August 25, 1999: Rogers Leads Shutout of Astros

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Date: August 25, 1999
Mets starter: Kenny Rogers
Mets: 4
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Kenny Rogers
Key player(s): Kenny Rogers, Robin Ventura, Darryl Hamilton
Key play: Ventura's and Hamilton's RBI singles

The Mets faced the Astros on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Kenny Rogers pitched eight and one-third shutout innings in a 4-0 Mets win over Houston.

Rogers and Astros' starter Shane Reynolds each retired all batters in the first and second. Kenny gave up only a single to Tony Eusebio in the top of the third and Reynolds set down the side in order in the bottom half. Rogers pitched a perfect top of the fourth. Reynolds yielded just a single to John Olerud in the bottom of the inning and Carl Everett singled to open the top of the fifth. Ken Caminiti drew a walk and Matt Mieske was called out on strikes. Eusebio grounded to shortstop Rey Ordonez for an inning-ending double play and singles by Robin Ventura and Darryl Hamilton began the bottom half. Roger Cedeno's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base before Ordonez popped out to second baseman Russ Johnson. Reynolds then struck out Rogers to finish off the inning.

Rogers held the Astros to a double by Craig Biggio in the top of the sixth. Rickey Henderson singled to lead off the bottom half. Edgardo Alfonzo and Olerud were retired on outfield fly balls and Mike Piazza hit a double. Ventura followed with a single that scored Henderson and Piazza for a 2-0 Mets lead. On his own hit, Ventura went to second base via a throw. Hamilton singled to drive home Ventura and moved to second on a throw. Cedeno got an infield single on which third baseman Caminiti made an error, allowing Hamilton to come home with the fourth New York run. Ordonez doubled to advance Cedeno to third. Reynolds then got Rogers on a grounder to shortstop Ricky Gutierrez for the inning's final out.

Rogers yielded just a single to Caminiti in the top of the seventh. Henderson singled against Reynolds to lead off the bottom half. Alfonzo flied out to right fielder Mieske and a single by Olerud sent Henderson to third base. Houston reliever Brian Williams got Piazza to hit a double play ground ball to Gutierrez that ended the inning and Rogers hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Williams then gave up only a single to Hamilton in the bottom half.

Jeff Bagwell got a one-out double against Rogers in the top of the ninth. Everett drew a walk and Mets' reliever Dennis Cook retired Caminiti on a pop-up to second baseman Alfonzo. Cook then struck out pinch-hitter Tim Bogar to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.