May 11, 1975: Mets Beat Reds to End Skid
|Date: May 11, 1975|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Rusty Staub, Mike Phillips, John Milner|
|Key play: Milner's home run, Phillips' relay throw, Staub's single in 8th|
The Mets played the Reds on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams concluded a three-game series on Mother's Day. Tom Seaver pitched a complete game as the Mets defeated Cincinnati, 3-2, to end a six-game losing streak.
In the top of the first inning, Pete Rose homered off Seaver to give the Reds a quick 1-0 lead. Ken Griffey followed with a double and moved to third base on Joe Morgan's ground out. Seaver struck out Johnny Bench and gave up a single to Dan Driessen that scored Griffey for the second Cincinnati run. Tom fanned Tony Perez to end the inning and the Mets were retired in order by Reds' starter Jack Billingham in the bottom half.
Seaver pitched a scoreless top of the second inning. The Mets scored in the bottom half when John Milner hit a solo home run with two outs. In the third, Seaver and Billingham each retired the side in order and Tom did so again in the top of the fourth. The Mets tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the inning when Del Unser came home on Milner's force play grounder.
From the fifth inning to the seventh, Seaver and Billingham each pitched shutout ball. Seaver allowed a one-out single to Billingham in the fifth and followed up be getting Rose for an inning-ending double play. Tom set down Cincinnati with six straight ground ball outs in the sixth and seventh. Billingham issued a fifth-inning walk to Mike Phillips and a single to Rusty Staub in the sixth before pitching a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh.
Rose walked with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. Griffey followed with a double on which Pete tried to score. Shortstop Phillips took a throw from center fielder Unser and made a perfect relay to the plate. Rose was tagged out by catcher Jerry Grote to end the inning.
Phillips began the bottom of the eighth with a single off Billingham. Felix Millan was called out for interference on his own bunt and Unser singled. Facing Reds' reliever Will McEnaney, Staub hit a single to right field on which Phillips scored from second base to put the Mets ahead by a run. McEnaney then got Joe Torre to hit into a double play for the inning's final outs.
In the ninth, Seaver retired Morgan on a grounder to second baseman Millan. He got Bench to fly out to right fielder Staub. Tom then got Driessen on strikes for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to end their six-game skid.