August 29, 1974: Seaver Shuts Out Astros

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Date: August 29, 1974
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 7
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Ted Martinez, Felix Millan
Key play: Millan’s and Martinez’s triples

The Mets faced the Astros on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Tom Seaver pitched a shutout in a 7-0 Mets win over Houston.

Seaver hurled a scoreless top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson doubled against Astros’ starter Dave Roberts to lead off the bottom half. Felix Millan got a bunt single to advance Harrelson to third base. Ted Martinez hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Roger Metzger to drive home Harrelson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Rusty Staub singled to send Martinez to third and Benny Ayala grounded to Metzger for an inning-ending double play. Seaver set down the side in order in the top of the second. Roberts then retired the Mets on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half.

Seaver gave up only a triple to Roberts in the top of the third. Harrelson drew a walk with one out in the bottom of the inning. Millan tripled to score Harrelson and came home on an ensuing triple by Martinez. Staub hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Martinez and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Ayala drew a walk and Wayne Garrett was retired on an inning-ending line drive to second baseman Larry Milbourne. Seaver yielded just a single to Cesar Cedeno in the top of the fourth. Roberts then held the Mets to a single by Duffy Dyer in the bottom half.

Despite issuing two walks, Seaver pitched a scoreless top of the fifth. Houston reliever Jim York set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Tom gave up only a single to Cedeno in the top of the sixth. Ayala was hit by a pitch to open the bottom half. Garrett drew a walk and Dyer singled to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool singled to score Ayala and a single by Seaver brought home Garrett. On Tom’s hit, right fielder Greg Gross made an error that allowed Dyer to come home with the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Harrelson flied out to center fielder Cedeno and a foul pop-up by Millan was caught by catcher Milt May. York then got Martinez to hit a force play ground ball to Metzger that closed out the inning.

Seaver hurled a perfect top of the seventh. York shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Tom surrendered just a walk to pinch-hitter Cliff Johnson in the top of the eighth. Astros’ reliever Fred Scherman yielded only a single to Millan in the bottom of the inning and Cedeno was called out on strikes to begin the top of the ninth. Bob Watson was also struck out. Seaver then retired May on a fly ball to center fielder Martinez for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Tom’s shutout.