May 27, 1976: Garrett's Triple Off McGraw

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Date: May 27, 1976
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 5
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Skip Lockwood
Key player(s): Wayne Garrett
Key play: Garrett's triple in 9th

The Mets played the finale of a four-game series in Philadelphia on a Thursday night. Aiming to avoid a sweep, the Mets sent Jerry Koosman to the mound against the first place Phillies. Koosman pitched eight innings against the solid Phils' lineup, allowing two runs on six hits. Wayne Garrett's triple off Tug McGraw in the ninth helped the Mets emerge as a 5-2 winner.

Koosman and the Phillies' Jim Kaat each started off with three scoreless innings. Kaat shut down the Mets again in the fourth before he was given a 1-0 lead on Bob Boone's two-out single to score Ollie Brown. The Phils added another run in the sixth when Brown hit a leadoff homer against Koosman.

In the top of the seventh, Dave Kingman homered for the Mets' first run of the game. Kaat then retired the Mets in order in the eighth. Koosman also pitched a perfect eighth inning, keeping the score at 2-1.

John Milner led off the ninth inning with a single. Kaat then mishandled Bud Harrelson's sacrifice bunt to put Met runners on first and second base with none out. After Milner was forced at third on a grounder, Kaat was removed for reliever Gene Garber.

Ed Kranepool, pinch-hitting for Joe Torre, hit a single to center field off Garber. Harrelson tried to score from second, but Garry Maddox's throw to catcher Boone nailed Bud at the plate. With runners at second and third, Kingman was given an intentional walk. McGraw then relieved Garber to try and close it out for the Phils.

Garrett came to bat for the Mets as a pinch-hitter for Benny Ayala. Garrett hit a pitch from McGraw for a triple, scoring Leon Brown, Bruce Boisclair and Kingman to put the Mets ahead, 4-2. Garrett then came home when Roy Staiger followed with a double.

Mets' reliever Skip Lockwood retired the Phillies easily in the bottom of the ninth. Bobby Tolan's pop up to shortstop Harrelson ended the game. The Mets had staved off a sweep by coming back from the brink of defeat.