The Giants, led by Clyde King, were just 2.5 games out of first tied for second with the Astros & Braves, all trailing the first place Dodgers & Reds, who were tied at the top.
The Mets sent young Gary Gentry to the mound, Gentry had not had credit for a win in over a month (July 15th). In that time he was 0-3 with three no decisions. He faced off against Hall of Famer, Juan Marichal, a Mets nemisis.
This game was all about pitching. The Mets Gary Gentry pitched ten innings, allowing no runs on just four hits & four walks, while striking out five.
In the 2nd inning, with two outs he gave up his first hit & a walk but got Hal Lanier to strike out ending a threat. In the 5th with Lanier on first, Juan Marichal reached on a sacrifice bunt, putting two men on with two outs. Gentry got former Met, Ron Hunt to ground out to end the threat.
Lanier got his second hit in the 7th but was left stranded. In the 9th inning, Willie McCovey led off with a walk. With two outs, future Met Dave Marshall, pinch hit & was intentionally walked. Pinch hitter, Jim Davenport (hitting for Lanier) grounded out to end the inning. The fans cheered Gentry.
Gentry got thru the 10th & was relieved by Tug McGraw in the 11th inning. He gave up a single to Bob Burba but he was thrown out at second by Cleon Jones, trying to stretch it into a double. McGraw walked Jack Hiatt but retired Don Mason to end the 11th. Tug rolled through the next three innings, retiring nine straight batters. In four innings, he allowed just one hit & one walk with no runs & no Ks.
On the other side of the diamond, Juan Marichal was also outstanding. Marichal, always tough on the Mets, scattered six hits, fanning 13 Mets in 13 innings, walking just one. He shut the Mets out for the 13 innings but New York got to him in the 14th.
With one out, the Mets leading HR hitter Tommie Agee connected for his 21st of the year. Agee's walk off gave the Mets an exciting 1-0 win that just delighted the Shea Faithful.
Marichal took his ninth loss of the year, going to 14-9 with a 2.30 ERA. Tug McGraw earned his sixth win (6-2) while posting a 2.69 ERA.