May 29, 1966: Rally in 9th Beats Dodgers

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Date: May 29, 1966
Mets starter: Rob Gardner
Mets: 7
Dodgers: 6
Winning pitcher: Gerry Arrigo
Key player(s): Johnny Lewis, Hawk Taylor, Roy McMillan
Key play: Lewis’s home run, Taylor’s double, McMillan’s single

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Mets scored three runs in the ninth inning for a come-from-behind 7-6 win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Dodgers’ starter Don Sutton issued consecutive walks to Ken Boyer and Ed Kranepool to open the top of the second. Sutton retired the next three batters and Jim Lefebvre homered off the Mets’ Rob Gardner to begin the bottom half. Lou Johnson grounded out to shortstop Roy McMillan and a double by Wes Parker ensued. Gardner got John Roseboro on a foul pop-up to third baseman Boyer and struck out Sutton to end the inning. The Mets were limited to a single by Ron Hunt in the top of the third. Gardner then shut down Los Angeles in the bottom of the inning.

Boyer and Kranepool started the top of the fourth with back-to-back singles. Sutton struck out Ron Swoboda and yielded a double to Jerry Grote that drove home Boyer and tied the game. McMillan hit a ground ball on which shortstop Maury Wills threw to catcher Roseboro for an out at home on Kranepool. Gardner went down on strikes to end the inning and gave up singles to Lefebvre and Johnson to begin the bottom half. Wes Parker grounded out to Boyer and a double by Roseboro plated Lefebvre and Johnson for a 3-1 Dodgers lead. Gardner then fanned Sutton and got Wills on a ground ball to Boyer to close out the inning.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Cleon Jones reached on an error by Wills. Johnny Lewis followed with a home run to tie the game at 3-3. Sutton got Boyer to foul out to Wills and retired Kranepool on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Lefebvre. Gardner pitched a perfect bottom half and Sutton gave up consecutive singles to Swoboda and Grote to open the top of the sixth. McMillan’s sacrifice bunt against Los Angeles reliever Joe Moeller advanced the runners to second and third base. Moeller got Gardner and Hunt on fly balls to right fielder Johnson for the final outs of the inning. Gardner then held the Dodgers scoreless and hitless in the bottom half.

Jones singled off reliever Phil Regan to start the top of the seventh. Lewis drew a walk and Boyer flied out to center fielder Willie Davis to advance the runners to second and third. Kranepool was walked intentionally to load the bases and Swoboda hit a force play grounder to Wills on which Jones scored to put the Mets ahead. Swoboda stole second base and Regan struck out Grote to end the inning. Gardner pitched a scoreless bottom half. Regan then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth.

Tommy Davis led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to center field. Lefebvre hit an inside-the-park home run to give the Dodgers a 5-4 lead. Johnson doubled and scored the sixth Los Angeles run on Parker’s single against Mets’ reliever Gerry Arrigo. Roseboro followed with a ground ball back to Arrigo for a double play. Regan was then retired on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Hunt.

Jones singled to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Dodgers’ reliever Ron Perranoski came in to pitch and issued a walk to pinch-hitter Dick Stuart. Boyer went down on strikes and Hawk Taylor hit a pinch-hit double that brought home Jones and pinch-runner Billy Murphy with the tying runs. Swoboda was given an intentional walk and Perranoski struck out Grote. McMillan hit a single to score Taylor and put the Mets in front. On an ensuing single by Arrigo, Swoboda was out at home on a throw from Perranoski to Roseboro to end the inning.

Arrigo struck out Wills to begin the bottom of the ninth. John Kennedy flied out to right fielder Jones and a bunt single by Willie Davis followed. Arrigo then struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Torborg to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory to halt a four-game losing streak.