August 22, 2008: Santana Leads Shutout of Astros

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Date: August 22, 2008
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 3
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, David Wright, Brian Schneider
Key play: Wright's single, Schneider's home run

The Mets faced the Astros on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Johan Santana and two relievers teamed up for a shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over Houston.

Santana gave up only a single to Mark Loretta in the top of the first inning. Jose Reyes singled against Astros' starter Roy Oswalt to lead off the bottom half. Jose moved to second base on a wild pitch and to third on Argenis Reyes' sacrifice bunt. David Wright hit a single to score Jose Reyes for a 1-0 Mets lead. Oswalt then struck out both Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran to end the inning.

Geoff Blum got a leadoff single in the top of the second. Hunter Pence hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Wright and a double by Darin Erstad ensued. Brad Ausmus grounded out to shortstop Jose Reyes and a strikeout of Oswalt finished off the inning. Ryan Church singled with one out in the bottom half. Brian Schneider connected for homer to extend the Mets' lead to three runs. Oswalt then fanned Santana and retired Jose Reyes on a grounder to third baseman Blum for the inning's final out.

Santana and Oswalt each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the seventh. Johan scattered five hits and a walk while Oswalt retired all Mets to come to bat in the bottom halves. New York reliever Aaron Heilman set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Oswalt hurled a perfect bottom half (for twenty consecutive batters retired) in the bottom of the inning and the Mets' Luis Ayala threw a called third strike past Erstad to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Michael Bourne also went down on strikes. Ayala then got pinch-hitter David Newhan to ground out to Wright and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory.