreless top of the fourth and Seaver limited the Braves to a double by Aaron in the bottom half. The Mets had runners on first and second base with two outs in the top of the fifth. Seaver hit a fly ball to center fielder Baker for the third out. Tom then set down the Braves 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Ken Boswell singled with one out in the top of the sixth. A pair of wild pitches advanced Boswell to third base. Kelley threw a called third strike past Milner and walked Agee. Kranepool hit a single to bring home Boswell and stretch the Mets’ lead to 10-0. Marshall flied out to Baker to end the inning. Seaver then retired all three Atlanta hitters in the bottom half.

Braves’ reliever Mike McQueen shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh inning. Baker and Earl Williams got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Evans followed with a three-run homer and Perez drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Rico Carty hit a double to score Perez. Seaver then retired Garr on a fly ball to left fielder Milner for the third out of the inning.

Boswell homered off Atlanta’s Joe Hoerner to begin the top of the eighth. With one out, Agee hit a double to left field. Hoerner got Kranepool to fly out to Baker and struck out Marshall to end the inning. Millan singled off Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella to open the bottom half. Frisella then retired the next three Braves batters to close out the inning.

Atlanta reliever pat Jarvis walked Dyer to start the top of the ninth. Grote hit a single to send Dyer to third. An ensuing single by Frisella scored Dyer and increased the Mets’ lead to 12-4. Lute Barnes hit into a force play and Boswell popped out to Perez. Milner singled to drive home Grote with the Mets’ thirteenth run. Jarvis then got Agee on a fly ball to Baker that ended the inning.

Frisella walked Mike Lum with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Perez singled to move Lum to third base and pinch-hitter Gil Garrido flied out to right fielder Marshall. Garr hit a double to score Lum and send Perez to third. Frisella threw a wild pitch that brought home Perez. Millan then grounded out to shortstop Barnes to end the game. The Mets had a victory with a solid hitting attack.