June 24, 1971: Seaver Hits Winning Homer
|Date: June 24, 1971|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver|
|Key player(s): Tom Seaver|
|Key play: Seaver's home run in 8th|
The Mets and Expos began a five-game series at Jarry Park on a Thursday night. Tom Seaver pitched a complete game to record his ninth win of the season. Seaver's own home run put the Mets ahead to stay in a 2-1 victory.
Seaver and Montreal's Bill Stoneman each allowed one run and four hits over the first seven innings. The Expos scored in the bottom of the second when Bob Bailey led off with a double and came home on John Bateman's ensuing single. In the fourth, Ed Kranepool's one-out single scored Mike Jorgensen to tie the game for the Mets. Both pitchers threw one-hit ball from the fifth to the seventh in keeping the 1-1 score intact.
Stoneman retired the first two hitters in the top of the eighth inning. Seaver came to bat and hit a home run to put the Mets in front. Tom made the lead stand up by shutting down the Expos in the bottom of the inning.
In the ninth, Seaver retired the Expos in order to end the game. The Mets had begun the long weekend series with a win. The result was unique in that Seaver had won his own game with a homer.