July 21, 1965: Jackson 2-Hits Pirates
|Date: July 21, 1965|
|Mets starter: Al Jackson|
|Winning pitcher: Al Jackson|
|Key player(s): Al Jackson|
|Key play: Mazeroski's error in 5th|
The Mets and Pirates faced each other on a Wednesday night at Forbes Field. Al Jackson and Pittsburgh's Don Cardwell threw complete games in a tight pitchers' duel. The Mets emerged with a 1-0 victory as Jackson wound up with a two-hit shutout.
Jackson kept the Pirates hitless for seven innings. He retired the first 11 batters of the game before Roberto Clemente reached on an error in the fourth. Al then set down eight consecutive Pittsburgh batsmen before walking Clemente in the seventh and getting Donn Clendenon to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Cardwell had shut down the Mets on two hits through four innings. In the fifth, Pirates' second baseman Bill Mazeroski made an error on a ball hit by Jackson that allowed Chuck Hiller to score from second base. The Mets also got leadoff singles from Johnny Lewis and Ron Swoboda to start the seventh, but did not add to their lead. Cardwell then retired the Mets in order in the top of the eighth.
Willie Stargell ended Jackson's no-hit bid with a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth. Al retired the next two batters, but Ozzie Virgil singled and advanced to second on an error to begin the ninth. Jackson then set down three straight Pirate hitters to end the game. The Mets had their 30th win of the year.