May 9, 1967: Davis Hits Winning Homer in 11th
|Date: May 9, 1967|
|Mets starter: Jack Fisher|
|Winning pitcher: Jack Fisher|
|Key player(s): Tommy Davis, Jack Fisher, Cleon Jones|
|Key play: Davis's home run|
The Mets faced the Reds at Shea Stadium on a Tuesday night. Jack Fisher pitched a complete game that went into extra innings. The Mets emerged with a 3-2 win on a home run by Tommy Davis in the bottom of the 11th.
Fisher started the game with six shutout innings. Singles by Johnny Edwards and Pete Rose were the only Cincinnati hits off Jack, who retired ten straight hitters from the third inning to the sixth. The Mets scored twice against Reds' starter Gary Nolan on Cleon Jones' fourth inning homer and Al Luplow's sacrifice fly on which Bud Harrelson came home in the bottom of the sixth.
Lee May homered off Fisher to start the top of the seventh inning. In the eighth, pinch-hitter Art Shamsky led off with a single and pinch-runner Dick Simpson moved around to third on a sacrifice bunt and a fly ball. With Rose batting, catcher John Sullivan's passed ball allowed Simpson to score the tying run for the Reds. Fisher walked Rose and got Tony Perez on a ground ball to end the inning.
Fisher and Cincinnati's Mel Queen each pitched a perfect ninth inning. In the tenth, the Mets had two runners on base with none out. Queen then got a force out at third base on Fisher's bunt and retired the next two Mets batters to send the game onward.
Vada Pinson led off the top of the 11th with a single. Fisher then got three consecutive fly outs to center fielder Jones. In the bottom half, Davis came to bat with one out and homered off Queen. The Mets had a dramatic extra-inning victory.