June 21, 1965: Cowan's Homer in 9th Beats Dodgers
|Date: June 21, 1965|
|Mets starter: Al Jackson|
|Winning pitcher: Al Jackson|
|Key player(s): Billy Cowan, Al Jackson|
|Key play: Cowan's home run|
The Mets faced the Dodgers in Los Angeles on a Monday night. It was a mound duel as Al Jackson and the Dodgers' Claude Osteen both pitched complete games and surrendered a combined total of five hits. The Mets came away with a 1-0 win on a home run by Billy Cowan in the ninth inning.
Osteen faced the minimum of 15 Mets batters over the first five innings. Jim Hickman drew a walk in the second inning, but was out on Danny Napoleon's double play grounder. Meanwhile, Jackson kept the Dodgers scoreless while giving up only one hit.
Bobby Klaus walked to begin the top of the sixth inning. Bobby stole second base and went to third on Dodger catcher Jeff Torborg's throwing error. Klaus was later thrown out at home on Cowan's fielder's choice grounder and the Mets didn't score. Jackson then retired the Dodgers in the bottom half, allowing only a single to Wes Parker.
Joe Christopher led off the seventh inning with a bunt single for the Mets' first hit of the game. An error by Osteen on Charley Smith's bunt put runners on first and second base with none out. However, Hickman hit into a double play and Napoleon lined out to center field to keep the Mets scoreless. In the bottom of the inning, Jackson set down the Dodgers in order and gave up just a single to Osteen in the eighth.
Leading off the ninth, Cowan homered for the Mets' second hit off Osteen to give them a lead. The next three batters were retired and Jackson took the mound for the bottom half. Al pitched a 1-2-3 inning to end the game. The Mets had a victory in a tough battle of pitchers.