May 10, 1972: Martinez's Single in 14th Beats Dodgers

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Date: May 10, 1972
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Rusty Staub, Bud Harrelson, Ted Martinez
Key play: Staub’s home run, Harrelson’s stolen base, Martinez’s single in 14th

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. In the 14th inning, Ted Martinez singled to drive in the winning run for a 4-3 Mets victory over Los Angeles.

Wes Parker and Manny Mota got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the first. Willie Davis reached on third baseman Jim Fregosi’s error and a single by Frank Robinson brought home Parker with the first run of the game. Mets’ starter Jon Matlack retired the next three batters to close out the inning and the Dodgers’ Al Downing set down the first two hitters in the bottom half. Tommie Agee reached on an error by second baseman Jim Lefebvre. Rusty Staub then hit a single on which Agee was out via a throw by center fielder Davis to third baseman Steve Garvey to end the inning.

Maury Wills singled to open the top of the second. Downing was struck out and Wills stole second base. Parker hit a single to score Wills for a 2-0 Los Angeles lead. Mota flied out to center fielder Agee and a pop-up by Davis was caught by second baseman Martinez for the inning’s third out. Downing then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Leading off the top of the third, Robinson homered to extend the Dodgers’ lead to three runs. Matlack retired the next three hitters and drew a walk with one out in the bottom of the inning. Bud Harrelson walked and Martinez’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Agee singled to bring home Matlack with the Mets’ first run of the game. Downing then got Staub to ground out to Lefebvre and end the inning.

Following a scoreless fourth, Matlack set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Harrelson singled to lead off the bottom half. Martinez flied out to right fielder Robinson and a walk to Agee ensued. Staub hit a single to drive home Harrelson and reduce the Dodgers’ lead to 3-2. Downing then threw a called third strike past Cleon Jones and got Fregosi on a ground ball back to the mound to finish off the inning.

Matlack and Downing each hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Jon yielded just a single to Garvey in the top of the eighth. To begin the bottom half, Staub homered to tie the game at 3-3. Jones was retired on a grounder to shortstop Wills. Fregosi popped out to Wills and a single by Jim Beauchamp followed. Downing retired Jerry Grote on a fly ball to Davis that closed out the inning and Matlack pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Los Angeles reliever Jim Brewer then retired the side in order in the bottom half to send the game onward.

Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw hurled scoreless and hitless 10th and 11th innings. Brewer responded with a pair of perfect bottom halves and Tug set down the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the top of the 12th. Martinez got a two-out single against Los Angeles’s Pete Mikkelsen in the bottom of the inning. A balk sent Martinez to second base and Agee drew a walk. Staub grounded out to Wills to end the inning and McGraw gave up only a single to Davis in the top of the 13th. Mikkelsen then hurled a perfect bottom half.

McGraw shut down the Dodgers in the top of the 14th. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Harrelson singled and stole second base. Bud moved to third on Mikkelsen’s wild pitch. Martinez followed with a single to score Harrelson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.

Notes

  • This was Beauchamp’s last game in which he wore uniform #24. One day later, the Mets acquired Willie Mays in a trade and Jim switched to #5.