April 27, 1990: Carreon's Homer Beats Astros

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Date: April 27, 1990
Mets starter: Frank Viola
Mets: 1
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Frank Viola
Key player(s): Mark Carreon, Frank Viola, Wally Whitehurst, John Franco
Key play: Carreon’s home run

The Mets faced the Astros on a Friday night in Houston. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at the Astrodome. Mark Carreon homered for the only run of a 1-0 Mets win.

Frank Viola and the Astros’ Mark Portugal each pitched three innings of one-hit scoreless ball to start the game. Carreon slugged a home run to lead off the top of the fourth. Howard Johnson grounded out to third baseman Ken Caminiti and a strikeout of Darryl Strawberry followed. Kevin McReynolds and Dave Magadan got back-to-back singles and Portugal retired Barry Lyons on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Eric Yelding. Viola then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Portugal hurled a perfect top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Yelding got a bunt single against Viola. Yelding stole second base, but was then caught stealing on catcher Lyons’ throw to third baseman Johnson for the inning’s final out. Johnson and Strawberry got consecutive singles with one out in the top of the sixth. McReynolds flied out to left fielder Casey Candaele and a strikeout of Magadan ended the inning. Mets’ reliever Wally Whitehurst then surrendered only a walk to Candaele in the bottom half.

Portugal yielded just a single to Lyons in the top of the seventh. Whitehurst retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Portugal pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Yielding singled against Whitehurst with one out in the bottom half. Mets’ reliever John Franco retired pinch-hitter Dave Rohde on a ground ball to second baseman Gregg Jefferies and fanned pinch-hitter Alex Trevino for the final out of the inning. Houston’s Juan Agosto and Larry Andersen then combined for a scoreless top of the ninth.

Franco retired Gerald Young on a grounder to shortstop Kevin Elster to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Craig Biggio also grounded out to Elster. John then got Bill Doran to fly out to center fielder Carreon and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the weekend series.