|Tug pitches Mets to victory|
Don Cardwell started and was outstanding over 7 1/3-allowing 2 runs while scattering 5 hits. Unfortunately, Giants starter Gaylord Perry was his equal, also giving up 2 runs. Cardwell departed in the bottom of the 8th after a Ken Boswell error loaded the bases. Ron Taylor came on and ended the threat by inducing a double play ball from the bat of Jim Davenport.
The game remained tied into the 10th when after retiring the first two batters of the inning, Perry grooved one to Donn Clendenon, putting the Mets up 3-2. Tug McGraw (7-2) then retired San Francisco in order to pick up the win.
New York (75-53) remained 4 games back of Chicago (82-52), who won over the Braves.