August 10, 2004: Wright and Reyes Lead Mets Past Astros

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Date: August 10, 2004
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 7
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): David Wright, Jose Reyes, Mike Cameron
Key play: Cameron’s single, Wright’s single and homer, Reyes’ triple

The Mets faced the Astros on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. David Wright and Jose Reyes drove in two runs each in a 7-3 Mets win over Houston.

Lance Berkman hit a solo home run against Mets’ starter Steve Trachsel with one out in the top of the first inning. Trachsel retired the next two batters and the Astros’ Pete Munro pitched a perfect bottom half. Jeff Kent doubled to lead off the top of the second. Morgan Ensberg hit a single and Jose Vizcaino followed with a force play ground ball to third baseman Wright that drove home Kent for a 2-0 Houston lead. Trachsel got both Brad Ausmus and Munro on force play grounders for the inning’s final outs. Munro then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

The Astros failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the third. Joe McEwing got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. McEwing advanced to second base on Trachsel’s sacrifice bunt and to third on an infield single by Reyes. Eric Valent got a single to score McEwing for the Mets’ first run of the game. On the play, Reyes got caught between bases and was tagged out by shortstop Vizcaino to end the inning.

Trachsel hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Cliff Floyd doubled to lead off the bottom half. Richard Hidalgo hit a double to bring home Floyd and scored the tying run on a single by Mike Cameron. On his own hit, Cameron moved to third base via an error by center fielder Carlos Beltran. Wright singled to plate Cameron and put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Jason Phillips followed with a ground ball to Vizcaino for a double play. Munro then retired McEwing on a grounder to Vizcaino to close out the inning.

Trachsel set down the side on three consecutive infield ground balls in the top of the fifth. Munro hurled a perfect bottom half and Trachsel yielded only a single to Ausmus in the top of the sixth. Houston reliever Tim Redding retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Berkman drew a one-out walk in the top of the seventh. Trachsel then got Beltran to hit a grounder to first baseman Valent for an inning-ending double play.

Leading off the bottom of the seventh, Wright homered against Redding to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Phillips drew a walk and moved to second base on McEwing’s sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Gerald Williams hit a single and came around to score with Phillips on a triple by Reyes. Astros’ reliever Mike Gallo retired Valent on a pop-up to first baseman Jeff Bagwell. Gallo then got Floyd to ground out to Bagwell and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Mike DeJean set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Houston’s Brad Lidge pitched a perfect bottom half and Vizcaino was struck out to open the top of the ninth. Ausmus also went down on strikes. DeJean then retired Eric Bruntlett on a pop-up to Valent for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to start the series.