August 9, 1974: Apodaca and Hahn Beat Reds

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Date: August 9, 1974
Mets starter: Bob Apodaca
Mets: 4
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Bob Apodaca
Key player(s): Bob Apodaca, Don Hahn
Key play: Apodaca's double, Hahn's home run

The Mets began a series with the Reds on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. In the game, Bob Apodaca pitched seven scoreless innings and drove in a run with a double. He got additional support from Don Hahn's three-run homer. The Mets defeated Cincinnati, 4-1.

Apodaca held the "Big Red Machine" hitless for the first three innings. In the fourth, he allowed a single to Darrell Chaney before getting Johnny Bench for an inning-ending double play. Bob then hit a two-out double off Reds' starter Fred Norman to score Hahn for a 1-0 Mets lead in the bottom of the inning.

After two more scoreless innings, the Mets had a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the sixth. Two Cincinnati errors and a walk to Apodaca loaded the bases with one out. Norman then got Wayne Garrett on a comeback line drive for a double play that ended the inning.

In the seventh, the Mets had another scoring chance. With two runners on base and two out, they took advantage as Hahn homered to increase the lead to four runs. Norman then got Duffy Dyer on a ground ball for the third out.

Mets' reliever Tug McGraw struck out Pete Rose with two runners on base to end the top of the eighth. In the ninth, Bench hit a home run off McGraw with one out. Tug then retired the next two Reds batters to finish off the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.