July 10, 1992: Murray's Double in 9th Jolts Astros

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Date: July 10, 1992
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 7
Astros: 6
Winning pitcher: Jeff Innis
Key player(s): Eddie Murray, Jeff Innis
Key play: Murray’s two doubles

The Mets faced the Astros on a Friday night in Houston. The teams played the second of four games in a weekend series at the Astrodome. Eddie Murray’s bases-loaded double in the ninth inning gave the Mets a 7-6 win.

In his first at bat as a major leaguer, Pat Howell hit a single against Astros’ starter Pete Harnisch to lead off the top of the first inning. Howell stole second base and advanced to third on an error by catcher Scott Servais. Dave Magadan drew a walk and Howard Johnson singled to drive home Howell. Murray grounded out to third baseman Ken Caminiti and a pop-up by Bobby Bonilla was caught by Servais. Harnisch then retired Chico Walker on a ground ball to first baseman Jeff Bagwell for the final out of the inning.

Craig Biggio singled against the Mets’ Pete Schourek to begin the bottom of the first. Biggio moved to second base on Steve Finley’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Caminiti. Bagwell followed with a sacrifice fly to score Biggio and tie the game. Schourek got Pete Incaviglia on a pop-up to shortstop Bill Pecota to end the inning and Harnisch pitched a perfect top of the second. Schourek then set down all three Houston batters in the bottom half.

Howell reached on an error by right fielder Incaviglia to open the top of the third inning. Magadan hit a single and Johnson popped out to Caminiti. Murray lined out to second baseman Biggio and a double by Bonilla brought home Howell to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Walker drew a walk to load the bases and a wild pitch scored Magadan with the third New York run. Walker stole second and Harnisch retired Todd Hundley on a grounder to shortstop Casey Candaele to close out the inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, Finley drew a walk and Caminiti followed with a single. Bagwell tripled to drive home Finley and Caminiti, tying the game. Incaviglia hit a double to plate Bagwell and put the Astros ahead by a run. Luis Gonzalez reached on an error by second baseman Walker that allowed Incaviglia to score and extend the Houston lead to 5-3. Servais was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Johnson and the Mets were set down in order by Harnisch in the top of the fourth. Schourek then hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.

Johnson got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Howard stole second base and came home on a double by Murray. Harnisch retired Bonilla and Walker on consecutive fly balls to left fielder Gonzalez to end the inning and Caminiti singled with one out in the bottom half. Bagwell hit a force play grounder to Pecota and a single by Incaviglia ensued. Gonzalez singled to bring home Bagwell for a 6-4 Astros lead. Schourek was then replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Tom Filer, who struck out Servais to finish off the inning.

Houston’s Joe Boever hurled a perfect top of the sixth. For the Mets, Jeff Innis retired the side on three consecutive ground balls in the bottom half. Boever and the Astros’ Al Osuna combined for a scoreless top of the seventh and Innis yielded only a single Caminiti in the bottom of the inning. The Mets were shut down by Houston reliever Doug Jones in the top of the eighth. Innis then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Pinch-hitters Mackey Sasser and Dave Gallagher got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the ninth inning. Magadan flied out to center fielder Gerald Young and a walk to Johnson loaded the bases. Murray followed with a double that brought home pinch-runner Junior Noboa, Gallagher and Johnson to give the Mets a one-run lead. Bonilla was given an intentional walk. Jones then retired Walker on a ground ball back to the mound for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Anthony Young got Gerald Young on a grounder to Pecota to open the bottom of the ninth. Biggio flied out to right fielder Bonilla. Anthony Young then got pinch-hitter Benny Distefano to ground out to second baseman Noboa and end the game. The Mets had an amazing comeback victory.