August 29, 1971: Agee's Single in 9th Beats Dodgers

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Date: August 29, 1971
Mets starter: Ray Sadecki
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Tommie Agee, Ed Kranepool, Ken Singleton, Tug McGraw
Key play: Singleton’s home run, Kranepool’s double, Agee’s single

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams completed a three-game series in front of 44,255 fans on hand. Tommie Agee singled to drive home the winning run in the ninth inning for a 4-3 Mets victory over Los Angeles and a sweep of the series.

Mets’ starter Ray Sadecki walked Wes Parker with two outs in the top of the first inning. Dick Allen followed with a home run for a 2-0 Dodgers lead. Manny Mota grounded out to third baseman Wayne Garrett to end the inning. The Mets were retired in order by Los Angeles starter Bill Singer in the bottom half. Sadecki shut down the Dodgers in the top of the second. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Ken Singleton homered for the Mets’ first run of the game. Singer then walked Jerry Grote and threw a called third strike past Don Hahn for the third out.

Parker singled and advanced to third base on right fielder Singleton’s error with two outs in the top of the third inning. Allen hit a single to score Parker for a 3-1 Los Angeles lead. Mota grounded out to second baseman Ken Boswell to close out the inning. Garrett drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Cleon Jones doubled to bring home Garrett and moved to third on an error by catcher Joe Ferguson. A double by Ed Kranepool plated Jones to tie the game. Boswell then popped out to second baseman Bill Russell to end the inning.

Sadecki and Singer each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. In the top of the eighth, Willie Davis got a leadoff single and advanced to second on Bobby Valentine’s sacrifice bunt. Parker drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw retired Allen on a fly ball to center fielder Hahn. McGraw fanned Mota for the final out of the inning. Singer held the Mets to a single by Kranepool in the bottom half. Tug then set down the Dodgers 1-2-3 top of the ninth.

To begin the bottom of the ninth inning, Singleton walked and went to second on Grote’s sacrifice bunt. Singer struck out pinch-hitter Art Shamsky. As a pinch-hitter for McGraw, Agee delivered a single to right field that brought home Singleton to end the game. The Mets had a win and a three-game series sweep.