August 8, 1967: Bob Johnson Homers in 11th
|Date: August 8, 1967|
|Mets starter: Bob Hendley|
|Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor|
|Key player(s): Bob Johnson, Ed Kranepool, Ed Charles|
|Key play: Charles' single in 9th, Johnson's homer in 11th|
Atlanta starter Denny Lemaster held the Mets to one hit over the first seven innings. A leadoff walk to Bud Harrelson in the first and Ed Charles' single in the second were the only times the Mets had reached base against him. After Charles' hit, Lemaster retired the next 16 consecutive batters. Meanwhile, the Braves got single runs in the third and sixth innings against Mets' starter Bob Hendley for a 2-0 lead.
In the eighth, the Mets loaded the bases with two out against Lemaster. Ron Swoboda and Jerry Buchek singled and pinch-hitter Phil Linz drew a walk. Cecil Upshaw came in to relieve and got Harrelson to fly out to left field, ending the inning.
Johnson got a single off Upshaw with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool followed with a double to score Johnson with the Mets' first run. After Swoboda lined out to center field, Charles came through with a clutch single to bring home Kranepool with the tying run. Braves' reliever Jay Ritchie struck out John Sullivan to send the game to extra innings.
After Ron Taylor pitched two perfect innings of relief, Johnson led off the bottom of the 11th inning. Bob hammered a home run off Ritchie to end the game. The Mets had an amazing comeback victory to end a four-game losing streak.