May 31, 1970: Dyer's Single in 14th Sweeps Astros

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Date: May 31, 1970
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 4
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Duffy Dyer
Key play: Dyer’s single in 14th

The Mets and Astros played a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After winning the opener, the Mets looked for a sweep of the twinbill. A run-scoring single by Duffy Dyer in the 14th inning gave the Mets a 4-3 victory over Houston.

Jim McAndrew held the Astros scoreless despite two hits in the top of the first. In the bottom half, Cleon Jones doubled with two outs off Houston starter Don Wilson. An ensuing single by Art Shamsky scored Jones for a 1-0 Mets lead. Wilson retired Ken Boswell for the third out and McAndrew pitched a perfect top of the second. The Mets were then shut down by Wilson in the bottom half.

For the Astros, Jesus Alou hit a one-out double in the top of the third inning. Joe Morgan followed with a triple to bring home Alou and tie the game. McAndrew set down the next two Houston batters and Wilson held the Mets scoreless in the latter half of the inning. No runs were scored in the fourth and McAndrew shut down the Astros despite Wilson’s double in the top of the fifth.

Tommie Agee and Bud Harrelson got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jones added a single to bring home Agee and put the Mets ahead by a run. Jimmy Wynn’s homer in the top of the sixth retied the game for Houston. The Mets then took a 3-2 lead on Joe Foy’s single that scored Ron Swoboda in the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the top of the seventh, Joe Pepitone led off with a home run to tie the game once again. McAndrew struck out the next two batters and retired Alou on a line drive to center fielder Agee. Astros’ reliever Jack Billingham pitched a scoreless bottom half. In relief of McAndrew, Jerry Koosman shut down Houston in the eighth and ninth innings. Billingham pitched perfectly in the bottom of the eighth and held the Mets without a hit in a scoreless ninth.

Koosman retired the Astros without a run in the top of the 10th. Houston’s Fred Gladding shut down the Mets in the bottom half. In the 11th, Koosman pitched a 1-2-3 inning and the Mets loaded the bases with two outs against Gladding. Reliever Jack DiLauro came in and retired Shamsky on a foul pop-up to third baseman Doug Rader to end the inning. Tug McGraw and the Astros’ Denny Lemaster then pitched scoreless ball in the 12th and 13th innings.

In the top of the 14th, McGraw pitched his third consecutive scoreless inning of relief. Boswell reached first base on an error by second baseman Morgan to begin the bottom half. Ken moved to second on Swoboda’s ground out and Foy was walked intentionally. Lemaster fanned Jerry Grote for the second out and Dyer came up to pinch-hit for McGraw. Duffy hit a single to left field, scoring Boswell to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.