September 22, 1974: Matlack's 7th Shutout

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Date: September 22, 1974
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 4
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Wayne Garrett, John Milner, Felix Millan
Key play: Milner's double, Garrett's and Matlack's singles

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Three Rivers Stadium. Jon Matlack pitched a three-hitter for his seventh shutout of the season in a 4-0 Mets win over the Bucs.

Felix Millan singled against Pirates' starter Jerry Reuss with one out in the top of the first inning. Millan moved to second base on a wild pitch and Rusty Staub drew a walk. Cleon Jones went down on strikes and John Milner hit a double to drive home Millan. Reuss retired Duffy Dyer on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Frank Taveras. Matlack then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Matlack and Reuss each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. Jon held the Bucs to singles by Taveras and Rennie Stennett while the Mets got only a single by Millan against Reuss. Wayne Garrett hit a one-out triple in the top of the seventh. Matlack reached second base on Reuss's error to score Garrett and advanced to third on Don Hahn's ground out to second baseman Stennett. Millan was hit by a pitch and Staub flied out to left fielder Willie Stargell to end the inning. Matlack then gave up only a walk to Ed Kirkpatrick in the bottom half.

Jones drew a walk to lead off the top of the eighth. Milner flied out to right fielder Richie Zisk and a single by Dyer ensued. Ted Martinez got an infield single to load the bases and Garrett singled to bring home pinch-runner Jim Gosger. Matlack followed with a single that scored Dyer with the Mets' fourth run of the game. Reuss was replaced on the mound by Pittsburgh reliever Jim Minshall, who got Hahn to hit a grounder to Stennett for an inning-ending double play. Pinch-hitter Gene Clines singled for the Bucs' third hit to open the bottom half. Matlack then got the next three batters on force play ground balls to close out the inning.

For the Pirates, reliever John Morlan yielded just a single to Millan in a scoreless top of the ninth. Stargell flied out to left fielder Gosger to begin the bottom half. Zisk drew a walk and Art Howe followed with a force play grounder to second baseman Millan. Matlack then retired Kirkpatrick on a fly ball to right fielder Staub to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory on Jon's seventh shutout of the year.

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