May 5, 1967: Buchek Homers in 9th

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Date: May 5, 1967
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Astros: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Jerry Buchek
Key play: Buchek’s home run

The Mets faced the Astros on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. Following a rain delay of more than an hour, the teams played a two-hour and forty-two minute game. Jerry Buchek hit a home run in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 3-2 win over Houston.

Tom Seaver and the Astros’ Dave Giusti each pitched a scoreless first inning. Seaver retired the side in order in the top of the second and Buchek got a one-out single in the bottom half. Buchek advanced to third base on Tommie Reynolds’ single to center field. Jerry Grote reached on an error by second baseman Joe Morgan to score Buchek with the first run of the game. Reynolds went from second to third on Seaver’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a single by Bud Harrelson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Giusti then retired Cleon Jones on a fly ball to right fielder Rusty Staub to end the inning.

Seaver gave up just a double to Sonny Jackson in the top of the third. Giusti held the Mets to a single by Tommy Davis in the bottom half and Eddie Mathews singled to open the top of the fourth. Staub followed with a two-run homer to tie the game. Norm Miller went down on strikes and Bob Aspromonte grounded out to shortstop Harrelson. John Bateman hit a single and moved to second base on catcher Grote’s passed ball. Seaver retired Giusti on an inning-ending grounder to Harrelson. Giusti then yielded only a single to Seaver in the bottom half.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Morgan singled with one out in the top of the seventh. Jackson hit a force play grounder back to Seaver and stole second base. Jim Landis drew a walk and Mathews grounded out to first baseman Ed Kranepool to finish off the inning. Houston reliever Claude Raymond pitched a perfect bottom half and consecutive singles by Staub and Miller began the top of the eighth. Aspromonte flied out to right fielder Al Luplow and a fly ball by Bateman was caught by center fielder Jones. Seaver got Raymond to ground out to Harrelson and end the inning. Raymond then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Seaver held the Astros to a single by Ron Davis in the top of the ninth. To lead off the bottom of the inning, Buchek came to bat against Raymond. Jerry slugged a home run to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting victory.