April 17, 1994: Kent's Homers Defeat Astros

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Date: April 17, 1994
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 4
Astros: 2
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Jeff Kent, Todd Hundley
Key play: Hundley's homer in 7th, Kent's homer in 8th

On the 30th anniversary of the first game at Shea Stadium, the Mets and Astros played on an overcast Sunday afternoon at the big ballpark in Queens. Jeff Kent and Todd Hundley provided all the offense that Bobby Jones and the Mets would need to win the game. The final score was 4-2 in favor of New York.

The Astros got off to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Mike Felder and Craig Biggio got singles off Jones before Jeff Bagwell hit a sacrifice fly to score Felder. The Mets tied the game when Kent homered off Houston starter Darryl Kile to begin the bottom of the second inning.

In the top of the fourth, Bagwell led off with a home run to put the Astros back in front. Jones then shut down Houston, allowing only two more singles through the eighth. In the meantime, Hundley hit a home run off Kile with two out in the seventh to tie the game for the Mets again, 2-2.

Todd Jones came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth for the Astros. Joe Orsulak got a one-out single and Kent came up to the plate. Jeff nailed his second homer of the game, giving the Mets a two-run lead. John Franco then retired the Houston hitters in order in the top of the ninth to finish off the Mets' win.

Notes

  • Kent's home runs were his fifth and sixth of the Mets' five-game homestand. For his accomplishment, Jeff was named National League Player of the Week.