July 9, 1975: Staub's Homer in 10th Sweeps Braves
|Date: July 9, 1975|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Del Unser, Rusty Staub|
|Key play: Unser’s single in 4th, Staub’s homer in 10th|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Wednesday night in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Rusty Staub hit a home run in the 10th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win and a series sweep.
Braves’ starter Bruce Dal Canton pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Ralph Garr got an infield single to lead off the bottom half. Marty Perez flied out to left fielder Dave Kingman and a single by Darrell Evans ensued. On his own hit, Evans was out via a throw by Kingman to second baseman Felix Millan while Garr came around to score the game’s first run. Mets’ starter Tom Seaver then retired Dave May on a pop-up to shortstop Jack Heidemann that ended the inning.
After scoreless second and third innings, Staub singled to begin the top of the fourth. A wild pitch moved Rusty to second base and Kingman went down on strikes. Del Unser hit a single to drive home Staub and tie the game at 1-1. Dal Canton got Heidemann to ground out to third baseman Evans and retired Jerry Grote on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Mike Lum. Seaver then shut down the Braves in the bottom half.
Dal Canton set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. To open the bottom of the inning, Rowland Office singled and advanced to second base on an error by first baseman Joe Torre. Vic Correll hit a single and Dal Canton lined out to Millan. Garr drew a walk that loaded the bases. Seaver then got Perez to hit a ground ball to third baseman Wayne Garrett for a double play to close out the inning.
Dal Canton and Seaver each hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. With two outs in the top of the eighth, Torre singled against Atlanta reliever Tom House. Staub hit a single and Kingman grounded back to House to end the inning. Seaver hurled a perfect bottom half and Unser got a bunt single to lead off the top of the ninth. Heidemann’s sacrifice bunt moved Unser to second base and an intentional walk to Grote followed. House retired the next two Mets batters to finish off the inning and Larvell Blanks got a one-out single in the bottom half. Office singled and pinch-hitter Dusty Baker was struck out. Seaver then retired pinch-hitter Earl Williams on a pop-up to third baseman Torre (who had shifted from first) to send the game into extra innings.
To begin the top of the 10th, Millan singled against Braves’ reliever Max Leon. Torre hit a ground ball to second baseman Perez for a double play and Staub came to bat. Rusty homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Leon then issued a walk to Kingman and got Unser on a force play grounder to Perez for the inning’s final out.
Garr popped out to Heidemann to start the bottom of the 10th. Perez was retired on a foul pop-up to catcher Grote. Seaver then got Evans to line out to left fielder Gene Clines and end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory and a sweep of the three-game series.