July 9, 1973: Beauchamp's and Millan's Singles Beat Astros
|Date: July 9, 1973|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Harry Parker|
|Key player(s): Harry Parker, Jim Beauchamp, Felix Millan|
|Key play: Beauchamp’s and Millan’s singles|
The Mets faced the Astros on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Jim Beauchamp and Felix Millan came through with run-scoring singles to give the Mets a 2-1 win over Houston in 12 innings.
Tom Seaver and the Astros’ Don Wilson each pitched four-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. The pitchers combined for eleven strikeouts and issued only one walk apiece. Leading off the top of the seventh, Lee May hit a home run for a 1-0 Houston lead. Tommy Helms grounded out to shortstop Bud Harrelson and a strikeout of Skip Jutze followed. Seaver fanned Wilson to close out the inning and John Milner drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Ron Hodges went down on strikes and Harrelson grounded out to second baseman Helms. Wilson then retired pinch-hitter Ken Boswell on a fly ball to left fielder Bob Watson for the inning’s third out.
Mets’ reliever Buzz Capra hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Wilson set down the Mets in order in the bottom half and Capra retired all three Astros hitters in the top of the ninth. Rusty Staub singled to open the bottom of the inning. Ed Kranepool hit a force play ground ball back to Wilson, who followed up with a strikeout of Milner. Hodges hit a single to advance pinch-runner Ted Martinez to third base. Pinch-hitter Beauchamp singled to bring home Martinez and tie the game at 1-1. Pinch-hitter Willie Mays drew a walk that loaded the bases. Wilson then struck out Wayne Garrett to end the inning and send the game onward.
Mets’ reliever Harry Parker fanned both Jutze and Wilson to start the top of the 10th. Jimmy Wynn hit a single and Roger Metzger reached on an error by shortstop Martinez. Bob Gallagher grounded out to second baseman Millan to finish off the inning and Wilson hurled a perfect bottom half. Parker shut down the Astros in the top of the 11th. Wilson then set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.
Parker retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the 12th. Mays got a one-out single against Houston reliever Jim York in the bottom half. Garrett grounded out to third baseman Doug Rader to send Mays to second base. Millan followed with a single to drive home Mays and end the game. The Mets had come away with a victory in extra innings.