May 13, 1973: Beauchamp's Singles Lift Mets Over Pirates

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Date: May 13, 1973
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 6
Pirates: 4
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim Beauchamp
Key play: Beauchamp’s singles in 4th and 5th

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Jim Beauchamp had a pair of two-run singles to lead the Mets to a series-sweeping 6-4 win over the Bucs.

Jim McAndrew and the Pirates’ Luke Walker each pitched scoreless ball through the first three innings of the game. Jim Fregosi drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Cleon Jones reached on error by second baseman Rennie Stennett and went to second on right fielder Manny Sanguillen’s error with Fregosi moving to third. Walker struck out Rusty Staub and surrendered a single to Beauchamp that brought home Fregosi and Jones. Trying to advance on his own hit, Beauchamp was out at second on a relay throw from third baseman Richie Hebner to Stennett. George Theodore singled to center field and Duffy Dyer hit a grounder to shortstop Gene Alley for an inning-ending force play. McAndrew then shut down the Bucs in the bottom half.

McAndrew and Ted Martinez drew back-to-back walks with one out in the top of the fifth inning. Fregosi singled to score McAndrew and send Martinez to third base. Jones hit a force play grounder to drive home Martinez and advanced to third on a double by Staub. Beauchamp singled off Pittsburgh reliever Jim McKee to plate Jones and Staub, increasing the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Theodore flied out to Sanguillen to end the inning. McAndrew then held the Pirates to a single by Stennett in a scoreless bottom half.

Bucs’ reliever Bob Johnson struck out all three Mets batters in the top of the sixth. McAndrew shut down Pittsburgh in the bottom of the inning and the Mets failed to score against Johnson in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half, Alley got a leadoff single and went to third base on a single by pinch-hitter Gene Clines. Stennett hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Alley for the Pirates’ first run. Sanguillen flied out to left fielder Theodore and a single by Al Oliver moved Clines to third. Willie Stargell and Hebner got singles to score Clines and Oliver, respectively, and cut the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Tug McGraw then came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Bob Robertson on a pop-up to second baseman Martinez to end the inning.

Pittsburgh’s Ramon Hernandez set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Milt May singled to begin the bottom half. Alley followed with a single and pinch-hitter Fernando Gonzalez singled to drive home pinch-runner Jackie Hernandez. Stennett hit into a double play and Sanguillen flied out to left fielder Jim Gosger to end the inning. Pirates’ reliever Dave Giusti then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Oliver flied out to right fielder Staub to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Stargell was retired on a ground ball to first baseman Ed Kranepool. McGraw then threw a called third strike past Hebner to end the game. The Mets had a victory to finish off a three-game series sweep.