Monday, September 5, 1960---The second-place Braves came into Pittsburgh needing a sweep. But the teams split a Labor Day doubleheader to keep the Braves 6˝ games behind. The first game matched Warren Spahn against Bob Friend. The Braves led 3-0 after their first 3 batters in the top of the first after Spangler walked, Crandall singled and Mathews went deep. The Bucs got 1 in the second when Smith tripled and Hoak singled to make it 4-1. When the Braves began the fourth inning with a triple by Bruton and a single by Logan to taker a 5-1 lead, Fred Green relieved Friend.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Smith singled and Hoak hit his 15th HR of the year to make it 5-3. Mazeroski then singled, as did Skinner, who batted for Green. With two outs, Groat doubled to score both Mazeroski and Skinner, tying the game at 5-5. Clemente reached on an error to firstbaseman Adcoch and Stuart connected with a 3-run HR (#18) to make it a 7-run rally that knocked out Braves starter Warren Spahn (17-8). The Braves got a run back against George Witt in the seventh to make it 8-5 as Face relieved Witt. Face singled to begin the eighth for the Bucs, advanced on a single by Groat and scored on an error by reliever Carl Willey, making it 9-5. The Braves made it close with 2 in the ninth against Face, but the Pirates held on for a 9-7 win. Fred Green (7-4) got the win. Face got his 21st save. Groat (.325), Smith (.307) and Hoak (.273) each had 2 hits. Face’s single raised his batting average to .375 (6 for 16).
Game 1 Starting lineup:
In game 2, Bob Buhl (14-8) held the Pirates to 1 run and the Braves got to Harvey Haddix (10-9) for 2 in the third and 4 in the fourth. Haddix was relieved in the fourth after a 3-run double by Chuck Cottier. 41-year old Diomedes Olivo relieved Haddix and pitched 2 scoreless innings. And at age 41, Olivo was making his major league debut. He pitched 150 innings for the AAA Columbus Jets with a 2.88 ERA, giving up just 113 hits with 128 Ks and only 37 BBs. He was the oldest rookie in MLB history other than Satchel Paige. Olivo was added to the expanded September roster for the stretch run. Tom Cheney also pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief. The Pirates got a run in the sixth when Groat single, Skinner walked, a force out advanced Groat to third and Burgess singled to make it a 6-1 game. Coach Mickey Vernon got his second at bat of the season when he flied out, batting for Cheney in the seventh. With the Bucs trailing, reserve infielder Gene Baker entered the game at 3B to give Hoak a rest and got a single in 2 at bats. It was the first hit for Baker (.179) since June 25th. But the Braves got a run off Fred Green in the eighth to close out the scoring at 7-1. Burgess (.289) and Mazeroski (.271) each had 2 hits.
Game 2 Starting lineup:
The Pirates (81-51) led both the Braves and Cardinals (74-57) by 6.5 games. The Orioles split a doubleheader with the Senators while the Yankees were sweeping two from the Red Sox. The Orioles now led the Yankees by 1 game.