LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13—The Los Angeles Dodgers scored one run in the last half of the ninth inning today on two walks, a bunt and an error to defeat the New York Mets, 5‐4, in their final meeting of the year.
The debacle occurred without a ball being hit out of the infield before the smallest crowd of the season in Dodger Stadium—15,885—after the Mets had pulled a couple of upsets and appeared en route to another.
The New Yorkers scored their first run in 23 innings off Don Drysdale and hit their first home run of the season in Dodger Stadium—all in a four‐run fourth inning, with Charlie Smith the hero.
Then, on the threshold of beating Drysdale for the first time in nine games, the Mets lost it all in the last two innings.
Frank Howard struck the first blow, leading off the eighth inning and this one did go out of the infield. The 6‐foot7‐inch Outfielder lined it 410feet away to dead center field and into the bleachers. It was the 23d home run for Howard. though his first against the Mets this year.
It also wiped out a lead Jack Fisher had carried since the fourth inning.
Dennis Ribant went to the mound for Casey Stengel as the ninth inning began. He walked Jim Gilliam on four pitches. Then he threw the next pitch into the dirt as Willie Davis squared away to bunt.
The ball bounced past Jesse Gonder and Gilliam made sec
Ribant then gave an intentional walk to Tommy Davis, whose double in the first inning had scored two runs for an early Dodger lead, and the bases were filled with nobody out.
Ron Fairly was the next batter, and he knocked the first ball sharply toward the firstbase side of the drawn‐up Met infield. Kranepool lunged, reached and tried to throw home all in one motion, but succeeded only in dribbling the ball across the grass as Gilliam scored.
The victory was No. 18 for Drysdale against 13 losses. It was his ninth straight against the Mets and his fifth straight complete‐game victory over them this season. It was also
In the fourth Joe Christopher opened with a triple down the right‐field line and scored on George Altman’s single to left. Then Gonder walked and Smith unloaded a homer on the first pitch, a 410‐foot drive to left center.
This gave Fisher a 4—2 lead, but in the fifth Klaus fumbled a two‐out grounder and Gonder let the next pitch, a high fastball, get by him for a run. Drysdale then allowed only two singles during the last five innings.
Mets Buy Right‐Bander
The Mets announced the purchase of Tommy Parsons, a 6‐foot‐6‐inch, 210‐pound righthanded pitcher, from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. He will join the club before Tuesday’s game in San Francisco.
|NEW YORK (N.)|
|LOS ANGELES (N.)|
|W. Davis, cf||5||1||2||0|
|T. Davis, If||4||1||1||2|
|New York||0 0 0||4 0 0||0 0||0‐4|
|Los Angeles||2 0 0||0 1 0||0 1||1‐5|
E—Klaus, Kranenool. LOB—Now York 5, Los Angeles 12. 3B—Christopher, T. Davis. HR—Smith (18), Howard (23). SB—W. Davis. S—Altman.
|Ribant (L, 1‐4)||0||1||1||0||2||0|
|Orysdale (W, 18—13)||9||6||4||4||3||5|
None out when winning run was scored. HBP—By Drysaale (McMillan) WP—Ribant. PB—Roseboro, Gonder, T—2 43. A—15,885.