June 24, 1970: Mets Enter First Place with Sweep

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Date: June 24, 1970
Mets starter: Nolan Ryan
Mets: 6
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Nolan Ryan
Key player(s): Nolan Ryan, Wayne Garrett
Key play: Mets' 5 singles in 2nd

The Mets and Cubs played a doubleheader at Wrigley Field on a Wednesday afternoon. Looking for a sweep of the twinbill, the Mets had Nolan Ryan on the mound to face Chicago. Ryan and Tug McGraw combined for a two-hitter in a 6-1 win that put the Mets into first place in the National League East Division.

In the first inning, the Cubs got a run against Ryan. Don Kessinger led off with a single and stole second base. He then advanced to third and home on two ground outs to second baseman Ken Boswell for a 1-0 Chicago lead.

In the top of the second, Art Shamsky and Dave Marshall led off with singles against Cubs' starter Archie Reynolds. Boswell followed with a ground out to score Shamsky from third and tie the game for the Mets. Wayne Garrett's single scored Marshall to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. After Reynolds struck out Duffy Dyer, a single by Ryan moved Garrett to second and Wayne scored on Tommie Agee's single for the Mets' third run of the inning.

Ryan retired the Cubs in order in the bottom of the second inning. In the third, he walked J. C. Martin and Reynolds before retiring the next three batters. Nolan followed up with four consecutive perfect innings while the Mets increased their lead to 5-1 on Dyer's run-scoring single and Bud Harrelson's sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh.

The Mets scored again in the eighth when Garrett doubled to bring home Shamsky. McGraw retired the Cubs in the bottom half, allowing only a single to Ernie Banks. Tug then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out Billy Williams and Jim Hickman to end the game. The Mets had entered first place in the East with a doubleheader sweep.