June 12, 1970: Agee and Jorgensen Slug Braves

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Date: June 12, 1970
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 8
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Tommie Agee, Art Shamsky, Mike Jorgensen
Key play: Agee’s two homers, Shamsky’s single and sacrifice fly, Jorgensen’s home run

The Mets faced the Braves on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Tommie Agee and Mike Jorgensen combined for three home runs in an 8-1 Mets win over Atlanta.

Gary Gentry and the Braves’ Phil Niekro each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. Gentry surrendered only a walk to Rico Carty in the top of the fourth. Agee homered to lead off the bottom half. Bud Harrelson flied out to center fielder Tony Gonzalez and a single by Cleon Jones followed. Jones stole second base and Art Shamsky grounded out to shortstop Gil Garrido. Dave Marshall singled to score Jones for a 2-0 Mets lead. Marshall stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Niekro then walked Ken Boswell and retired Wayne Garrett on a grounder to Garrido that ended the inning.

Gentry hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom half, Agee singled and stole second base. Tommie moved to third on a passed ball and came home on a single by Harrelson. Jones reached on an error by third baseman Clete Boyer. Shamsky hit a single that scored Harrelson and increased the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Niekro then retired Marshall on a fly ball to Gonzalez for the inning’s final out.

Hank Aaron singled to lead off the top of the sixth. Carty followed with a ground ball to second baseman Boswell for a double play. Orlando Cepeda homered for the first Atlanta run of the game. Gonzalez hit a single and Gentry retired Boyer on an inning-ending foul pop-up to catcher Jerry Grote. A double by Boswell opened the bottom half. Ken advanced to third base on Garrett’s ground out to second baseman Felix Millan. On Grote’s ensuing bunt, catcher Bob Tillman tagged Boswell for an out at the plate. Niekro then got Gentry to ground out to Garrido and end the inning.

Gentry shut down the Braves in the top of the seventh. Agee got an infield single against Atlanta reliever Larry Jaster to begin the bottom half. Tommie went to second base on Harrelson’s sacrifice bunt and to third on an infield single by Jones. Shamsky followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Agee with the Mets’ fifth run. Jaster then retired Marshall on a fly ball to right fielder Aaron to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor gave up just a double to Aaron in the top of the eighth. Garrett got a one-out single in the bottom half. Grote flied out to Gonzalez and a two-run homer by Jorgensen extended the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Agee followed with his second homer (and fourth hit) for the eighth New York run of the game. Jaster then got Harrelson to fly out to Gonzalez and finish off the inning.

Boyer went down on strikes to begin the top of the ninth. Hal King was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Agee. Taylor then got pinch-hitter Bob Aspromonte to foul out to first baseman Jorgensen and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to open the weekend series.