April 30, 1992: Fernandez and Murray Bury Astros

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Date: April 30, 1992
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 4
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Jeff Innis
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Dave Magadan, Bobby Bonilla, Eddie Murray
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Astros on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Sid Fernandez recorded twelve strikeouts and Eddie Murray hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning for a 4-3 Mets win over Houston.

Fernandez fanned five batters in pitching perfect first and second innings. Astros’ starter Mark Portugal responded with a pair of scoreless bottom halves and Sid struck out the side in order in the top of the third. Todd Hundley drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Hundley advanced to second base on Portugal’s errant pickoff throw and Dick Schofield walked. A passed ball by catcher Scott Servais moved the runners to second and third. Fernandez went down on strikes and Willie Randolph drew a walk to load the bases. Dave Magadan hit a single to drive home Hundley and Schofield for a 2-0 Mets lead. Portugal then got Bobby Bonilla on a grounder to shortstop Rafael Ramirez for a double play that ended the inning.

Fernandez threw a called third strike past Jeff Bagwell to close out a perfect top of the fourth. Portugal shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Pete Incaviglia doubled to open the top of the fifth. Incaviglia went to third base on Chris Jones’ ground out to second baseman Randolph and scored on a sacrifice fly by Casey Candaele. Servais grounded out to shortstop Schofield to finish off the inning. Portugal then yielded only a double to Schofield in the bottom half.

Fernandez struck out Portugal in setting down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Magadan got a leadoff double in the bottom of the inning. Bonilla singled to bring home Magadan and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Portugal was replaced on the mound by Houston reliever Al Osuna, who retired the next three batters to close out the inning. Fernandez fanned Incaviglia for the final out of a perfect top of the seventh. Osuna then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Fernandez got Chris Jones for his twelfth strikeout to open the top of the eighth. Candaele hit a single and Servais flied out to right fielder Bonilla. Ramirez connected for a two-run homer that tied the game at 3-3. Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis struck out pinch-hitter Eric Yelding to finish off the inning and Magadan singled against the Astros’ Doug Jones to lead off the bottom half. Bonilla hit a single and Howard Johnson was struck out. Murray followed with a single to drive home pinch-runner Rodney McCray and put the Mets back in front by a run. On the play, Bonilla was out via a throw by right fielder Incaviglia to third baseman Candaele. Daryl Boston singled and Doug Jones retired Hundley on a ground ball to second baseman Craig Biggio to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Biggio on a pop-up to Randolph to start the top of the ninth. Steve Finley drew a walk and Franco got Bagwell to hit a grounder to Schofield for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a series-closing victory.

Notes

  • Ramirez’s home run was the 53rd and last of his 13-season major league career.