May 27, 1967: Luplow's Single Lifts Mets Over Braves

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Date: May 27, 1967
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 4
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Jack Hamilton
Key player(s): Jerry Buchek, Bud Harrelson, Johnny Lewis, Al Luplow
Key play: Buchek’s, Lewis’s and Luplow’s singles

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of four games in a series. Al Luplow hit a two-run single to give the Mets a 4-3 win over Atlanta.

Mets’ starter Tom Seaver pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson doubled against the Braves’ Wade Blasingame to lead off the bottom half. Ed Charles drew a walk and Ken Boyer went down on strikes. Tommy Davis popped out to third baseman Clete Boyer and a single by Jerry Buchek drove home Harrelson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Buchek stole second base and Blasingame retired Cleon Jones on a line drive to second baseman Woody Woodward for the third out.

After a scoreless second, Clete Boyer got a leadoff double in the top of the third. Marty Martinez singled to score Clete Boyer and tie the game at 1-1. Blasingame drew a walk and Woodward flied out to center fielder Cleon Jones. Felipe Alou grounded to second baseman Buchek for an inning-ending double play and Harrelson singled to begin the bottom half. Charles’ sacrifice bunt moved Harrelson to second base and Ken Boyer grounded out to shortstop Martinez. Blasingame then retired Davis on a ground ball to Martinez to close out the inning.

Joe Torre got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Mack Jones hit a single and advanced to third base on right fielder Ron Swoboda’s error that allowed Torre to come home. Rico Carty singled to score Mack Jones for a 3-1 Atlanta lead. Clete Boyer hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Harrelson that ended the inning and Buchek doubled to open the bottom half. Cleon Jones and Swoboda were retired on infield grounders. Blasingame then struck out Jerry Grote to finish off the inning.

Seaver yielded only a single to Woodward in the top of the fifth. Blasingame surrendered just a walk to Charles in the bottom half and Seaver set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Davis singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Buchek hit a single to send Davis to third base and Blasingame was replaced on the mound by Braves’ reliever Jay Ritchie. Pinch-hitter Luplow grounded out to first baseman Alou. Pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool was struck out and pinch-hitter Johnny Lewis singled to score Davis, trimming the Atlanta lead to 3-2. Ritchie then got pinch-hitter John Sullivan to ground out to Woodward and close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jack Hamilton gave up just a single to Carty in the top of the seventh. Harrelson singled against Ritchie to begin the bottom half. Charles reached on a fielder’s choice bunt and pinch-hitter Bob Johnson’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Davis was walked intentionally to load the bases and Buchek popped out to Woodward. Luplow followed with a single that brought home Harrelson and Charles, putting the Mets in front by a run. Braves’ reliever Ramon Hernandez then retired Kranepool on a fly ball to left fielder Carty for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Ron Taylor hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Hernandez set down the side in order in the bottom half and Hank Aaron flied out to center fielder Don Bosch to lead off the top of the ninth. Torre was retired on a ground ball to Harrelson. Taylor then got Mack Jones to ground out to Harrelson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory.