July 14, 1985: Gooden Shuts Out Astros

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Date: July 14, 1985
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 1
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Ronn Reynolds
Key play: Doran’s error

The Mets faced the Astros on a Sunday night in Houston. The teams played the finale of a four-game series at the Astrodome. Dwight Gooden pitched a shutout in a 1-0 Mets win.

Kelvin Chapman reached on an error by third baseman Denny Walling with one out in the top of the first inning. Keith Hernandez hit a single on which Chapman was out via a relay throw by second baseman Bill Doran to Walling. Astros’ starter Bob Knepper retired George Foster on a fly ball to right fielder Terry Puhl for the third out and a single by Doran opened the bottom half. Doran stole second base and Craig Reynolds went down on strikes. Puhl grounded out to first baseman Hernandez to advance Doran to third. Gooden then got Jose Cruz to ground out to Hernandez and end the inning.

Gooden and Knepper each hurled two-hit scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Knepper surrendered only a walk to Chapman in the top of the sixth and Doran doubled to lead off the bottom half. Craig Reynolds was struck out, but reached on catcher Ronn Reynolds’ passed ball as Doran moved to third base. Jerry Mumphrey went down on strikes and Cruz drew a walk to load the bases. Kevin Bass followed with a ground ball on which Gooden threw to Ronn Reynolds for an out at home on Doran. Ronn then threw to Hernandez to complete an inning-ending double play.

Knepper pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Gooden gave up only a walk to Walling in the bottom half and Ronn Reynolds singled to begin the top of the eighth. Gooden was struck out and Lenny Dykstra followed with a single. Chapman hit a ground ball on which Walling threw to Doran for an out at second base on Dykstra. In an attempt for a double play, Doran made an errant throw that allowed Ronn Reynolds to come home with the first run of the game. Trying to score on the play, Chapman was out via a throw by right fielder Mumphrey to catcher Alan Ashby that finished off the inning. Gooden struck out the side in order in the bottom half. Houston reliever Mike Scott then hurled a perfect top of the ninth.

Mumphrey hit a single to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Cruz followed with a grounder to second baseman Chapman for a double play. Gooden then struck out Bass to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory on Dwight’s shutout.