August 7, 2003: Mets Beat Astros in Homer Battle

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Date: August 7, 2003
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 5
Astros: 4
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Timo Perez, Marco Scutaro, Tony Clark, Jeff Duncan
Key play: Mets’ home runs, Duncan’s triple

The Mets faced the Astros on a Thursday night in Houston. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. In a game that featured five home runs, the Mets came away with a 5-4 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Timo Perez homered against Astros’ starter Tim Redding to lead off the top of the second. Ty Wigginton drew a walk and Tony Clark popped out to first baseman Jeff Bagwell. Marco Scutaro went down on strikes and Steve Trachsel was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Adam Everett to end the inning. Brad Ausmus singled against Trachsel to open the bottom half. Everett hit a force play grounder to third baseman Wigginton and moved to second base on Redding’s sacrifice bunt. Trachsel then walked Craig Biggio and got Morgan Ensberg on a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes that closed out the inning.

Reyes singled with one out in the top of the third. Cliff Floyd was struck out and Reyes stole second base. Jason Phillips hit a single on which third baseman Ensberg made an error that allowed Reyes to come home. Perez popped out to Everett to end the inning and Trachsel set down all three batters on infield grounders in the bottom half. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Scutaro hit a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Redding retired Trachsel on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Richard Hidalgo. Steve then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Redding held the Mets to a single by Reyes in the top of the fifth. Ensberg singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Bagwell slugged a two-run homer and Lance Berkman grounded out to second baseman Scutaro. Hidalgo hit a triple and scored on Geoff Blum’s sacrifice fly to tie the game at 3-3. Trachsel then issued a walk to Ausmus and got Everett on a fly ball to center fielder Perez for the inning’s final out.

With two outs in the top of the sixth, Clark homered against Houston reliever Brad Lidge to put the Mets back in front by a run. Lidge struck out Scutaro to end the inning and New York’s Grant Roberts pitched a perfect bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jeff Duncan hit a leadoff triple in the top of the seventh. Roger Cedeno followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Duncan for a 5-3 Mets lead. Reyes was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Eric Bruntlett. Lidge then got Floyd to pop out to Bagwell and finish off the inning.

Against Mets’ reliever David Weathers, Bagwell hit his second homer of the game to begin the bottom of the seventh. Berkman went down on strikes and Hidalgo flied out to center fielder Duncan. Pinch-hitter Orlando Merced grounded out to Scutaro to end the inning and the Astros’ Octavio Dotel set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Weathers retired all three Astros hitters on outfield fly balls in the bottom half. Houston’s Billy Wagner then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton got Biggio on a fly ball to Duncan to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Ensberg was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Raul Gonzalez. Stanton then got Bagwell to ground out to Reyes and end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.