June 13, 1971: Mets Beat Giants in 10 Innings

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Date: June 13, 1971
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 5
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Ken Singleton, Bud Harrelson
Key play: Singleton’s homer and sacrifice fly, Harrelson’s double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets avoided a sweep of the series with a 5-4 win in ten innings over San Francisco.

Mets’ starter Gary Gentry issued a walk to Bobby Bonds to begin the top of the first inning. Bonds advanced to second base on a single by Chris Speier and to third after Willie Mays’ foul pop-up was caught by first baseman Ed Kranepool. Gentry struck out Ken Henderson and gave up a single to Tito Fuentes that brought home Bonds. Gary fanned Bernie Williams for the final out of the inning. Giants’ starter Juan Marichal then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Gentry set down the Giants in order in the top of the second. Ken Boswell singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Ken Singleton followed with a home run to put the Mets in front. Bob Aspromonte singled and Duffy Dyer flied out to center fielder Bonds. Gentry reached base on an error by first baseman Mays. On the play, Aspromonte was caught in a rundown and tagged out by shortstop Speier as Gentry moved to second. A single by Don Hahn scored Gentry to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1. With Bud Harrelson at bat, Marichal picked off Hahn with a throw to Mays for the third out.

Gentry and Marichal each pitched a scoreless third inning. Henderson homered to open the top of the fourth. Fuentes followed with a triple and scored on a single by Williams to tie the game. Williams was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Dyer to shortstop Harrelson. Russ Gibson was retired on a foul pop-up to Dyer. Gentry then got Hal Lanier to ground out to Harrelson and end the inning.

Singleton began the bottom of the fourth with a single to center field. An ensuing single by Aspromonte advanced Singleton to third base. Dyer hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Singleton and reclaim a one-run lead for the Mets. Gentry’s sacrifice bunt moved Aspromonte to second. Hahn flied out to right fielder Henderson to finish off the inning and Marichal was called out on strikes to begin the top of the fifth. Bonds followed with a home run to tie the game at 4-4. Jim McAndrew came in to pitch for the Mets and completed the inning with no further scoring. Marichal then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

McAndrew and Marichal each hurled scoreless and hitless ball in the sixth and seventh innings. Mets’ reliever Danny Frisella shut down the Giants in the top of the eighth. Harrelson singled against San Francisco’s John Cumberland to lead off the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Al Weis popped out to Mays. With Kranepool at bat, Harrelson moved to third base on an error by Speier after a pickoff throw. Cumberland responded with a strikeout of Kranepool. Giants’ reliever Jerry Johnson then got pinch-hitter Donn Clendenon on an inning-ending fly ball to Henderson.

Frisella pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Singleton drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Aspromonte’s sacrifice bunt advanced Singleton to second base and Dyer was given an intentional walk. San Francisco reliever Steve Hamilton retired pinch-hitter Jerry Grote and Hahn on consecutive pop-ups to second baseman Fuentes to close out the inning. Against the Mets’ Tug McGraw in the top of the 10th, Speier got a two-out triple and Mays walked intentionally. McGraw then got Henderson to fly out to left fielder Kranepool (who had shifted from first) and end the inning.

Harrelson hit a double to start the bottom of the 10th. Weis received an intentional walk and Kranepool’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Hamilton issued an intentional walk to Clendenon to load the bases. Singleton then hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Harrelson with the winning run. The Mets had a victory to end the weekend series.