September 13, 1973: Two Runs in 12th Dump Phils

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Date: September 13, 1973
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 4
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Wayne Garrett, Don Hahn, Tom Seaver
Key play: Hahn’s and Garrett’s singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored twice in the 12th inning for a 4-2 win over the Phils.

Tom Seaver and the Phillies’ Ken Brett each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Brett retired the side in order in the top of the third and Denny Doyle got a one-out single in the bottom half. Tommy Hutton followed with a double that brought home Doyle for a 1-0 Philadelphia lead. Del Unser was retired on a foul pop-up to third baseman Ted Martinez. Seaver then struck out Greg Luzinski to end the inning.

Cleon Jones singled with one out in the top of the fourth. John Milner hit a single and Jerry Grote flied out to right fielder Mike Anderson. Don Hahn singled to drive home Jones with the tying run. On the play, catcher Bob Boone made an error that allowed Milner to score and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Brett retired Martinez on a ground ball to shortstop Larry Bowa that closed out the inning. Seaver then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half.

Brett hurled a perfect top of the fifth. The Phils failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom of the inning and Brett set down all three Mets batters in the top of the sixth. Anderson doubled to lead off the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by Mike Schmidt advanced Anderson to second base. Bowa hit a double to plate Anderson and tie the game at 2-2. Brett was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Jones. Seaver then got Doyle to line out to right fielder Rusty Staub and end the inning.

Seaver and Brett each pitched scoreless ball from the seventh inning to the 11th. Grote got a one-out single against Philadelphia reliever George Culver in the top of the 12th. Hahn doubled and pinch-hitter Ken Boswell was walked intentionally to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Wayne Garrett hit a single to score pinch-runner Lute Barnes and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. A wild pitch brought home Hahn with the fourth New York run of the game. Bud Harrelson was given an intentional walk to load the bases once again. Culver then got Felix Millan to hit a grounder to second baseman Doyle for an inning-ending double play.

Doyle grounded back to Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw to begin the bottom of the 12th. Hutton went down on strikes. McGraw then fanned pinch-hitter Cesar Tovar for the game’s final out. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to conclude the series.