August 14, 1965: Mets End 11-Game Skid

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Date: August 14, 1965
Mets starter: Galen Cisco
Mets: 1
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Darrell Sutherland
Key player(s): Chuck Hiller, Darrell Sutherland
Key play: Dan Coombs’ error in 10th

The Mets and Astros faced each other on a Saturday night. The teams played the second part of a three-game series. The Mets ended an 11-game losing streak by recording their first win ever at the Astrodome with a 1-0 victory in 10 innings over Houston.

Galen Cisco and Astros’ starter Larry Dierker each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. Cisco allowed three hits while the Mets were held to a first-inning single by Roy McMillan. Leading off the top of the seventh, Charley Smith singled for the second New York hit of the game. Smith stole second base and Gary Kolb popped out to first baseman Jim Gentile. Dierker retired Joe Christopher on a pop-up to third baseman Bob Aspromonte and issued an intentional walk to John Stephenson. Pinch-hitter Ron Swoboda hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Eddie Kasko to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Darrell Sutherland then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

In the top of the eighth, Chuck Hiller led off with a single to left field. Hiller advanced to second base on McMillan’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a balk by Dierker. Johnny Lewis went down on strikes for the second out. Dierker threw a called third strike past Ed Kranepool to finish off the inning. Sutherland set down all three Houston batters in the bottom half and hit a triple with two outs in the top of the ninth. Dierker retired Stephenson on an inning-ending pop-up to Kasko. Darrell then shut down the Astros in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game onward.

Hiller singled against Houston reliever Dave Giusti with one out in the top of the 10th. Chuck stole second base and moved on to third via a single by McMillan. Pinch-hitter Ron Hunt came up to bat against the Astros’ Danny Coombs. Hunt hit a grounder on which Coombs made a throwing error that allowed Hiller to score the game’s first run. Coombs followed up by striking out Kranepool. Houston’s Ron Taylor then came in to pitch and fanned Smith to end the inning.

Sutherland retired Aspromonte on a foul pop-up to catcher Chris Cannizzaro to open the bottom of the 10th. Rusty Staub flied out to center fielder Jim Hickman. Sutherland then got Ron Brand to ground out to third baseman Smith and bring the game to an end. The Mets' losing streak was over and the team had its first Astrodome victory in the indoor stadium's inaugural season.

Notes

  • The Mets had lost their first seven games at the Astrodome before this win.
  • The win for Sutherland was his first in the major leagues. Darrell’s triple was his only career extra-base hit.