June 3, 1965: Six-Run 4th Leads Mets Over Pirates

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Date: June 3, 1965
Mets starter: Galen Cisco
Mets: 8
Pirates: 6
Winning pitcher: Galen Cisco
Key player(s): Galen Cisco, Ed Kranepool, Joe Christopher
Key play: Cisco’s two singles, Kranepool’s double, Christopher’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Thursday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the opener of a five-game series at Forbes Field. The Mets scored six runs in the fourth inning and came away with an 8-6 win.

Galen Cisco and the Bucs’ Joe Gibbon each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. To begin the top of the third, Roy McMillan singled and stole second base. Chris Cannizzaro was hit by a pitch and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. Cisco hit a single to score McMillan and move Cannizzaro to third. Bobby Klaus popped out to first baseman Donn Clendenon and a sacrifice fly by Ed Kranepool drove home Cannizzaro with the Mets’ second run. Gibbon retired Joe Christopher on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Roberto Clemente and the Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half. Cisco then got Clendenon to pop out to shortstop McMillan and retired Bill Mazeroski on a line drive to left fielder Ron Swoboda for the inning’s final out.

Charley Smith singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Gibbon set down the next two Mets batters and yielded a single to McMillan on which Smith advanced to third base. Cannizzaro drew a walk to load the bases and Cisco hit a single to bring home Smith. Pittsburgh reliever Tommie Sisk issued a walk to Klaus that forced home McMillan for a 4-0 Mets lead. Kranepool followed with a double to score Cannizzaro and Cisco. An ensuing single by Christopher plated Klaus and Kranepool with the Mets’ fifth and sixth runs of the inning and an 8-0 lead. Sisk gave up Smith’s second single of the inning and the Pirates’ Don Schwall fanned Swoboda for the third out. Cisco then shut down the Bucs in the bottom half.

Cisco and Pittsburgh’s Wilbur Wood each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. For the Pirates, reliever Frank Carpin hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Clemente hit a triple against Cisco to begin the bottom of the inning. Willie Stargell followed with a two-run homer and Clendenon singled against Mets’ reliever Larry Miller. Mazeroski hit a single and Andre Rodgers singled to drive home Clendenon. On Rodgers’ hit, right fielder Christopher made an error that advanced the runners to second and third base. Tom Parsons came in to pitch for New York and got Jim Pagliaroni on a fly ball to right fielder Johnny Lewis (who had just replaced Christopher) that drove home Mazeroski. Pinch-hitter Jerry Lynch followed with a home run for the Bucs’ fifth and sixth runs. Parsons then got Bob Bailey to ground out to McMillan and retired Bill Virdon on a grounder back to the mound to end the inning.

Pirates’ reliever Al McBean pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Clemente went down on strikes to begin the bottom half. Stargell was retired on a ground ball to McMillan. Parsons then got Clendenon to fly out to Lewis and end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the long weekend series.