Mets ace Tom Seaver (21-7) took on Luke Walker (2-5).
Tom Terrific was just that, he pitched his 12th complete game of the season allowing two runs on six hits with four strike outs & an unusual high five walks. It was his 7th win in a row, number 21 of the year (21-7) He was posting one of the leagues best ERA's at 2.41 as well.
Seaver allowed an RBI single to Willie Stargell which gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Luke Walker held the Mets scoreless until the 7th inning. With one out Ed Charles drew a walk. Jerry Grote then singled to right field, Ed Charles "the Glider" went to third. He scored on a Pirate error tying the game at one.
In the top of the 8th, Bud Harrelson & Tommie Agee both drew walks. After pitcher Chuck Hartenstein threw a wild pitch, he intentionally walked Don Clendenon. With the bases loaded Ron Swoboda connected with a grand slam HR. It was his 7th HR of the year & sealed the Mets 5-2 win.
The Mets gained a game on the Cubs going up by 3 1/2 games, as they lost to the Cardinals 7-4.