August 22, 1977: Boisclair's Double Stymies Astros

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Date: August 22, 1977
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 2
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry
Key player(s): Pat Zachry, Bruce Boisclair
Key play: Boisclair’s double

The Mets faced the Astros on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. Bruce Boisclair hit a two-run double to lift the Mets to a 2-1 win over Houston.

After a scoreless first inning, Wilbur Howard singled against Mets’ starter Pat Zachry with one out in the top of the second. Howard advanced to third base on Rob Sperring’s single and came home on a single by J. R. Richard. Terry Puhl drew a walk to load the bases and Enos Cabell flied out to center fielder Lee Mazzilli. Zachry retired Jose Cruz on a fly ball to right fielder Ed Kranepool for the inning’s third out. Astros’ starter Richard then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Zachry and Richard each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. Pat shut down the Astros in the top of the seventh and John Stearns drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Stearns stole second base and moved to third on Mazzilli’s single. Doug Flynn was retired on a ground ball back to Richard. As a pinch-hitter for Zachry, Boisclair delivered a double that plated Stearns and Mazzilli for a one-run Mets lead. Bruce went to third on Lenny Randle’s ground out to second baseman Art Howe. Richard then got Bud Harrelson to line out to first baseman Bob Watson and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Skip Lockwood yielded only a single to Howard in the top of the eighth. Houston’s Joe Sambito struck out the side in order in the bottom half and Puhl doubled to open the top of the ninth. Lockwood retired Cabell and Cruz on consecutive infield ground balls. Skip then fanned Watson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series.