May 13, 1966: Mets Beaten in 17th

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Date: May 13, 1966
Mets starter: Jack Hamilton
Mets: 4
Giants: 5
Winning pitcher: Bob Priddy
Key player(s): Jim Davenport, Willie Mays, Billy Murphy
Key play: Mays’ homer in 8th, Landrum’s throw in 11th, Davenport’s homer in 17th

The Mets and Giants played on the night of Friday the 13th. A crowd of 56,658 was on hand at Shea Stadium to see a four and one-half hour battle between the two teams. The game ended in a 5-4 San Francisco victory on Jim Davenport’s home run in the 17th inning.

The Mets scored three runs in the fourth inning against Ray Sadecki, making his Giants’ debut. Ron Hunt got a leadoff single and Cleon Jones reached first base on an error. Sadecki got the next two hitters out and Billy Murphy clouted a three-run homer. The Mets made it 4-0 in the sixth when Jones tripled and scored on a wild pitch by San Francisco reliever Ron Herbel.

Through the sixth, Jack Hamilton held the Giants scoreless on only three hits. He then walked Jim Ray Hart and gave up a two-run homer to Tom Haller in the seventh. The Giants got another run on a sacrifice fly by Cap Peterson off reliever Gordon Richardson. A home run by Willie Mays off Richardson in the eighth tied the game, 4-4.

In the bottom of the eleventh, the Mets had an opportunity to win it. Chuck Hiller got a leadoff single and reliever Frank Linzy mishandled Hunt’s sacrifice bunt. Linzy got the next two batters out and Ed Kranepool followed with a single to left. Hiller tried to score from second, but was thrown out at home by Giants’ left fielder Don Landrum.

The Mets got runners to third base in the twelfth and fourteenth innings, but failed to score. Meanwhile, relievers Dennis Ribant, Larry Bearnarth and Dave Eilers allowed a total of three hits over a combined eight shutout innings for New York. Eilers, starting his fifth inning, retired the first two batters in the top of the seventeenth. Davenport then homered to put San Francisco ahead. The Mets went down in order in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.