April 21, 1980: Burris and Allen Blank Phils

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Date: April 21, 1980
Mets starter: Ray Burris
Mets: 3
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Ray Burris
Key player(s): Ray Burris, Neil Allen, Joel Youngblood
Key play: Youngblood’s single

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Monday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Ray Burris and Neil Allen combined for a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win.

Burris and the Phils’ Steve Carlton each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. Ray gave up a single and a pair of walks while Carlton surrendered only a base on balls to Joel Youngblood. A single by John Stearns opened the top of the fourth. Stearns advanced to second base on Lee Mazzilli’s ground out to third baseman Mike Schmidt and scored the game’s first run on a single by Youngblood. On his own hit, Joel was out via a throw by left fielder Greg Luzinski to second baseman Luis Aguayo. Steve Henderson drew a walk and Carlton got Jerry Morales on a force play ground ball to shortstop Larry Bowa to end the inning. Burris then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half.

Elliott Maddox singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Doug Flynn hit a single and Burris followed with a force play bunt to first baseman Pete Rose. Frank Taveras singled to drive home Flynn and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Burris advanced to third base after Stearns’ fly out to center fielder Garry Maddox. Carlton got Mazzilli on a force play grounder to Bowa to close out the inning. Ray then yielded only a single to Rose in the bottom half.

Carlton set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Luzinski singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Bob Boone drew a walk and Burris retired Bowa on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Youngblood. Carlton hurled a perfect top of the seventh and Rose hit a two-out triple in the bottom half. Burris then got Bake McBride to fly out to left fielder Henderson and end the inning.

Taveras singled against Philadelphia reliever Ron Reed to begin the top of the eighth. Stearns was hit by a pitch and a double steal moved the runners to second and third base. Mazzilli grounded out to Rose and an intentional walk to Youngblood loaded the bases. Henderson hit a force play ground ball to Bowa that brought home Taveras with the Mets’ third run of the game. Reed struck out Morales to finish off the inning and Schmidt drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Allen came in to pitch for New York and retired Luzinski on a fly ball to Youngblood. Neil then got Boone to fly out to Henderson and end the inning.

Reed pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Bowa grounded out to second baseman Flynn to lead off the bottom half. Greg Gross popped out to shortstop Taveras and a single by pinch-hitter Del Unser ensued. Allen then retired Rose on a fly ball to center fielder Morales for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the series.