It was back to Shea for a doubleheader to kick off a four game series against Pittsburgh. Nolan Ryan started game one-he didn’t make it of the 2nd inning. Roberto Clemente singled to start the 2nd, then after Al Oliver flied out, Manny Sanguillen singled and Richie Hebner walked. Ryan then walked in a run before striking out Buc starter Bob Veale but his night ended when Matty Alou’s 2-run single put the Pirates up 3-0. They would go on to win 8-2.
Jim McAndrew started the second game and was hit hard early. Pittsburgh used five singles to score three runs in the 1st on their way to shutting out the Mets, 8-0. Chicago, who split a pair in St. Louis, picked up a game and now trailed New York by 4.