July 27, 1971: Kranepool and Dyer Beat Cards in 9th

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Date: July 27, 1971
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Danny Frisella
Key player(s): Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Duffy Dyer
Key play: Kranepool’s two singles, Dyer’s single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 35,597 fans on hand. Ed Kranepool and Duffy Dyer hit run-scoring singles in the ninth inning for a 3-2 Mets win over St. Louis.

Tom Seaver and the Cards’ Chris Zachary each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. A single by Zachary opened the top of the third. Zachary advanced to second base on Lou Brock’s ground out to second baseman Ken Boswell and came around to score on a single by Matty Alou. Seaver got Jose Cruz to hit a grounder to first baseman Kranepool for an inning-ending double play. Zachary then surrendered only a walk to Dyer in the bottom half.

Ted Simmons hit a one-out double in the top of the fourth. Luis Melendez went down on strikes and Ted Sizemore doubled to drive home Simmons for a 2-0 Cardinals lead. Seaver struck out Dal Maxvill to end the inning and Cleon Jones hit a double with two outs in the bottom half. Kranepool singled to score Jones with the Mets’ first run of the game. On his own hit, Ed was out at second base via a throw by right fielder Melendez to shortstop Maxvill to finish off the inning.

Seaver and Zachary each hurled one-hit scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the eighth. Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella yielded just a single to Joe Torre in the top of the ninth. With one out in the bottom half, Tommie Agee hit a single against Zachary. Jones singled to send pinch-runner Don Hahn to third base and Frank Linzy came in to pitch for St. Louis. Kranepool greeted Linzy with a single that scored Hahn and tied the game at 2-2. Dave Marshall was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Brock. Dyer came to bat and delivered a single to drive home Jones with the winning run. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.