June 20, 1965: Mets Beat Dodgers for DH Split

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Date: June 20, 1965
Mets starter: Frank Lary
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Larry Miller
Key player(s): Roy McMillan, Chris Cannizzaro, Charley Smith, Larry Miller
Key play: McMillan’s and Cannizzaro’s singles, McMillan’s squeeze bunt

The Mets faced the Dodgers in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. After dropping the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. A tie-breaking run in the eighth inning gave the Mets a 3-2 win.

Frank Lary and the Dodgers’ Don Drysdale each pitched three-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Charley Smith got a one-out double in the top of the sixth. Smith advanced to third base on a passed ball and Jim Hickman drew a walk. Roy McMillan singled to drive home Smith with the first run of the game. Chris Cannizzaro followed with a single to score Hickman and extend the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Lary was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Jim Lefebvre. Drysdale then got Chuck Hiller to ground out to Lefebvre and end the inning.

Wes Parker and Ron Fairly got back-to-back singles against Lary with one out in the bottom of the sixth. John Roseboro singled to score Parker and send Fairly to third base. Mets’ reliever Larry Miller retired Lefebvre on a fly ball to right fielder Johnny Lewis, after which Fairly came home to tie the game at 2-2. Al Ferrara popped out to shortstop McMillan to finish off the inning and Drysdale retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Miller then yielded just a single to Dick Tracewski in the bottom half.

Smith hit a single to begin the top of the eighth. Hickman followed with a double to advance Smith to third base. On a squeeze play, McMillan’s sacrifice bunt plated Smith and put the Mets ahead by a run. Cannizzaro was retired on a foul fly ball to right fielder Ferrara. Miller took a called third strike to close out the inning and set down the Dodgers on three consecutive infield ground balls in the bottom half. Drysdale then yielded only a single to Hiller in the top of the ninth.

Roseboro grounded out to first baseman Ed Kranepool to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Lefebvre flied out to center fielder Billy Cowan and a single by Ferrara ensued. Miller then got Tracewski on a fly ball to Cowan for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.

Notes

  • The win for Miller was his only one as a Mets pitcher.