July 1, 1967: Mets Come Back to Beat Cards

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Date: July 1, 1967
Mets starter: Dennis Bennett
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 4
Winning pitcher: Hal Reniff
Key player(s): Bud Harrelson, Larry Stahl, Ed Charles
Key play: Harrelson’s and Stahl’s RBI singles, Maxvill’s errors

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of four games in a weekend series. The Mets came from behind for a 6-4 win over St. Louis.

After a scoreless first inning, Mike Shannon got a one-out single against Mets’ starter Dennis Bennett in the top of the second. Roger Maris flied out to center fielder Larry Stahl and a double by Dave Ricketts brought home Shannon. On his own hit, Ricketts advanced to third base via a throw. Dal Maxvill grounded out to shortstop Bud Harrelson to end the inning and Ed Charles drew a walk against the Cards’ Jim Cosman with one out in the bottom half. Jerry Grote flied out to center fielder Curt Flood and a single by Bennett followed. Harrelson walked to load the bases and Stahl singled to drive home Charles and Bennett for a 2-1 Mets lead. Tommy Davis then grounded back to Cosman for the inning’s third out.

Bennett yielded only a single to Julian Javier in the top of the third. Cosman pitched a perfect bottom half and Orlando Cepeda singled against Bennett to open the top of the fourth. Shannon slugged a two-run homer and Maris grounded out to first baseman Ed Kranepool. Ricketts and Maxvill hit back-to-back singles and Mets’ reliever Dick Selma got Cosman on a force play ground ball to second baseman Chuck Hiller. Lou Brock doubled to score Ricketts and increase the Redbirds’ lead to 4-2. Selma then retired Javier on a grounder to Hiller to close out the inning.

Cosman hit both Charles and Grote with pitches to begin the bottom of the fourth. Against St. Louis reliever Al Jackson, Selma popped out to catcher Ricketts on a bunt attempt. Harrelson singled to bring home Charles and reduce the Cardinals’ lead to 4-3. Stahl went down on strikes and Davis hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Shannon to finish off the inning. Selma retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. Jackson then gave up just a single to Kranepool in the bottom half.

Selma hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Jackson set down all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Mets’ reliever Hal Reniff shut down the Cards in the top of the seventh. Harrelson singled against Jackson to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Cleon Jones got an infield single and Davis reached on shortstop Maxvill’s error to load the bases. Against Cards’ reliever Ron Willis, pinch-hitter Ken Boyer reached on an error by Maxvill to drive home Harrelson with the tying run. On the same play, Jones came around to score and give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Also on the play, Davis got caught between bases and was tagged out by Maxvill. Boyer was caught stealing on Ricketts throw to second baseman Javier and a walk to Ron Swoboda ensued. Willis then retired Hiller on a grounder to Javier to finish off the inning.

Reniff set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. To begin the bottom half, Charles singled and stole second base. Grote grounded out to Javier and a strikeout of Reniff followed. Harrelson hit a single to bring home Charles with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. With Jones at bat, Harrelson was caught stealing second on Ricketts’ throw to Javier for the inning’s final out.

Pinch-hitter Ed Spiezio got a leadoff single in the top of the ninth. Brock flied out to left fielder Davis and a fly ball by Javier was caught by center fielder Jones. Reniff then got Flood to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Charles and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory.