June 14, 1965: Lewis's Homer Ends No-Hitter

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Date: June 14, 1965
Mets starter: Frank Lary
Mets: 1
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Larry Bearnarth
Key player(s): Jim Maloney, Frank Lary, Johnny Lewis
Key play: Lewis's home run in 11th

On a Monday night at Cincinnati's Crosley Field, Frank Lary squared off against Reds' pitching ace Jim Maloney. For ten innings, Lary and reliever Larry Bearnarth held the Reds scoreless while Maloney allowed neither a run nor hit to the Mets. In the end, the Mets emerged with a 1-0 win on Johnny Lewis's home run in the eleventh inning.

In ten innings of no-hit ball against the Mets, Maloney had 17 strikeouts in facing only 31 batters. Meanwhile, Lary allowed only five hits in eight innings with no more than one Cincinnati runner on base in any inning. Bearnarth chipped in with scoreless ninth and tenth innings.

In the tenth, the Reds had a chance to win it against Bearnarth. Chico Ruiz was on second base with one out and Maloney at bat. Hoping to win his own game - and ensure his no-hitter - Maloney swung away and grounded out, moving Ruiz to third. Bearnarth then got Tommy Harper to ground out to end the inning.

In the top of the eleventh, Lewis led off with a home run for the first hit off Maloney, giving the Mets the lead. After Ron Swoboda struck out (Maloney's 18th of the game), Roy McMillan singled for the Mets' second hit. Jesse Gonder then hit into a double play.

Bearnarth shut down the Reds in the bottom of the eleventh. The Mets came up with a victory, despite having only two more than the minimum number of plate appearances and striking out eighteen times.

Notes

  • This was the first of two games in 1965 in which Maloney kept a team hitless for ten innings. On August 19, he completed a no-hitter against the Cubs that the Reds won on a home run by Leo Cardenas in the tenth inning.