May 2, 1967: Comeback in the 12th

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Date: May 2, 1967
Mets starter: Jack Fisher
Mets: 3
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Don Shaw
Key player(s): Ed Kranepool, John Sullivan
Key play: Kranepool’s triple, Sullivan’s single

The Mets and Giants faced each other on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. Starting pitchers Jack Fisher and San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry dueled to a draw for eleven innings. The Giants scored a run in the twelfth, but the Mets came back with two in the bottom half to pull out a 3-2 victory.

The Mets had a scoring chance in the second inning. Tommy Davis and Ed Kranepool singled and Ken Boyer came to bat. Boyer lined out to Perry, who threw to shortstop Hal Lanier to double up Davis. Lanier then threw to first baseman Willie McCovey for an out on Kranepool to complete a triple play.

In the bottom of the fifth, Kranepool gave the Mets a 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run. After two outs, Don Bosch hit a triple to right field. Bosch tried to stretch it into a home run, but was thrown out at the plate. The Giants then tied the game in the sixth with three consecutive singles.

Fisher and Perry stifled the hitters for the next five innings. Bud Harrelson’s two-out single in the bottom of the eighth was the only hit for either team from the seventh to the eleventh. Willie Mays then got a two-out single off Fisher to score Lanier for a 2-1 San Francisco lead in the top of the twelfth. Don Shaw relieved Fisher and got the final out.

Al Luplow led off against Giants’ reliever Lindy McDaniel to start the bottom of the twelfth. Luplow singled and later scored on a one-out triple by Kranepool, tying the game. Frank Linzy replaced McDaniel and struck out Jerry Buchek for the second out. John Sullivan then came up to pinch-hit for Jerry Grote. Sullivan singled to score pinch-runner Cleon Jones, giving the Mets an exciting come-from-behind win. For Shaw, it was the first win of his major league career.