August 30, 2000: Reed Leads Three-Hit Shutout

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Date: August 30, 2000
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 1
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Benny Agbayani, Turk Wendell, Armando Benitez
Key play: Holt's wild pitch

The Mets faced the Astros on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Rick Reed and two relievers teamed up for a three-hitter in a 1-0 Mets win over Houston.

Reed set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. Benny Agbayani drew a walk against Astros' starter Chris Holt to lead off the bottom half. Darryl Hamilton got a bunt single and Edgardo Alfonzo grounded to second baseman Julio Lugo for a double play. With Mike Piazza at bat, Agbayani came home on a wild pitch for a one-run Mets lead. Piazza singled and Holt got Robin Ventura on a fly ball to left fielder Lance Berkman for the third out.

Reed surrendered only a pair of walks between the second inning and the fourth. The Mets failed to score despite four hits against Holt in the bottom halves and Bill Spiers singled with one out in the top of the fifth. Tim Bogar flied out to right fielder Hamilton and a strikeout of Holt ended the inning. Mike Bordick singled to open the bottom half. Bordick advanced to second base on Reed's sacrifice bunt and to third on Agbayani's ground out to third baseman Spiers. Holt then threw a called third strike past Hamilton to close out the inning.

Lugo singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Jeff Bagwell grounded to third baseman Ventura for an inning-ending double play and Holt retired the side on three straight outfield fly balls in the bottom half. Reed gave up just a single to Berkman in the top of the seventh and Jay Payton got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Bordick singled and Holt got pinch-hitter Lenny Harris to hit double play ground ball to first baseman Bagwell that finished off the inning. Mets' reliever Turk Wendell retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. Houston's Marc Valdes then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Mets' reliever Armando Benitez struck out Lugo to start the top of the ninth. Bagwell also went down on strikes. Benitez then fanned Berkman for the game's final out. The Mets had a shutout victory.