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Mets Top League-Leading Giants at Candlestick, 4-3

June 29, 1964 - Jesse Gonder’s two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning gave the New York Mets an unexpected 4-3 victory over the league-leading San Francisco Giants tonight at Candlestick Park.

The first-pitch blow by Gonder off Bob Bolin suddenly reversed matters just when it seemed the Giants would post their sixth straight victory, which would have been a National League high this year.

But, after getting Ed Kranepool on a grounder to start the ninth, Bolin lost Larry Elliot on a 3-2 pitch that was just enough outside to become Bolin’s third walk of the night. On the next delivery, Gonder slammed the ball far over the right-field fence.

This made a winner out of Alvin Jackson, who had taken over the Met pitching in the seventh. Jack Fisher, a former Giant, worked the first six. Jackson’s victory ended a personal seven-game losing streak.

With two out in the bottom of the ninth, Duke Snider was due to bat against Jackson, but manager Alvin Dark switched to Jim Davenport — who look at a full-count third strike.

The Mets have now won five of the 10 games they’ve played with the Giants this year, but the Giants retained first place by half a game because Philadelphia also lost.


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