August 1, 1980: Mets Rally Past Astros

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Date: August 1, 1980
Mets starter: John Pacella
Mets: 5
Astros: 4
Winning pitcher: Jeff Reardon
Key player(s): Mike Jorgensen, Steve Henderson, Frank Taveras
Key play: Jorgensen’s and Taveras’s RBI single, Henderson’s home run

The Mets faced the Astros on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets came back from a four-run deficit and defeated Houston, 5-4.

Terry Puhl homered against Mets’ starter John Pacella to lead off the top of the first inning. Enos Cabell hit a single, but was caught by Pacella’s pickoff throw and tagged out by second baseman Doug Flynn. Joe Morgan flied out to right fielder Joel Youngblood and a walk to Jose Cruz followed. Danny Heep doubled and Jeffrey Leonard drew a walk to load the bases. Alan Ashby got an infield single to score Cruz and a wild pitch brought home Heep. Craig Reynolds singled to bring home Leonard and extend the Astros’ lead to 4-0. Trying to score on the play, Ashby was out at home via a throw by left fielder Claudell Washington to catcher Alex Trevino to end the inning. Houston starter Ken Forsch then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Pacella and Forsch each pitched scoreless second and third innings. Mets’ reliever Ed Glynn gave up just a single to Ashby in the top of the fourth. Forsch yielded only a single to Youngblood in the bottom half and Glynn held the Astros to a single by Cruz in the top of the fifth. Flynn singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Jerry Morales went down on strikes and Frank Taveras got a bunt single. Forsch then retired Elliott Maddox on a fly ball to center fielder Puhl and got Lee Mazzilli to hit a ground ball to first baseman Heep for the inning’s third out.

Mets’ reliever Dyar Miller hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Washington hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. Claudell advanced to third base after Youngblood’s fly out to Puhl. Mike Jorgensen followed with a single that scored Washington and reduced the Houston lead to 4-1. Forsch then retired both Trevino and Flynn on fly balls to right fielder Leonard to close out the inning.

Miller surrendered just a walk to Morgan in the top of the seventh. Morales and Taveras got back-to-back singles against Forsch to begin the bottom half. Against Astros’ reliever Dave Smith, pinch-hitter Steve Henderson connected for a three-run homer to tie the game at 4-4. Smith retired the next three batters to end the inning and the Mets’ Jeff Reardon retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, Trevino singled and moved to third base on a single by Flynn. Morales was struck out and Taveras hit a single to score Trevino, putting the Mets ahead by a run. Smith then threw a called third strike past Reardon to end the inning.

Reynolds grounded out to Reardon to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Denny Walling went down on strikes. Reardon then retired Puhl on a fly ball to Youngblood for the final out of the game. The Mets had a come-from behind victory over the National League West Division leaders.