June 6, 1974: Comeback Win Over Reds

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Date: June 6, 1974
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 4
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki
Key player(s): Cleon Jones, John Milner
Key play: Jones’ single, Milner’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind for a 4-3 win over Cincinnati.

After a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter Tom Seaver shut down the Reds in the top of the second. John Milner singled against Cincinnati’s Roger Nelson to lead off the bottom half. Milner advanced to third base on Dave Schneck’s single and scored as Wayne Garrett grounded to second baseman Darrel Chaney for a double play. Jerry Grote hit a single and Nelson retired Seaver on a ground ball to third baseman Johnny Bench to end the inning.

Pete Rose singled to lead off the top of the third. Dave Concepcion flied out to right fielder Rusty Staub and a double by Bench drove home Rose with the tying run. Seaver retired the next two batters to close out the inning and Cleon Jones drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Staub reached on shortstop Concepcion’s error that advanced Jones to third base. Nelson then retired Milner on a fly ball to center fielder Cesar Geronimo for the inning’s third out.

Following a scoreless fourth, Nelson drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth. Rose tripled to score Nelson and came home on Concepcion’s single for a 3-1 Reds lead. Concepcion went to second base on a balk before being caught by Seaver’s pickoff throw to second baseman Felix Millan for an out. Bench went down on strikes and Dan Driessen was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Schneck. Nelson then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Seaver yielded only a single to Terry Crowley in the top of the sixth. Nelson set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Seaver hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool singled against Nelson with two outs in the bottom half. Bud Harrelson hit a single and Millan singled to load the bases. Jones followed with a single that plated pinch-runner Ted Martinez and Harrelson, tying the game at 3-3. Cincinnati reliever Pedro Borbon then retired Staub on a grounder to first baseman Driessen to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Ray Sadecki gave up only a single to pinch-hitter George Foster in the top of the eight. Leading off the bottom half, Milner homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Schneck was retired on a pop-up to Concepcion. Garrett reached on Chaney’s error and Borbon got Grote to hit a ground ball to Bench for an inning-ending double play. Pinch-hitter Phil Gagliano drew a walk to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-runner Joe Morgan stole second base and pinch-hitter Tony Perez was struck out. Sadecki then retired Rose and Concepcion on consecutive fly balls to center fielder Don Hahn for the game’s final outs. The Mets had a comeback victory.