June 21, 1974: Milner and Staub Slug Phillies

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Date: June 21, 1974
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): John Milner, Rusty Staub
Key play: Milner’s and Staub’s home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The game featured the two previous National League Cy Young Award winners (Tom Seaver and the Phils’ Steve Carlton) as the starting pitchers. John Milner and Rusty Staub hit a total of three home runs as the Mets came out with a 3-1 win.

Seaver and Carlton each hurled scoreless ball over the first three innings. In the top of the fourth, Staub popped out to third baseman Mike Schmidt and a strikeout of Cleon Jones ensued. Milner homered to put the Mets ahead, 1-0. Carlton walked Don Hahn and gave up singles to Jerry Grote and Ken Boswell to load the bases. Seaver hit a ground ball to shortstop Larry Bowa to end the inning. The Phillies had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom half. Seaver then retired Mike Anderson on a force play grounder to shortstop Wayne Garrett for the third out.

Carlton set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth inning. Seaver yielded only a single to Dave Cash in a scoreless bottom half. With one out in the top of the sixth, Milner hit his second homer to extend the Mets’ lead to two runs. Carlton struck out Hahn and issued a walk to Grote. Boswell hit a ground ball to second baseman Cash for an inning-ending force play. Mets’ reliever Bob Miller then retired all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom half.

Carlton pitched a perfect top of the seventh inning. Miller limited the Phils to a double by Anderson in the bottom half. Staub began the top of the eighth with a home run off Phillies’ reliever Mac Scarce. Jones and Milner struck out and Hahn grounded out to Cash to end the inning. Miller shut down the Phils in the bottom half. Scarce then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.

Del Unser and Tommy Hutton opened the bottom of the ninth inning with back-to-back singles off Miller. Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw came in to pitch and got Anderson to ground into a double play. Bob Boone drew a walk and pinch-hitter Bill Robinson singled to score Unser. McGraw then retired Cash on a game-ending fly ball to center fielder Hahn. The Mets had a victory on solid pitching and three solo home runs.