June 5, 1975: Mets Complete Sweep of Astros

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Date: June 5, 1975
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 2
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Rusty Staub, Dave Kingman
Key play: Staub’s home run in 6th, Kingman’s single in 8th

The Mets faced the Astros on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the concluding game of a four-game series. The Mets finished off a sweep of the series with a 2-1 win over Houston.

Tom Seaver and Astros’ starter Tom Griffin pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Tommy Helms drew a walk with one out. An ensuing sacrifice bunt by Griffin advanced Helms to second base. Greg Gross hit a single that drove home Helms for a 1-0 Houston lead. Seaver retired Roger Metzger on a fly ball to left fielder Dave Kingman for the final out of the inning. Griffin then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Seaver pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Rusty Staub hit a home run to tie the game. Griffin got Ed Kranepool and Kingman on consecutive pop-ups to second baseman Helms for the inning’s final two outs. Seaver retired all three Astros hitters in the top of the seventh. Griffin held the Mets to a single by John Stearns in a scoreless bottom half. Seaver then set down the side in order in the top of the eighth.

Felix Millan opened the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to left field. Millan moved to second base on Joe Torre’s ground out to first baseman Bob Watson and an intentional walk to Staub ensued. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third and Kranepool was walked intentionally to load the bases. Kingman delivered a single to bring home Millan and put the Mets ahead by a run. Trying to score on the hit, Staub was out via a throw by left fielder Gross to catcher Milt May. Griffin then retired Mike Phillips on an inning-ending ground ball to Helms.

Cesar Cedeno flied out to left fielder Bob Gallagher to lead off the top of the ninth. Watson followed with a single to center field. May hit a force play grounder to second baseman Millan and a single by Jose Cruz followed. Seaver then struck out Doug Rader to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the four-game series.