August 29, 1972: McAndrew and Three Homers Bury Reds

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Date: August 29, 1972
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 3
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Ken Boswell, Ed Kranepool, Tommie Agee
Key play: Mets’ three home runs

The Mets faced the Reds on a Tuesday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Jim McAndrew and a trio of home runs led the way to a 3-0 win Mets win.

McAndrew and the Reds’ Jack Billingham each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Ken Boswell hit a home run to lead off the top of the fourth. John Milner grounded out to second baseman Joe Morgan and a homer by Ed Kranepool increased the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Dave Marshall singled and was caught stealing second base on catcher Bill Plummer’s throw to shortstop Darrel Chaney. Wayne Garrett drew a walk and Billingham got Duffy Dyer on a force play ground ball to third baseman Denis Menke for the final out of the inning. McAndrew then yielded only a single to Pete Rose in the bottom half.

Billingham shut down the Mets without a hit from the fifth inning to the seventh. McAndrew responded by hurling three scoreless bottom halves. Leading off the top of the eighth, Tommie Agee slugged the Mets’ third solo home run of the game. Boswell was called out on strikes and Milner grounded out to Morgan. Kranepool drew a walk and Billingham retired Marshall on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Tony Perez. McAndrew then set down all three Cincinnati batters in the bottom half.

Garrett drew a walk against Reds’ reliever Clay Carroll to open the top of the ninth. Dyer followed with a single to advance Garrett to third base. Bud Harrelson hit a grounder on which Morgan threw to Plummer for an out at home on Garrett. A sacrifice bunt by McAndrew put Mets runners on second and third. Carroll then threw a called third strike past Agee to close out the inning.

Morgan grounded out to first baseman Kranepool to begin the bottom of the ninth. Bobby Tolan grounded out to second baseman Boswell and a walk to Johnny Bench ensued. Perez singled to send Bench to third base and McAndrew was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw. A walk to Menke loaded the bases. McGraw then retired pinch-hitter Hal McRae on a fly ball to left fielder Milner for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory over the National League West Division leaders.