June 5, 1966: Mets Defeat Dodgers for DH Split

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Date: June 5, 1966
Mets starter: Dennis Ribant
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Larry Bearnarth
Key player(s): Roy McMillan, Ken Boyer
Key play: McMillan’s single, Perranoski’s wild pitch

The Mets faced the Dodgers in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After losing the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets were in search of a split in the second game. The Mets scored a run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over Los Angeles.

Dennis Ribant and the Dodgers’ Joe Moeller each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Leading off the top of the fourth, Wes Parker homered for the first run of the game. Willie Davis hit a double and advanced to third base on Tommy Davis’s ground out to Ribant. Jim Lefebvre followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Willie Davis for a 2-0 Los Angeles lead. Consecutive singles by Al Ferrara and John Roseboro ensued. Ribant got John Kennedy to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Roy McMillan for the inning’s third out. Moeller then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Ribant hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Ed Kranepool doubled to left field. McMillan hit a single to score Kranepool and moved to second base on a throw to the plate. Jerry Grote flied out to left fielder Tommy Davis and a single by Ribant followed. On the hit, center fielder Willie Davis made an error that allowed McMillan to come home and tie the game at 2-2. Moeller then hit Chuck Hiller with a pitch and retired Ron Hunt on a grounder to shortstop Maury Wills that closed out the inning.

Ribant yielded only a double to Tommy Davis in the top of the sixth. Moeller hit Al Luplow with a pitch to begin the bottom half. Ken Boyer singled and Dodgers’ reliever Bob Miller got Cleon Jones on a ground ball to Wills for a double play. Kranepool grounded out to second baseman Lefebvre to end the inning and Kennedy hit a leadoff single against Ribant in the top of the seventh. Miller went down on strikes and Wills grounded out to second baseman Hunt. Parker drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Larry Bearnarth struck out Willie Davis to finish off the inning. Miller then held the Mets to a single by Grote in the bottom half.

Tommy Davis doubled to open the top of the eighth. Lefebvre’s sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Lou Johnson to third base and Ferrara grounded out to third baseman Boyer. Roseboro was given an intentional walk and pinch-hitter Jim Gilliam was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Jones. Los Angeles reliever Ron Perranoski retired the side on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half. Bearnarth then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Boyer hit a single to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. A sacrifice bunt by Jones sent Boyer to second base and pinch-hitter Dick Stuart was given an intentional walk. McMillan flied out to Willie Davis and an infield single by Grote loaded the bases. With pinch-hitter Ed Bressoud at bat, Perranoski threw a wild pitch to bring home Boyer with the winning run. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.