21-3K CLEMENTE'S 3,000 HITS
2 RUNS IN 9TH BREAK TIE
PIRATES BEAT HOUSTON 4-2
Friday, May 12h, 1972
HOUSTON - Down by 2 runs, the Pirates rallied to tie the game in the 7th and score 2 runs in the 9th to defeat the Astros 4-2.
Roberto Clemente was 0-4 and is still 92 base hits away from 3,000.
Richie Hebner lead off the 7th with a solo HR, his 4th. Vic Davalillo, pinch hitting for Gene Alley, doubled in Manny Sanguillen to tie the game.
The Pirates went ahead in the 9th when pinch hitter Milt May singled in Manny Sanguillen. Astro reliever Jim Ray's wild pitch scored Bob Robertson from third with the insurance run. Bob Miller got Doug Rader to ground into a DP to end the game.
Houston's Lee May hit a solo homer, his 4th off of starter Steve Blass.
Blass (3-1) got the win. Bob Miller got his 1st save. Larry Dierker (2-2) took the loss.
Saturday's game 2 at the Astrodome has Bob Moose vs Ken Forsch.
In memory of Mr.Les Banos.
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