April 29, 1987: Keith and El Sid Beat Astros

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Date: April 29, 1987
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 2
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Hernandez’s home run and single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and forty-minute game. Sid Fernandez compiled seven shutout innings and Keith Hernandez drove in two runs in a 2-1 Mets win over Houston.

Fernandez and Astros’ starter Mike Scott each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Glenn Davis singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Kevin Bass hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Rafael Santana and a strikeout of Jim Pankovitz ensued. Fernandez retired Alan Ashby on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra. Leading off the bottom half, Hernandez hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Gary Carter singled and Darryl Strawberry flied out to left fielder Pankovitz. Kevin McReynolds went down on strikes and Howard Johnson grounded back to Scott for the inning’s third out.

Fernandez surrendered only a walk to Scott in the top of the fifth. Sid got a one-out single in the bottom half. Dykstra singled and Wally Backman was struck out. Hernandez followed with a single to score Fernandez and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Carter went down on strikes to close out the inning and Fernandez yielded just a single to Phil Garner in the top of the sixth. Scott then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Fernandez gave up only a leadoff single to Ashby in the top of the seventh. Houston reliever Bob Knepper struck out the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Billy Hatcher singled against the Mets’ Doug Sisk to open the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Denny Walling followed with a ground ball to second baseman Backman for a double play. Sisk retired Davis on a grounder to Backman to end the inning. Knepper then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Bass hit a double against Sisk to begin the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco got pinch-hitter Terry Puhl to fly out to right fielder Strawberry. Ashby flied out to center fielder Mookie Wilson and a single by pinch-hitter Mark Bailey brought home Bass with the Astros’ first run. Orosco then fanned pinch-hitter Jose Cruz for the game’s final out. The Mets had come away with a victory.