The Pirates opened their five-game series in New York with a 7-6 loss. The lead changed hands several times, but the Giants had the last rally. The Pirates’ NL lead over the home team dropped to one game.
The Bucs took the early lead in dramatic fashion against New York’s Kent Greenfield. With one out in the top of the first, Eddie Moore and Kiki Cuyler hit back-to-back home runs. Moore’s longball was his third, Cuyler’s his ninth. Moore and Cuyler helped extend the lead to 3-0 in the top of the third. The two hit singles to put runners on the corners and a ground out by Pie Traynor plated Moore.
The Giants got on the board in the bottom of the third due to Vic Aldridge’s wildness. Two walks and a single in between loaded the bases with one out. Aldridge struck out the dangerous George Kelly, but walked the equally dangerous Bill Terry to force in a run.
The score stayed 3-1 until the bottom of the fifth, when the Giants jumped on Aldridge for four runs. Frankie Frisch led off the inning with a home run. A single and a walk followed, and Terry doubled to drive in two runs, then took third on a wild throw home by Glenn Wright. Bill McKechnie replaced Aldridge with Tom Sheehan, who let Terry in on a wild pitch to put the Giants up 5-3.
Sheehan got the last three outs and retired New York in the sixth, and the Bucs took the lead in the top of the seventh. A single and two walks loaded the bases with one out for Clyde Barnhart, who beat out a grounder to third to drive in a run. Pie Traynor popped up to shortstop deep behind third and, when Eddie Moore tried to tag up and score, catcher Frank Snyder failed to handle the throw. Another error, this one on a bad throw by third baseman Frisch, brought in a third run to put the Pirates back up, 6-5.
Sheehan held onto the lead in the bottom of the seventh, but he couldn’t get the Giants out in the eighth. Freddie Lindstrom singled and stole second, then scored on a one-out double by Ross Youngs. McKechnie turned to Babe Adams, but he walked Frisch and gave up a two-out single to Kelly, putting the Giants ahead, 7-6.
John McGraw sent Art Nehf out to pitch the ninth and he walked Moore leading off. Cuyler, however, hit into a double play and Barnhart grounded out.
Sheehan took the loss, leaving him 2-1 on the year. Moore reached base four times and scored three times.