April 11, 2005: Mets Defeat Astros in Home Opener

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Date: April 11, 2005
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 8
Astros: 4
Winning pitcher: Roberto Hernandez
Key player(s): Kazuo Matsui
Key play: Mets' 5-run 8th

The Mets faced the Astros in their first home game of the season on a Monday afternoon. A crowd of 53,663 was on hand at Shea Stadium for the event. The Mets came out with an 8-4 win over Houston.

The Astros scored a run against Mets' starter Tom Glavine in the top of the first inning. Morgan Ensberg doubled with two out to bring home Craig Biggio. Glavine held the Astros scoreless for the next five innings while Houston's Andy Pettitte shut down the Mets on five hits up to the end of the fifth.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Cliff Floyd and David Wright led off with singles for the Mets. Following a sacrifice bunt by Doug Mientkiewicz, Floyd came home on a single by Victor Diaz. Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo followed with another single to score Wright and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. With two out in the inning, Diaz and Cairo pulled off a double steal and Kazuo Matsui got a bunt single against Astros' reliever Dan Wheeler to bring home Diaz with the Mets' third run.

A single by Adam Everett off reliever Manny Aybar scored Orlando Palmeiro for Houston's second run in the seventh inning. In the eighth, the Astros took a 4-3 lead on a triple by Jason Lane that brought home Ensberg and a pinch-hit double by Jose Vizcaino on which Lane scored. Mets' reliever Roberto Hernandez then came into the game and retired the next three batters with no further scoring.

Houston reliever Russ Springer walked Diaz with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pinch-hitting for Hernandez, Marlon Anderson followed with a single to send Diaz to third base. Jose Reyes hit into a force play on which Diaz scored the tying run. Reyes stole second base and Matsui singled him home to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Matsui later scored on an error by right fielder Lane. Springer was then replaced on the mound by John Franco.

Floyd greeted the former Met reliever with a single that brought home Carlos Beltran and Ramon Castro. The Mets had five runs in the inning to take a four-run lead. Astros reliever Chad Qualls then got Wright on a fly ball to end the inning.

Braden Looper pitched a perfect top of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the home half of their season. The fans at Shea were sent home happy.