The Baltimore Orioles evened the World Series at one game apiece with Dave McNally’s 2-0 shutout gem. McNally received all the support he would need in the fourth inning when Boog Powell opened with a tremendous home run down the right field line off Mets’ starter Jerry Koosman. Two pitches later, Brooks Robinson doubled down the left field line, and the typically unflappable Koosman appeared rattled. Dave Johnson struck out, but not before Koosman threw a wild pitch that allowed Robinson to advance to third. Koosman’s second pitch also eluded Jerry Grote allowing Robinson to cross home on the second wild pitch of the inning. Koosman worked around a fielding error by first baseman Donn Clendenon to end the inning.
The Mets were unable to gain any traction against McNally. Al Weis doubled in the third inning, but was stranded there as Koosman grounded out to third and Tommie Agee flew out to left. A pair of walks in the fourth gave the Mets another opportunity, but it was short-lived as Ed Charles flew out to Buford to end the inning. In the ninth, Cleon Jones stretched a line drive to left center into a triple with one out. Clendenon reached first as a hit batsman, and it appeared the Mets may be poised for yet another rally. However, McNally calmly retired Ron Swoboda on a weak grounder to second, and Ed Charles flew harmlessly out to Frank Robinson in right to end the game.
The Series will shift to the wild scene at Shea Stadium for the next three games after a travel day tomorrow. Mets’ rookie Gary Gentry is scheduled to face Orioles’ starter Jim Palmer on Tuesday.