Garfields 12-17, Kennedys 13-15
Pitcher use update: Marichal and Young need three games, Keefe and Gibson two.
Game One: Garfields 2, Kennedys 1
WP: Keefe (4-3)
LP: Gibson (5-2)
Save: Rusie (2)
Game Two: Garfields 2, Kennedys 0
WP: Young (3-4)
LP: Marichal (2-4)
The Garfields fell out of the race early, but they've now won seven of their last eight and eight of their last 10.
Pitching and defense ruled this series, with Tim Keefe outdueling Bob Gibson in the opener and Cy Young tossing one of the best games of the season in the finale.
Keefe went eight innings in game one, allowing six hits and one run. The key inning came in the seventh; with the score tied at one, Luis Aparicio led off with a triple. Keefe fanned Gibson, then passed Joe Morgan and Robin Yount before inducing a double-play grounder from Hank Aaron.
The Garfields responded by scoring in the bottom of the frame, with Ed Delahanty doubling home King Kelly.
Gibson allowed nine hits in his eight innings, twice pitching out of bases-loaded, two-out situations.
The Garfields scored twice in the first inning of the second game -- single by Jesse Burkett, triple by Sam Thompson, grounder by Delahanty -- and Young made those tallies stand up.
Old Cy tossed a two-hitter, allowing just three baserunners all game. Only one man reached second (Yount on a second-inning double). Young retired 20 men in a row at one point. He walked one and struck out four.