September 30, 1971: Singleton Homers Twice, Seaver Wins 20th

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Date: September 30, 1971
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ken Singleton
Key play: Singleton's home runs

The Mets and Cardinals faced each other on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 42,344 was on hand for the season finale on Fan Appreciation Night. Ken Singleton hit two home runs and Tom Seaver pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts for his 20th win of the year. The Mets defeated St. Louis, 6-1.

Seaver and the Cards' Daryl Patterson each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Tom recorded eight strikeouts without a walk and gave up only two singles. Patterson retired ten straight batters and held the Mets hitless. In the top of the fifth, Seaver fanned Patterson to close out another scoreless inning. Singleton homered to lead off the bottom half to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

After Seaver shut down St. Louis in the top of the sixth, Patterson recorded two ground outs to begin the bottom of the inning. Cleon Jones followed with a double and Ed Kranepool was walked intentionally. Singleton hit a three-run homer to put the Mets four runs ahead. With reliever Jerry Reuss on the mound, Garrett drew a walk that was charged to the departed Patterson.

Jerry Grote singled to continue the inning. Reuss committed a balk that advanced Grote and Garrett to second and third base. Tim Foli followed with a two-run single and went to second on an error by left fielder Lou Brock. Reuss then fanned Seaver for the third out.

Seaver got his 10th and 11th strikeouts of the game in pitching a scoreless top of the seventh. The Mets failed to score against the Cards' Al Santorini in the bottom of the inning. In the eighth, Seaver fanned Julian Javier for the second out before yielding a triple to Jose Cruz and a run-scoring double to Brock. An infield single by Milt Ramirez followed and Tom struck out Luis Melendez to end the inning. Santorini then shut down the Mets again in the bottom of the eighth.

In the top of the ninth inning, Seaver retired Joe Hague and Bob Burda on infield grounders. He gave up a triple to Ted Kubiak and got Bob Stinson on a fly ball to left fielder Jones to end the game. The Mets had closed out the season with Singleton's slugging and Tom's becoming a 20-game winner for the second time in his career.