July 13, 1975: Pete Rose’s bases loaded two-run single drives in the go-ahead run to give the Reds a 5-3 come from behind victory over Tom Seaver and the New York Mets. For the Reds, this makes the 41st win in their last 50 games and propels them to a 12 1/2 game lead over the second place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Western Division.
The Mets reached Reds starter Gary Nolan for three runs in the top of the first of the first inning on run scoring singles by Ed Kranepool and Mike Phillips. Nolan and Reds relievers Will McEnaney, Pedro Borbon, and Rawly Eastwick held the Mets scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Meanwhile, Seaver was dominant over the first six innings, allowing only two walks and two singles, while striking out seven. However, things changed in the seventh. With the Mets leading 3-0, Joe Morgan drew a walk to lead off the inning, stole second, and advanced to third on a passed ball with no one out. Johnny Bench grounded out to third base, but Dan Driessen doubled to the leftcenter field gap to get the Reds on the board. Tony Perez struck out, but Cesar Geronimo reached on an infield hit, and Dave Concepcion singled to center field scoring Driessen with Geronimo stopping at second base. Pinch hitter Terry Crowley walked to load the bases. Reliever Rick Baldwin replaced Seaver and Rose greeted him with a single to centerfield scoring both Concepcion and Geronimo to give the Reds the lead. The Reds added an eighth inning insurance run on a Perez single then held on to win 5-3.
The Reds impressive 41-9 run had also begun with a win over Seaver and the Mets. On May 21st, the Reds were 20-20 and tied for second with the Giants, five games behind the division leading Dodgers. The Mets again struck first, this time against Reds starter Jack Billingham. Kranepool struck a sacrifice fly to score an unearned run in the first, and then singles by Jerry Grote and Del Unser plated two more runs to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.
The Reds reached Seaver and tied the game in the fourth when Bench doubled home Morgan and Perez launched a two-run homer to tie the game. The Reds chased Seaver in the fifth when they scored twice to take the lead. Rose reached on an error and Ken Griffey walked. Morgan grounded out to first base with both runners advancing. Bench popped up, but Perez singled to score two unearned runs. Geronimo singled to centerfield with Perez stopping at second base, but a balk advanced both runners into scoring position. Concepcion singled to left, scoring both Geronimo and Perez with two more unearned runs, giving the Reds a 7-3 lead and sending Seaver to an early shower.
The Mets drew within 7-4 on a seventh inning Unser single, but Concepcion homered in the bottom half of the seventh to make the score 8-4. In the eighth inning, Doug Flynn connected for his first major league home run, a three-run shot off former Red Tom Hall to provide the final 11-4 margin and spur the Reds to their 41-9 run on their way to their 1975 World Series championship run.