May 4, 1974: Staub and Milner Hit Homers in 7th
|Date: May 4, 1974|
|Mets starter: Jon Matlack|
|Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack|
|Key player(s): Rusty Staub, John Milner|
|Key play: Staub's & Milner's home runs in 7th|
The Mets and Padres played on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The attendance of 46,195 watched the home team rebound from a deficit with two home runs in the seventh inning. Rusty Staub and John Milner provided the slugging that enabled the Mets to overcome San Diego, 6-3.
Jon Matlack and the Padres' Randy Jones each started the game with three hitless innings. In the fourth, Nate Colbert homered off Matlack for a 1-0 San Diego lead. The Mets came back in the bottom half when Milner got a one-out double and later came home on a single by Wayne Garrett.
In the top of the sixth, Matlack struck out Dave Roberts before giving up a double to Jones. Matlack got Derrel Thomas to ground out, but Enzo Hernandez's single scored Jones with the go-ahead run. After stealing second base, Hernandez came home on Colbert's single for a 3-1 San Diego lead.
Jones retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, he recorded two outs before walking Bud Harrelson and Felix Millan. Staub followed with a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Cleon Jones then singled and Milner hit a two-run homer to extend the New York lead and remove Randy from the game.
In the eighth, Mets' reliever Tug McGraw gave up a leadoff triple to Thomas. He then retired the next three batters with no runs allowed. Tug then struck out the side in order in the ninth to finish the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.