|Charles scores tying run, but Mets fall to Pirates 5-3.|
New York came right back in the top of the 5th-loading the bases with one out-when Tommie Agee’s infield single brought Jerry Grote home. Art Shamsky followed with a sac fly-brining the Mets within a run. Ryan’s RBI single the following inning tied it up at 3 a piece, but he couldn’t hold the lead.
Oliver led off the 7th for the Pirates with a single. Sanguillen sacrificed him to 2nd base. Two batters later manager Gil Hodges elected to intentionally walk Freddie Patek in order to face Buc starter Steve Blass. The strategy failed. Blass singled in Oliver and the next batter, Matt Alou, followed with a single of his own to drive in Patek. Blass silenced the Met bats the final two frames, giving Pittsburgh a 5-3 victory.
Luckily, St. Louis defeated Chicago, so the Mets remained 3.5 games up on the Cubs in the NL East