April 28, 1992: Cone and Murray Stifle Astros

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Date: April 28, 1992
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 4
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Eddie Murray
Key play: Murray’s double and single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. David Cone pitched a two-hitter with eleven strikeouts and Eddie Murray drove in four runs to lead the Mets to a 4-0 win over Houston.

Cone fanned Craig Biggio to begin a scoreless and hitless top of the first inning. Willie Randolph singled against Astros’ starter Butch Henry to lead off the bottom half. Dave Magadan followed with a single to advance Randolph to third base. Bobby Bonilla lined out to shortstop Andujar Cedeno and a called third strike was thrown past Howard Johnson. Murray hit a double to drive home Randolph and Magadan for a 2-0 Mets lead. Henry then struck out Todd Hundley to end the inning.

Cone recorded six strikeouts in pitching scoreless and hitless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Henry shut down the Mets in the bottom halves and David fanned Casey Candaele for the start of a perfect top of the fifth. Magadan doubled against Henry with one out in the bottom of the inning. Bonilla and Johnson followed with back-to-back walks that loaded the bases. Murray hit a single to score Magadan and Bonilla with the Mets’ third and fourth runs of the game. Houston reliever Rob Murphy retired Hundley on a fly ball to center fielder Steve Finley. Murphy then got Daryl Boston to hit a ground ball back to the mound and finish off the inning.

Cone surrendered just a walk to pinch-hitter Rafael Ramirez in the top of the sixth. Murphy hurled a scoreless bottom half and David struck out Pete Incaviglia to end a perfect top of the seventh. Murphy yielded only a walk to Randolph in the bottom of the inning and Ed Taubensee walked with one out in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Benny Distefano singled for the Astros’ first hit and pinch-hitter Eric Anthony drew a walk to load the bases. Cone fanned both Biggio and Finley for his tenth and eleventh strikeouts to end the inning. Houston reliever Ryan Bowen then gave up just a single to Boston in the bottom half.

Jeff Bagwell hit a single to open the top of the ninth. Luis Gonzalez followed with a double play ground ball to second baseman Randolph. Cone then got Incaviglia to fly out to center fielder Johnson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on David’s two-hit shutout.