April 26, 1970: Jorgensen's First Homer Beats Dodgers

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Date: April 26, 1970
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Mike Jorgensen, Donn Clendenon, Tom Seaver
Key play: Clendenon's & Jorgensen's home runs

The Mets and Dodgers played on a Sunday afternoon at Los Angeles. After a pair of 1-0 losses, the Mets looked to avoid a sweep of the three-game series. They came away with a 3-1 win as Mike Jorgensen's first major league home run put them ahead to stay.

Tom Seaver started the game with three perfect innings. Seaver struck out three batters in keeping the Dodgers off base. Meanwhile, the Mets took a 1-0 lead on Donn Clendenon's second inning homer off Los Angeles starter Sandy Vance, who was making his making his major league debut.

Vance set down the Mets in order in the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom half, Seaver retired the first two batters before giving up back-to-back doubles to Willie Davis and Andy Kosco that tied the game for the Dodgers. Willie Crawford followed with a single on which Kosco tried to score. Mets' left fielder Dave Marshall's throw nailed Kosco at the plate for the third out of the inning.

Following a scoreless fifth, Jorgensen led off the top of the sixth against Vance. Mike hit the first home run of his major league career to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. The Mets scored again in the inning when Bud Harrelson stole home with two out. Seaver then retired Los Angeles in order in the bottom of the inning.

In the seventh, Tom recorded his second consecutive 1-2-3 inning. Wes Parker doubled to lead off the bottom of the eighth for the Dodgers, but was left on base as Seaver set down the next three batters. The Mets were then held scoreless in the top of the ninth by Los Angeles reliever Camilo Pascual.

Davis got his second double off Seaver with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Tom followed up by striking out Kosco to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Seaver's complete game and Jorgensen's first career homer.