April 6, 1984: Six Runs in 3rd Lead Mets Over Astros

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Date: April 6, 1984
Mets starter: Walt Terrell
Mets: 8
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Walt Terrell
Key player(s): Walt Terrell, George Foster, Junior Ortiz
Key play: Foster's three-run homer, Ortiz's two-run single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Friday night in Houston. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored six runs in the third inning and rolled to an 8-1 win.

Wally Backman singled against Astros' starter Mike Scott to lead off the top of the first inning. Jose Oquendo followed with a single that sent Backman to third base. With Keith Hernandez at bat, Oquendo stole second. Hernandez grounded out to first baseman Ray Knight to drive home Backman and advance Oquendo to third. George Foster hit a grounder on which third baseman Denny Walling threw to catcher Alan Ashby for an out at home on Oquendo. Scott struck out Darryl Strawberry to end the inning. Mets' starter Walt Terrell then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Following a scoreless second inning, Backman hit a single to begin the top of the third. Wally moved around to third base on Oquendo's ensuing single and Hernandez struck out. Foster hit a three-run homer to extend the Mets' lead to 4-0. Strawberry singled and Scott was replaced on the mound by Houston reliever Mike Madden. Strawberry stole second and Hubie Brooks drew a walk. Danny Heep hit a double to score Strawberry. A single by Junior Ortiz plated Brooks and Heep for six runs in the inning and a 7-0 Mets lead. Madden struck out Terrell and issued a walk to pinch-hitter Ron Gardenhire. Oquendo hit a ground ball to shortstop Dickie Thon for the final out of the inning. Terrell then set down the Astros in order in the bottom half.

Madden and Terrell each gave up a hit in a scoreless fourth inning. The Mets failed to score in the top of the fifth and Jose Cruz singled to open the bottom half. Jerry Mumphrey drew a walk and Cruz advanced to third base on Knight's fly out to center fielder Strawberry. Walling hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Cruz. Terrell then retired Ashby on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Gardenhire.

Oquendo got a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Hernandez reached on an error by second baseman Bill Doran. Foster doubled to score Oquendo with the Mets' eighth run of the game. Strawberry went down on strikes and Brooks was walked intentionally to load the bases. Madden got Heep to ground out to Doran and end the inning. Terrell then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Houston reliever Mike LaCoss shut down the Mets in the seventh and eighth innings. Terrell responded with a pair of scoreless bottom halves. For the Astros, Dave Smith pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Doran started the bottom of the inning with a fly out to right fielder Heep. Terry Puhl flied out to Strawberry and a walk to Thon ensued. Terrell then retired Cruz on a game-ending ground ball to Gardenhire. The Mets had a solid victory to begin the weekend series.

Notes

  • This was regular season win No. 1500 for the Mets in their history.