April 9, 1994: Mets Defeat Astros With 12-Hit Attack

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Date: April 9, 1994
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 8
Astros: 2
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Ryan Thompson, Todd Hundley, Jose Vizcaino, Bret Saberhagen
Key play: Mets’ homers in 3rd and 4th

The Mets faced the Astros on a Saturday night in Houston. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series at the Astrodome. The Mets collected a total of twelve hits in an 8-2 win.

Jose Vizcaino led off the top of the first inning with a single to left field. A line drive by Todd Hundley was caught by first baseman Jeff Bagwell for an unassisted double play. Astros’ starter Pete Harnisch retired Kevin McReynolds on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Ken Caminiti. For the Mets, Bret Saberhagen set down all three Houston batters in the bottom half. Harnisch held the Mets to a single by David Segui in a scoreless top of the second. Luis Gonzalez singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Caminiti followed with a force play grounder to second baseman Jeff Kent. Saberhagen then got Ed Taubensee on a ground ball to shortstop Vizcaino for a force play to close out the inning.

Ryan Thompson homered to lead off the top of the third. Saberhagen grounded out to second baseman Craig Biggio and a walk to Vizcaino ensued. Hundley hit a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Harnisch fanned McReynolds and retired Bobby Bonilla on a pop-up to catcher Taubensee for the third out. Saberhagen then set down the Astros 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Segui drew a walk and moved to second base on an ensuing single by Jeromy Burnitz. Thompson doubled to drive home Segui and Burnitz and advanced to third on a throw. Houston reliever Brian Williams retired Saberhagen on a ground ball back to the mound. Vizcaino homered for two more runs and a 7-0 New York lead. Williams got Hundley to ground out to Biggio and end the inning. Saberhagen then pitched a perfect bottom half.

A double by McReynolds opened the top of the fifth inning. Bonilla went down on strikes and Kent was hit by a pitch. Segui hit a single after which McReynolds was out at home on a throw by left fielder Gonzalez to Taubensee. Williams retired Burnitz on a fly ball to center fielder Steve Finley to close out the inning. Saberhagen set down the Astros again in the bottom half and Williams hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Mike Felder got a one-out single in the bottom half. Saberhagen then got James Mouton on a grounder to Kent for an inning-ending double play.

Houston reliever Tom Edens retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh inning. Saberhagen hurled a perfect bottom half and John Cangelosi doubled with two outs in the top of the eighth. Edens got Saberhagen to fly out to Finley and end the inning. Bret set down the Astros in order yet again in the bottom half. Luis Rivera hit a leadoff triple and scored on an ensuing single by Hundley (the Mets’ twelfth hit) in the top of the ninth. McReynolds flied out to Gonzalez and a passed ball by Taubensee moved Hundley to second base. Edens then fanned Bonilla and got Fernando Vina on a ground ball to second baseman Andy Stankewicz for the inning’s final out.

To start the bottom of the ninth, Andujar Cedeno and pinch-hitter Chris Donnels hit back-to-back home runs. Mouton got an infield single and Finley flied out to left fielder McReynolds. Stankewicz was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Cangelosi. Saberhagen then got Roberto Petagine on a game-ending grounder to second baseman Vina. The Mets had a victory with a twelve-hit attack.