Tom Seaver pitched a masterful two-hit shutout as the New York Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 2-0, to even the 1969 World Series at two games apiece. Seaver faced the minimum number of batters until the sixth inning as two New York double plays erased Oriole base runners. Donn Clendenon’s second inning home run gave Seaver an early lead, and Tommie Agee’s RBI double in the eighth scoring pinch-runner Rod Gaspar provided an unused insurance policy for Seaver who had advanced Gaspar to third with his own base hit to center.
The Orioles led off the first two innings with baserunners. In the first, Don Buford drew a leadoff walk, but was quickly erased on a twin killing by the Mets’ infield. The Orioles’ leading hitter in the Series, Boog Powell, doubled to open the second, but he too was doubled off as Seaver snared a line drive off the bat of Brooks Robinson and caught Powell flat-footed for a double play. In the Orioles’ sixth, Mark Belanger also doubled for the visitor’s second and final hit on the afternoon. But, Belanger was stranded at second as Cuellar grounded out and Buford popped out to third baseman Ed Charles.
The victory marked Seaver’s second of the Series, and should the Series go to seven games, a rematch of Seaver and Cuellar is likely. Tomorrow’s contest, the final game at Shea Stadium, will pair southpaws New York’s Jerry Koosman and Dave McNally for Baltimore.