April 14, 2005: Mets Complete Sweep of Astros

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Date: April 14, 2005
Mets starter: Victor Zambrano
Mets: 4
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Mike Matthews
Key player(s): Doug Mientkiewicz, Jose Reyes
Key play: Mientkiewicz’s and Reyes’ singles, Lamb’s error

The Mets faced the Astros on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 4-3 win over Houston.

Craig Biggio doubled against Mets’ starter Victor Zambrano with one out in the top of the first inning. Jeff Bagwell hit a single and Mike Lamb drew a walk to load the bases. Jason Lane flied out to right fielder Victor Diaz and a single by Luke Scott scored Biggio for a 1-0 Astros lead. Zambrano retired Brad Ausmus on a grounder to second baseman Miguel Cairo for the third out and Carlos Beltran got a two-out single against the Houston’s Brandon Backe with two outs in the bottom half. Mike Piazza singled and Doug Mientkiewicz hit a single to drive home Beltran with the tying run. Backe then got David Wright on a pop-up to shortstop Adam Everett to end the inning.

Backe hit a triple with one out in the top of the second. Everett followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Backe and put the Astros ahead, 2-1. Biggio grounded out to first baseman Mientkiewicz to finish off the inning and Backe set down the side in order in the bottom half. Bagwell got a leadoff single in the top of the third. Lamb drew a walk and Lane popped out to Cairo. Scott singled to load the bases and Ausmus hit a ground ball on which third baseman Wright threw to catcher Piazza for an out at home on Bagwell. Zambrano retired Willy Taveras on an inning-ending grounder to Wright. Backe then pitched a perfect bottom half.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Taveras drew a one-out walk in the top of the sixth. Taveras stole second base and advanced to third on Piazza’s throwing error. Backe hit a single to bring home Taveras and increase the Houston lead to 3-1. Everett flied out to center fielder Beltran and a single by Biggio ensued. Zambrano retired Bagwell on a grounder to Wright to close out the inning. Backe then surrendered only a walk to Beltran in the bottom half.

Scott singled against Mets’ reliever Mike Matthews with two outs in the top of the seventh. Ausmus drew a walk and Matthews retired Taveras on an inning-ending pop-up to Mientkiewicz. Wright walked against Backe to lead off the bottom half. Chris Woodward went down on strikes and Diaz hit a double. Against Astros’ reliever John Franco, pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson grounded out to first baseman Bagwell to drive home Wright and send Diaz to third base. Jose Reyes singled to score Diaz and tie the game at 3-3. With Houston’s Dan Wheeler on the mound facing Cairo, Reyes stole second. Cairo reached on an error by third baseman Lamb that allowed Reyes to come home and give the Mets a one-run lead. Beltran drew a walk and Wheeler retired Piazza on a ground ball to Bagwell for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ relievers Manny Aybar and Roberto Hernandez combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Mientkiewicz singled against the Astros’ Chad Harville to open the bottom half. Harville struck out the next three batters to end the inning and New York’s Braden Looper retired Lamb and Lane on consecutive infield grounders to begin the top of the ninth. Looper then got Scott to fly out to left fielder Woodward and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of their first home series of the season.


  • The win for Matthews was his only one as a Met. It was also the fourteenth and last win of his six-season major league career.