May 6, 1970: Taylor Halts Dodgers Rally

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Date: May 6, 1970
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Dodgers: 4
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Ron Taylor, Tommie Agee, Bud Harrelson, Ken Boswell
Key play: Boswell’s and Harrelson’s RBI singles, Dodgers’ wild pitches

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. In the midst of a Los Angeles comeback effort in the ninth inning, Ron Taylor retired the final two batters for a save and a 5-4 Mets win.

Mets’ starter Tom Seaver pitched a perfect top of the first. Tommie Agee singled against the Dodgers’ Don Sutton to begin the bottom half. Bud Harrelson flied out to center fielder Willie Davis and a single by Cleon Jones advanced Agee to third base. With Art Shamsky at bat, a wild pitch brought home Agee and moved Jones to second. Shamsky drew a walk and Ken Boswell hit a single to score Jones for a 2-0 Mets lead. Mike Jorgensen was retired on a fly ball to Davis. Sutton then got Joe Foy to pop out to second baseman Ted Sizemore and finish off the inning.

Seaver hurled a scoreless top of the second. With two outs in the bottom half, Agee walked and stole second base. Harrelson followed with a single to drive home Agee and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Bud stole second and went to third on an error by catcher Bill Sudakis. Jones was hit by a pitch and Sutton got Shamsky on a pop-up to shortstop Maury Wills that ended the inning.

Leading off the top of the third, Sizemore homered for the Dodgers’ first run of the game. Sutton and Von Joshua both went down on strikes and Wills grounded back to Seaver for the inning’s third out. Boswell got a single to begin the bottom half. Ken stole second base and Jorgensen was struck out. Foy grounded out to third baseman Billy Grabarkewitz and an intentional walk to Duffy Dyer followed. Sutton then retired Seaver on a fly ball to right fielder Willie Crawford to close out the inning.

Davis and Parker got back-to-back singles to open the top of the fourth. Sudakis grounded to second baseman Boswell for a double play and Seaver fanned Crawford to end the inning. Agee drew a walk against Sutton to begin the bottom half. Harrelson singled to advance Agee to third base and went to second on a throw. Los Angeles reliever Joe Moeller threw a wild pitch that scored Agee and moved Harrelson to third. Jones was retired on a grounder to Grabarkewitz. Shamsky grounded out to Sizemore to bring home Harrelson for a 5-1 Mets lead. Moeller then got Boswell to fly out to Davis and end the inning.

Seaver and Dodgers’ reliever Camilo Pascual each pitched three-hit scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Tom set down the side in order in the top of the eighth and Los Angeles’s Jose Pena retired all three batters in the bottom half. Parker drew a one-out walk in the top of the ninth. Sudakis singled and Crawford connected for a homer to reduce the Mets’ lead to one run. Grabarkewitz and Sizemore hit consecutive singles and Seaver was replaced on the mound by Taylor. Pinch-hitter Andy Kosco grounded out to Boswell, sending the runners to second and third base. Taylor then retired Joshua on a line drive to Boswell for the final out of the game. The Mets had survived a rally attempt and hung on for a victory.