July 1, 1965: Kranepool and Swoboda Bury Reds

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Date: July 1, 1965
Mets starter: Al Jackson
Mets: 5
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Al Jackson
Key player(s): Al Jackson, Ed Kranepool, Ron Swoboda, Chuck Hiller
Key play: Kranepool’s home run, Swoboda’s triple, Hiller’s double

The Mets faced the Reds on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series at Shea Stadium. Both Ed Kranepool and Ron Swoboda drove in two runs with a homer and triple, respectively, in a 5-1 Mets win over Cincinnati.

Mets’ starter Al Jackson pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Roy McMillan singled against the Reds’ Jim Maloney with one out in the bottom half. Kranepool followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Johnny Lewis drew a walk and moved to second base on catcher Don Pavletich’s passed ball. Jim Hickman was retired on a line drive to Maloney. Danny Napoleon was hit by a pitch. Maloney then got Bobby Klaus on a pop-up to shortstop Leo Cardenas for the third out.

After a scoreless second, Tommy Harper drew a walk to open the top of the third. Harper advanced to second base on Pete Rose’s single and came around to score on a single by Vada Pinson. Frank Robinson grounded out to first baseman Kranepool and a walk to Deron Johnson loaded the bases. Jackson got Pavletich to hit a ground ball to shortstop McMillan for an inning-ending double play. Maloney then yielded only a single to Hickman in the bottom half.

Jackson hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Chris Cannizzaro drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Jackson went down on strikes and Chuck Hiller hit a double to bring home Cannizzaro for a 3-1 Mets lead. McMillan walked and Kranepool was called out on strikes to finish off the inning. Jackson set down the side in order in the top of the fifth and Lewis doubled to begin the bottom half. Maloney then retired the next three New York batters on infield grounders to end the inning.

Jackson retired the Reds 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Maloney hurled a perfect bottom half and Tony Perez got a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Cardenas lined to Kranepool for an unassisted double play and Jackson threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Charlie James to close out the inning. Lewis and Hickman got back-to-back singles against Cincinnati reliever Bill McCool with two outs in the bottom half. Swoboda tripled to score Lewis and Hickman with the Mets’ fourth and fifth runs of the game. McCool then struck out Klaus to end the inning.

Jackson pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Reds’ reliever Roger Craig retired the side in order in the bottom half and Robinson doubled to open the top of the ninth. Johnson was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Lewis. Pavletich lined out to left fielder Swoboda and a walk to Perez ensued. Jackson then got Cardenas to hit a force play ground ball to McMillan for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory and a two-game series sweep.