May 13, 1977: Matlack Shuts Out Dodgers

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Date: May 13, 1977
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Dave Kingman, Lenny Randle
Key play: Randle's & Kingman's home runs

The Mets played the Dodgers on Friday the 13th at Shea Stadium. Evil spirits did not affect Jon Matlack as he pitched a complete game shutout for his second win of the season. Lenny Randle and Dave Kingman hit first-inning home runs for a 3-0 Mets victory over Los Angeles.

After Matlack retired the Dodgers in the top of the first inning, the Mets came to bat against Rick Rhoden in the bottom half. Lee Mazzilli struck out to lead off and Randle homered for the first run of the game. Following a single by Ed Kranepool, Kingman homered for two more runs. Rhoden followed up with a walk to John Stearns before striking out Bruce Boisclair and Jerry Grote to end the inning.

From the second inning to the fifth, Matlack retired the Dodgers in order three times. Only in the fourth when Dave Lopes singled and stole two bases did Los Angeles have a runner on base. Jon kept the Dodgers scoreless in the sixth despite one-out singles by Lopes and Bill Russell. Meanwhile, the Mets were held hitless by Rhoden and then failed to score against reliever Al Downing in the bottom of the sixth.

In the seventh inning, Steve Garvey led off with a single. Matlack struck out Rick Monday and fielded Dusty Baker's ground ball to start an inning-ending double play. Jon set down the Dodgers in order on three infield grounders in the top of the eighth. For Los Angeles, Downing and Stan Wall pitched scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth innings.

Reggie Smith singled with one out in the top of the ninth. Matlack struck out Ron Cey and gave up another single to Garvey that sent Smith to third base. Monday grounded out to second baseman Randle to end the game. The Mets avoided the black cat as Matlack neutralized the Dodgers with a seven-hit shutout win.