September 7, 1973: Mets Beat Expos in 15 for Sweep

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Date: September 7, 1973
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 4
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Tug McGraw
Key player(s): Ken Boswell, Don Hahn, Tug McGraw
Key play: Boswell’s walk, Hahn’s sacrifice fly, McGraw’s double

The Mets and Expos faced each other in a doubleheader on a Friday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Jarry Park, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. In fifteen innings, the Mets came away with a 4-2 win over Montreal.

Jerry Koosman and the Expos’ Mike Torrez each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Torrez shut down the Mets in the top of the third and Felipe Alou doubled to lead off the bottom half. Ron Woods flied out to right fielder Rusty Staub and a single by Bob Bailey drove home Alou for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Koosman then got Hal Breeden to hit a double play ground ball to third baseman Wayne Garrett that ended the inning.

Torrez retired all nine Mets batters from the fourth inning to the sixth. Koosman responded with a trio of scoreless bottom halves. Jerry Grote reached on an error by second baseman Pepe Frias with two outs in the top of the seventh. Consecutive walks to Don Hahn and Bud Harrelson loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Ken Boswell drew a walk to force home pinch-runner Ted Martinez with the tying run. Torrez was replaced on the mound by Expos’ reliever Mike Marshall, who struck out Garrett to finish off the inning. Mets’ reliever Harry Parker then gave up only a single to Marshall in the bottom half.

Parker and Marshall each hurled scoreless eight and ninth innings to send the game onward. Cleon Jones singled to begin the top of the 10th. A sacrifice bunt by Garrett advanced Jones to second base. Felix Millan followed with a grounder on which Jones was tagged out by third baseman Bailey after getting caught in a rundown. Bailey then tagged Millan to complete an inning-ending double play. The Expos loaded the bases with two outs against Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw in the bottom half. McGraw then retired pinch-hitter Clyde Mashore on a foul pop-up to first baseman Ed Kranepool for the inning’s final out.

Despite six singles and a walk, the Mets failed to score from the 11th inning to the 14th. McGraw gave up a single to Alou and faced only thirteen batters over the four-inning stretch. John Milner hit a single against Marshall to open the top of the 15th. Kranepool doubled to send Milner to third base and Duffy Dyer grounded out to Bailey. Hahn followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Milner and put the Mets ahead by a run. Harrelson was walked intentionally and Marshall’s wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. McGraw singled to drive home Kranepool and Harrelson, increasing the Mets’ lead to 4-1. On his own hit, Tug got caught between bases and was tagged by shortstop Tim Foli for the third out of the inning.

Breeden grounded back to McGraw to begin the bottom of the 15th. Ken Singleton singled and Foli drew a walk. Mike Jorgensen hit a double that brought home Singleton and advanced Foli to third base. Ray Sadecki came in to pitch for the Mets and completed a walk to Bernie Allen (charged to McGraw) that loaded the bases. Sadecki followed up by throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Pepe Mangual. Ray then got Alou to fly out to center fielder Hahn and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.

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