September 6, 1966: Ribant Six-Hits Reds

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Date: September 6, 1966
Mets starter: Dennis Ribant
Mets: 3
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Dennis Ribant
Key player(s): Dennis Ribant, Ken Boyer
Key play: Boyer’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Reds on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Dennis Ribant pitched a six-hit complete game in a 3-2 Mets win over Cincinnati.

Ribant retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson drew a walk against Reds’ starter Jim Maloney to lead off the bottom half. Harrelson stole second base and Ron Hunt was hit by a pitch. Johnny Lewis went down on strikes and a walk to Al Luplow loaded the bases. A wild pitch brought home Harrelson with the first run of the game. Ken Boyer hit a single to score Hunt and Luplow for a 3-0 Mets lead. Larry Elliot followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Leo Cardenas. Maloney then got Ed Kranepool on a pop-up to third baseman Tommy Helms for the inning’s final out.

Ribant set down all twelve Cincinnati batters from the second inning to the fifth. In the bottom halves, Maloney shut down the Mets despite allowing two hits and issuing a walk in each of the four innings. Johnny Edwards singled for the Reds’ first hit to begin the top of the sixth. Edwards advanced to second base on a wild pitch and was held at third on Cardenas’s ensuing double. Maloney flied out to right fielder Lewis and a pop-up by Tommy Harper was caught by shortstop Harrelson. Pete Rose drew a walk to load the bases and Helms hit a force play grounder to Harrelson that ended the inning. Ribant drew the Mets’ seventh walk of the game with one out in the bottom half. Maloney then threw a called third strike past Harrelson and got Hunt on a force play ground ball to Helms for the third out.

Deron Johnson homered to begin the top of the seventh inning. Art Shamsky flied out to center fielder Luplow and a single by Vada Pinson ensued. Pinson moved to third base on a single by Edwards and scored the Reds’ second run on Cardenas’s sacrifice fly. Ribant retired pinch-hitter Gordy Coleman on a grounder to first baseman Kranepool for the final out of the inning. Cincinnati reliever Bill McCool then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Ribant set down the Reds in order in the top of the eighth. McCool gave up only a single to Kranepool in the bottom of the inning. Johnson grounded out to third baseman Boyer to open the top of the ninth. Shamsky was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Hunt and an infield single by Pinson followed. Ribant then got pinch-hitter Mel Queen to hit a grounder to Kranepool and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Dennis’s six-hitter.