July 10, 1983: Mets Rebound for Win Over Astros

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Date: July 10, 1983
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 7
Astros: 5
Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk
Key player(s): Junior Ortiz, Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Ortiz’s single, Hernandez’s walk, Strawberry’s home run

The Mets faced the Astros on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. After letting a three-run lead slip away, the Mets came back for a 7-5 win over Houston.

Mets’ starter Ed Lynch pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. The Astros’ Bob Knepper retired the side in order in the bottom half and Lynch yielded only a single to Jose Cruz in the top of the second. George Foster and Hubie Brooks got back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the inning. Darryl Strawberry drew a walk to load the bases and Brian Giles hit a ground ball on which third baseman Phil Garner threw to catcher George Bjorkman for an out at home on Foster. Brooks came home on a balk and Junior Ortiz singled to score Strawberry and Giles for a 3-0 Mets lead. Lynch grounded out to Knepper and an error by Garner allowed Jose Oquendo to reach base. Knepper then retired Mookie Wilson on a fly ball to center fielder Omar Moreno to end the inning.

Lynch set down all three batters in the top of the third. Knepper hurled a perfect bottom half and Terry Puhl singled to open the top of the fourth. Dickie Thon was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry. Garner flied out to left fielder Foster and a double by Cruz brought home Puhl. Ray Knight followed with a double to score Cruz and reduce the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Lynch retired Bill Doran on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Oquendo. Knepper then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Lynch held the Astros to a single by Knepper in the top of the fifth. Knepper gave up just a single to Oquendo in the bottom of the inning and Thon doubled against Lynch to begin the top of the sixth. Garner hit a single and advanced to third base on Cruz’s double that scored Thon. Knight was walked intentionally to load the bases and Doran singled to drive home Garner, putting the Astros ahead by a run. Bjorkman got a single (his first major league hit) against Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco to plate Cruz for a 5-3 Houston lead. Knepper and Moreno followed with consecutive grounders on which second baseman Giles threw to catcher Ortiz for outs at home on Knight and Doran, respectively. Orosco then retried Puhl on a pop-up to third baseman Brooks to close out the inning.

With one out in he bottom of the sixth, Foster hit a triple and scored the Mets’ fourth run on a sacrifice fly by Brooks. Strawberry went down on strikes for the inning’s third out and Orosco pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Giles singled against Knepper to begin the bottom half. Ortiz popped out to first baseman Knight and a walk to pinch-hitter Dave Kingman ensued. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub drew a walk against Astros’ reliever Dave Smith to load the bases. Houston’s Frank DiPino struck out Wilson and issued a walk to Hernandez that forced home Giles, tying the game at 5-5. DiPino then got Foster to fly out to right fielder Puhl and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Brooks singled against the Astros’ Bill Dawley to lead off the bottom half. Strawberry followed with a homer to put the Mets ahead by two runs. Giles and Ortiz were struck out and Sisk hit a single. Dawley fanned Tucker Ashford for the inning’s final out and back-to-back singles by Moreno and Puhl began the top of the ninth. Thon flied out to center fielder Wilson and a fly ball by Garner was caught by Foster. Sisk then got Cruz to fly out to Wilson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory to close out the series.