July 28, 1974: Mets Win with Three Runs in 8th

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Date: July 28, 1974
Mets starter: Harry Parker
Mets: 4
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Ted Martinez, Ken Boswell, Tug McGraw
Key play: Boswell’s double, Martinez’s two-run single

The Mets and Expos faced each other on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams concluded a two-game set in the first weekend after the All-Star break. The Mets scored three runs in the eighth inning to come up with a 4-1 win over Montreal.

Harry Parker and the Expos’ Ernie McAnally each pitched a perfect first inning. In the top of the second, Mike Jorgensen led off with a double to right field. Bob Bailey followed with a single to score Jorgensen for the first run of the game. Barry Foote hit into a force play and stole second base. Parker then struck out Tim Foli to end the inning.

McAnally walked Ed Kranepool with one out in the bottom of the second. Ken Boswell singled to left field and Don Hahn struck out. An ensuing single by Ted Martinez brought home Kranepool to tie the game at 1-1. Parker then hit a grounder back to McAnally for the third out.

From the third inning to the seventh, Parker and McAnally hurled shutout ball. Harry yielded four Montreal hits while recording four strikeouts and a pair of double play grounders. McAnally held the Mets to three singles and fanned three batters. The teams had a combined total of eight runners left on base during the five-inning stint. Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw then retired the Expos 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth.

The Mets had runners at first and third base with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ken Boswell hit a double to left field that scored Bud Harrelson and moved Cleon Jones to third. For Montreal, John Montague relieved McAnally and issued an intentional walk to Hahn. Martinez followed with a single, bringing home Jones and Boswell for a three-run Mets lead. Trying to advance to third on the hit, Hahn was tagged out by Expos’ shortstop Foli. Montague then struck out McGraw to end the inning.

McGraw set down Ken Singleton and Jorgensen on fly balls to center fielder Hahn to begin the top of the ninth. Tug then retired Bailey on a pop-up to second baseman Martinez for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory on the strength of a three-run eighth inning. For McGraw, the win was his first of the season.