June 17, 1975: Three Runs in 11th Give Mets Split

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Date: June 17, 1975
Mets starter: Randy Tate
Mets: 5
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Harry Parker
Key player(s): Jesus Alou, Mike Phillips, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Alou’s single, Phillips’ triple, Garrett’s single

The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening in Montreal. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at Jarry Park, the Mets aimed for a split in the nightcap. Three runs in the 11th inning produced a 5-2 win for the Mets.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Expos’ starter Steve Rogers in the top of the first. New York’s Randy Tate pitched a scoreless bottom half and Rogers set down the side in order in the top of the second. Tate hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Rogers retired all three batters in the top of the third. With two outs in the bottom half, Pepe Mangual homered for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Tate then got Larry Lintz on a fly ball to right fielder Rusty Staub for the inning’s third out.

Rogers yielded only a double to Staub in the top of the fourth. Mike Jorgensen singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Jorgensen advanced to second base on Larry Biittner’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a double by Pat Scanlon. Gary Carter drew a walk and Tim Foli grounded out to second baseman Felix Millan. An intentional walk to Barry Foote loaded the bases. Tate then retired Rogers on a pop-up to first baseman Ed Kranepool to finish off the inning.

Rogers and Tate each pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth. Kranepool hit a single to open the top of the seventh. John Milner went down on strikes and Mike Phillips singled to right field. John Stearns grounded out to third baseman Scanlon to advance the runners to second and third base. Pinch-hitter Jesus Alou hit a single to drive home Kranepool and Phillips, tying the game at 2-2. Rogers got Wayne Garrett on an inning-ending force play ground ball to shortstop Foli. Mets’ reliever Tom Hall then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Expos’ reliever Don DeMola retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Bob Bailey singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Larry Parrish hit a single and Carter drew a walk to load the bases. Hall got Foli on a force play grounder to shortstop Phillips to end the inning and Milner hit a one-out single in the top of the ninth. Phillips reached on catcher Foote’s interference and Stearns hit a force play ground ball to Foli. DeMola struck out pinch-hitter Cleon Jones to end the inning and Mangual drew a two-out walk against the Mets’ Harry Parker in the bottom half. Pete Mackanin hit a single to left field. Parker then got Jorgensen on a grounder to Millan to close out the inning and send the game onward.

Montreal reliever Chuck Taylor pitched a scoreless top of the 10th. Bailey drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Parrish’s sacrifice bunt moved Bailey to second base and Carter was given an intentional walk. With Foli at bat, Bailey was caught stealing on catcher Stearns’ throw to third baseman Garrett. Foli walked and Foote grounded out to Kranepool to end the inning.

Taylor fanned both Staub and Kranepool to begin the top of the 11th. Milner drew a walk and came around to score on a triple by Phillips. Stearns was walked intentionally and stole second base. Parker walked to load the bases and Garrett singled to drive home Phillips and Stearns for a three-run Mets lead. Taylor then got Millan to hit a force play ground ball to Foli for the inning’s final out.

Leading off the bottom of the 11th, pinch-hitter Tony Scott flied out to center fielder Del Unser. Mangual was also retired on a fly ball to Unser. Parker then threw a called third strike past Mackanin to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.