October 3, 1972: Seaver Wins 21st

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Date: October 3, 1972
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Dave Schneck, Ken Boswell
Key play: Boswell’s single, Schneck’s home run

The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. Tom Seaver took the mound for the Mets in the opener of the twinbill at Jarry Park. Seaver recorded his 21st win of the season in the Mets’ 5-2 victory over Montreal.

Seaver and the Expos’ Steve Renko each started the game with five scoreless innings pitched. Tom yielded three Montreal singles while Renko struck out seven consecutive New York batters and gave up only a single to Don Hahn. With one out in the top of the sixth, Wayne Garrett tripled to right field. Ken Boswell hit a single to drive home Garrett and a walk to John Milner followed. Ed Kranepool was retired on a line drive to shortstop Hector Torres. Dave Schneck hit a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Renko got Duffy Dyer on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Ron Fairly. Seaver then surrendered just a walk to Mike Jorgensen in the bottom half.

Seaver and Expos’ reliever John Strohmayer each hurled perfect seventh and eighth innings. Leading off the top of the ninth, Kranepool doubled against Montreal’s Joe Gilbert. Schneck fouled out to catcher Tim McCarver and a ground out by Dyer to Torres advanced Kranepool to third base. Hahn hit a single to score Kranepool with the Mets’ fifth run. Gilbert then retired Ted Martinez on a pop-up to second baseman Ron Hunt to end the inning.

Jorgensen fouled out to catcher Dyer to begin the bottom of the ninth. Consecutive homers by Fairly and Jim Fairey ensued. Boots Day and Coco Laboy followed with back-to-back singles to left field. Pinch-hitter Hal Breeden went down on strikes. Seaver then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Bob Bailey to end the game. The Mets had begun the doubleheader with Tom’s 21st and final win of the year.