Twenty-three year old Jim Palmer scattered five hits as the Baltimore Orioles assured a return trip home with a 5-1 victory over the New York Mets in Game 3 of the World Series. Palmer quieted the anxious overflow crowd at Shea Stadium with his performance. Paul Blair gave Palmer all the runs he would need with a third-inning RBI single and a sixth-inning home run. Boog Powell connected with his third circuit clout of this series, a three-run blow off reliever Tug McGraw, that sealed the win in the ninth. Blair finished with three hits on the afternoon.
Fellow 23-year-old moundsman, Gary Gentry, perhaps deserved a better fate as surrendered only four hits over eight innings of work. However, New York could not find a timely hit to reward Gentry. Red Garrett, making his first Series start, singled in the first with one out and promptly stole second. But, Cleon Jones struck out, and after a Art Shamsky walk, Ken Boswell flew out to right to end the inning. In the fourth, Shamsky, celebrating his 28th birthday, smacked a one-out double, but after a free pass to Boswell, Ed Kranepool and Jerry Grote failed to deliver against Palmer.
New York managed to score in the ninth after Jones doubled and scored on Boswell’s single over second base. The teams will return their Game 1 starters, Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar and New York’s Tom Seaver, to the hill for Game 4.