June 26, 1967: Charles' Single Wins It in 9th
|Date: June 26, 1967|
|Mets starter: Bob Shaw|
|Winning pitcher: Ron Taylor|
|Key player(s): Ed Charles, Ken Boyer|
|Key play: Boyer's home run, Charles' single|
The Mets faced the Pirates on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams combined for 21 hits, but left a collective total of 15 runners on base. The Mets came up with a 3-2 victory on Ed Charles' run-scoring single in the ninth inning.
Bob Shaw and Pittsburgh's Steve Blass started the game by pitching two scoreless innings apiece. In the third, Roberto Clemente's single scored Matty Alou to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Blass shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning, striking out Cleon Jones for the third out.
From the fourth inning to the sixth, Shaw and Blass allowed two hits each while pitching shutout ball. Leading off the top of the seventh, Bill Mazeroski homered for Pittsburgh's second run of the game. Ed Kranepool singled to begin the bottom half, but the Mets did not score against Blass.
Shaw shut down the Pirates in the top of the eighth inning. In the bottom half, Jones singled off Blass with two out. Ken Boyer followed with a home run to tie the game at 2-2. After walking Tommy Davis, Blass was replaced by Pittsburgh reliever Juan Pizarro. Davis stole second base, but Pizarro struck out Kranepool for the final out of the inning.
Mets' reliever Ron Taylor pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Jerry Buchek singled off the Pirates' Roy Face with one out in the bottom half. John Sullivan followed with a single to advance Buchek to third base. Pinch-hitting for Taylor, Charles delivered a single to left field to score Buchek and end the game. The Mets had an exciting come-from-behind win.