Jon Matlack fired a complete game beating the Houston Astros, 4-2, at Shea Stadium. Matlack, who would win the National League Rookie of the Year honors, struck out eight Astros in the win.
The New York Mets pounded Los Angeles Dodgers starter Claude Osteen score three runs in the first and two more in the second inning on their way to a 7-5 win at Shea Stadium.
The New York Mets snap a 3-3 eighth inning tie, scoring three runs on consecutive RBI single from Rod Kanehl, Gene Woodling and pitcher Jay Hook on their way to a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at The Polo Grounds.
On August 14, 1973 the New York Mets were 8 1/2 games behind and in last place in the National League East with a record of 52-65. The Mets finished August winning 10 of 16 followed by a September run of 19-8 to win the division with a record of 82-79.
Despite a pair of home runs by Frank Thomas, the New York Mets dropped a 9-4 decision to the Philadelphia Phillies at The Polo Grounds. Both of Thomas’ home runs came off Phillies starter Art Mahaffey, who pitched a complete game, allowing four runs, five hits and 12 strikeouts.