September 28, 1965: Mets Defeat Pirates in 12 Innings

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Date: September 28, 1965
Mets starter: Dennis Ribant
Mets: 1
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Darrell Sutherland
Key player(s): Dennis Ribant, Ron Hunt
Key play: Hunt's single in 12th

The Mets and Pirates faced each other on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams had a three-hour and 13-minute battle that went into extra innings. The Mets came away with a 1-0 victory on a single by Ron Hunt in the bottom of the 12th.

Dennis Ribant and Pittsburgh's Tommie Sisk each pitched hitless ball through the first three innings of the game. In the top of the fourth, Ribant kept the Bucs scoreless despite singles by Bill Virdon and Roberto Clemente and followed up with a perfect fifth. Sisk set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the fourth and pitched a scoreless fifth after a leadoff single by Jim Hickman. Ribant allowed a single to Bob Bailey to begin the top of the sixth and retired the next nine batters to keep the Pirates without a run through the eighth. The Mets were shut down by Sisk from the sixth to the eighth, failing to score with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.

Willie Stargell and Donn Clendenon got back-to-back singles off Ribant with two out in the top of the ninth inning. Dennis retired Bill Mazeroski on a line drive to right fielder Johnny Lewis for the third out. Sisk walked Lewis and gave up a single to Ed Kranepool to begin the bottom half. Pittsburgh reliever Elroy Face got Hickman to hit into a force play and closed the inning with a double play grounder from Joe Christopher. Ribant retired the Bucs in order in the top of the 10th and Face shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Ribant pitched another scoreless inning in the top of the 11th. In the bottom half, Ron Swoboda (pinch-hitting for Dennis) got a leadoff double and Hunt was walked intentionally. Face struck out Lewis and got Cleon Jones for a force play grounder on which pinch-runner Dick Selma went to third base. Hickman hit a ground ball back to Face for the final out of the inning. Mets' reliever Darrell Sutherland then kept the Pirates scoreless in the top of the 12th.

Christopher singled to start the bottom half of the 12th inning. John Stephenson also singled to send Christopher to third. Face gave Charley Smith an intentional walk to load the bases and fanned pinch-hitters Roy McMillan and Gary Kolb for the first two outs of the inning. Hunt followed with a single to center field that scored Christopher and ended the game. The Mets had an exciting extra-inning win.