June 15, 1973: Garrett's Homer Beats Padres

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Date: June 15, 1973
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 5
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Wayne Garrett, Jon Matlack
Key play: Garrett's home run in 8th

The Mets began a three-game series with the Padres at Shea Stadium on a Friday night. Jon Matlack pitched a complete game six-hitter while striking out seven batters. On a home run by Wayne Garrett in the eighth inning, the Mets grabbed a 5-2 win.

In the bottom of the first, the Mets loaded the bases with none out against San Diego starter Steve Arlin. John Milner hit into a force play the scored Willie Mays from third base to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Ed Kranepool followed with a solid line drive directly to first baseman Nate Colbert, who then stepped on the base to complete an inning-ending double play.

Matlack held to Padres scoreless on one hit through the third inning. In the fourth, Jerry Morales singled and advanced to third on a ground out and a fly ball. Morales then scored on Cito Gaston's single to tie the game. Matlack then got Fred Kendall for an inning-ending force play grounder. In the bottom of the inning, the Mets retook the lead when Jim Fregosi hit a one-out triple and came home on a sacrifice fly by Ron Hodges.

Neither team scored in the fifth and sixth innings. In the top of the seventh, Gaston led off with a home run off Matlack to tie the game, 2-2. Jon then walked Derrell Thomas, but retired the next three Padre batters and also pitched a scoreless eighth.

Milner singled off Arlin with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kranepool also got a single on which Milner went around to third base. Garrett then hit a three-run homer over the right field fence to put the Mets ahead. The inning ended when Matlack was struck out by San Diego reliever Rich Troedson.

In the ninth, Matlack gave up a single to Kendall with two out. He then got Thomas to fly out to center fielder Don Hahn to end the game. The Mets started the weekend series with a victory.