Posted by David Whitman at 3:26 PM
Tom Seaver won his 22nd game of the season as New York continued rolling in September-beating the Pirates 5-2. Willie Stargell stroked an RBI single in the 3rd, , putting Pittsburgh up early 1-0. The Mets tied it up in the 7th and took the lead in the top of the 8th.
Buc starter Luke Walker walked two of the first three batters of the inning and then after a passed ball moved those runners up a base, ex-Pirate slugger Donn Clendenon was walked intentionally, loading the bases for Ron Swoboda. He ripped a grand slam, opening up the Met lead to 5-1. The Pirates would add a single run in the 8th but that was it as Seaver went all the way, scattering 6 hits.
Chicago (85-61) lost again, putting New York (88-57) up by 3.5 games-just a week ago they trailed by the same 3.5 games. On August 13th they were in 3rd place, 10 games back of the Cubs. Since then the Mets were 26-6-a miracle was in the making.