June 8, 1974: Mets Beat Astros in 14 Innings
|Date: June 8, 1974|
|Mets starter: Jon Matlack|
|Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki|
|Key player(s): Wayne Garrett, John Milner|
|Key play: Mets' run in 14th|
The Mets faced the Astros on a Saturday night in Houston. The teams played a game that lasted three-hour and 47-minutes. The Mets came away with a 6-5 win in 14 innings.
The Astros scored twice against Mets' starter Jon Matlack in the bottom of the first inning. Greg Gross led off with a walk and Roger Metzger followed with a double. Cesar Cedeno's sacrifice fly scored Gross with the first run of the game and Lee May's two-out single brought home Metzger. Matlack then struck out Cliff Johnson to end the inning.
Houston starter Dave Roberts walked John Milner to lead off the top of the second. Don Hahn followed with a single and Duffy Dyer walked to load the bases with none out. Wayne Garrett hit a force play grounder on which Milner crossed the plate. Matlack hit a sacrifice fly to score Hahn and tie the game. Roberts followed up by getting Bud Harrelson to hit into a force play for the final out of the inning. The Astros then took a 3-2 lead in the bottom half when Roberts tripled with two out and came home on a single by Gross.
From the third inning to the fifth, Matlack and Roberts each pitched scoreless ball without a hit. Roberts shut down the Mets after Milner's single in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, Houston failed to score despite loading the bases against Matlack. The Mets then tied the game when Garrett scored on Harrelson's double play grounder in the top of the seventh.
After Matlack shut down the Astros in the bottom of the seventh, Fred Scherman took the mound for Houston in the eighth. Scherman issued a leadoff walk to Rusty Staub and retired Milner on an infield pop-up. Hahn doubled to score Staub and put the Mets ahead, 4-3. The Astros retied the game on Johnson's home run off Matlack with two-out in the bottom of the inning. Mets' reliever Bob Miller got Tommy Helms on a fly ball to center fielder Hahn for the third out.
Scherman and Miller each pitched a scoreless ninth to send the game into extra innings. In the tenth and eleventh, Ken Forsch and Mike Cosgrove shut down the Mets while Bob Apodaca held Houston without a run. The Mets took a one-run lead against reliever Jerry Johnson when shortstop Metzger misplayed Ed Kranepool's ground ball that allowed Milner to score in the top of the twelfth. The Astros tied it again in the bottom half when Mets' reliever Ray Sadecki made an error on which Larry Milbourne came home.
Following a perfectly-pitched 13th inning by Johnson and Sadecki, Houston reliever Jim York retired Staub to start the top of the 14th. Milner followed with a double and Hahn was given an intentional walk. Sadecki singled to load the bases and Garrett stepped up to the plate. Wayne hit a force play grounder to Metzger on which Milner scored to put the Mets in front. York then got Jerry Grote to fly out to center fielder Cedeno, ending the inning.
Sadecki set down the first two Astros hitters and walked Bob Watson in the bottom of the 14th inning. Pinch-hitter Mike Easler grounded out to first baseman Milner for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory after nearly four hours of baseball.