September 3, 1977: Mets' Doubles Rout Braves

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Date: September 3, 1977
Mets starter: Nino Espinosa
Mets: 9
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Nino Espinosa
Key player(s): Joel Youngblood, Ed Kranepool, Lee Mazzilli
Key play: Mets' three doubles in 7th

The Mets and Braves played at Shea Stadium on a Saturday afternoon. Nino Espinosa pitched a six-hitter and got his seventh win of the season. Five Mets doubles led to a 9-1 victory over Atlanta.

Each team scored a second inning run on a force play grounder. The Mets scored twice more in the fourth when Ron Hodges came home on an error and Joel Youngblood crossed the plate on a wild pitch by the Braves' Preston Hanna. Protecting the 3-1 lead, Espinosa held Atlanta to two hits while keeping them scoreless from the fifth inning to the seventh.

Lenny Randle started the bottom of the seventh with a single off Braves' reliever Rick Camp. Randle stole second base and advanced to third on Camp's balk. Lee Mazzilli followed with a double to score Lenny to increase the Mets' lead to 4-1. After a one-out intentional walk to Steve Henderson, a double by Ed Kranepool off Mike Davey brought home two more Met runs. Later in the inning, Kranepool scored on Youngblood's double for the Mets' seventh run of the game.

In the eighth inning, Mazzilli got a two-out single off Atlanta reliever Duane Theiss. Bruce Boisclair followed with a walk and Henderson hit a double to bring home Mazzilli and Boisclair. Theiss then retired Kranepool for the final out of the inning.

Espinosa set down the Braves with a scoreless top of the ninth. The Mets had a win on Nino's solid pitching and a constant display of doubles. It was also Espinosa's fourth complete game of the year.