August 2, 1980: Comeback Win Over Astros

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Date: August 2, 1980
Mets starter: Roy Lee Jackson
Mets: 5
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Neil Allen
Key player(s): Alex Trevino, Neil Allen
Key play: Trevino's double in 8th

The Mets played the Astros on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 45,426 was on hand for the game. The Mets overcame a Houston lead with two consecutive 2-run innings for a 5-3 win.

The Astros got out to a 1-0 lead on a home run by Joe Morgan in the top of the first inning. Mets' starter Roy Lee Jackson followed up with scoreless second and third innings. The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the third on Lee Mazzilli's sacrifice fly that scored Doug Flynn.

In the top of the fifth, Craig Reynolds and Joe Niekro led off with singles against Jackson. Terry Puhl followed with another single on which Reynolds scored and Niekro was out at third on a throw from right fielder Claudell Washington. Puhl later came home on Morgan's single to make it a 3-1 Houston lead. Jackson was then replaced by Mets' reliever Ed Glynn.

Niekro shut down the Mets in the fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh, he gave up leadoff singles to Flynn and pinch-hitter Joel Youngblood. Astros' catcher Alan Ashby's two passed balls allowed Flynn to score and send Youngblood to third base. Joel later came home on Elliott Maddox's sacrifice fly to tie the game at 3-3.

Neil Allen pitched a perfect top of the eighth inning for the Mets. In the bottom half, Steve Henderson hit a leadoff double and Niekro was removed from the game. Houston reliever Joe Sambito struck out Mike Jorgensen before giving up a double to Alex Trevino that scored Henderson with the go-ahead run. Trevino came in to score on Frank Taveras's two-out single for another Met run. Sambito then struck out Allen to end the inning.

In the ninth, Allen retired the Astros 1-2-3 to end the game. The Mets had an impressive comeback win. For Houston, the loss knocked them out of first place in the National League West Division standings.