May 5, 1974: Milner Homers in 10th
|Date: May 5, 1974|
|Mets starter: Craig Swan|
|Winning pitcher: Ray Sadecki|
|Key player(s): John Milner, Ken Boswell, Craig Swan|
|Key play: Boswell's single in 9th, Milner's home run in 10th|
The Mets hosted the Padres in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After losing the first game, the Mets aimed for a split in Game 2. John Milner's two-run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning gave the Mets a 6-4 win over San Diego and a split of the twinbill.
Through the first seven innings of the game, the Mets built a 3-0 lead against Padres' starter Mike Corkins. Ron Hodges scored on Corkins' wild pitch in the bottom of the third. A fourth inning homer by Rusty Staub and a single by Felix Millan to bring home Craig Swan in the seventh gave the Mets two more runs. Meanwhile, San Diego was shut down on Swan's five-hit pitching.
In the top of the eighth inning, Matty Alou led off with a single off Swan. With two runners on base and one out, Willie McCovey doubled off reliever Bob Miller to score Alou for the Padres' first run. Cito Gaston was retired on a pop-up and Miller walked Nate Colbert to load the bases. Johnny Grubb and Dave Winfield followed with back-to-back singles to score three runs and give San Diego a 4-3 lead. The Mets then failed to score against reliever Larry Hardy in the bottom of the inning.
Miller retired the Padres in order in the top of the ninth inning. In the bottom half, Hodges singled and a sacrifice bunt by George Theodore moved pinch-runner Ted Martinez to second base. Pinch-hitter Ken Boswell followed with a single that scored Martinez with the tying run. Hardy then got Millan to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Mets' reliever Ray Sadecki held San Diego scoreless in the top of the tenth. Staub singled off Hardy with one out in the bottom of the inning. Milner followed with a home run to end the game. The Mets had a split of the doubleheader in dramatic fashion.