August 28, 1971: Jones' Homer Gives Mets DH Sweep

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Date: August 28, 1971
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 2
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Gary Gentry, Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones
Key play: Agee’s single, Jones’ home run

The Mets and Dodgers faced each other in a doubleheader on a Saturday at Shea Stadium. After winning the opener, the Mets looked for a sweep in the second game of the twinbill. Cleon Jones hit a home run in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles.

From the first inning to the seventh, Gary Gentry and the Dodgers’ Don Sutton each pitched scoreless ball. Gentry yielded four singles and recorded five strikeouts while Sutton held the Mets to three singles and fanned six batters. To begin the top of the eighth, Duke Sims doubled to right field. Bill Russell was struck out and pinch-hitter Tom Haller singled to bring home pinch-runner Bobby Valentine for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. Maury Wills followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Bud Harrelson. Gentry then retired Bill Buckner on a fly ball to center fielder Don Hahn to close out the inning.

Duffy Dyer hit a double against Dodgers’ reliever Jim Brewer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Tommie Agee singled to score Dyer and tie the game. A wild pitch advanced pinch-runner Ted Martinez to second base and Ken Singleton grounded out to second baseman Russell to end the inning. For the Mets, reliever Tug McGraw retired the side in order in the top of the ninth.

Brewer got Harrelson on a foul pop-up to first baseman Wes Parker to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Wayne Garrett flied out to right fielder Buckner. Jones then came up to bat and slugged a homer to end the game. The Mets had completed a doubleheader sweep in dramatic fashion.