July 24, 1987: Mets Defeat Astros for DH Sweep

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Date: July 24, 1987
Mets starter: John Mitchell
Mets: 7
Astros: 4
Winning pitcher: John Mitchell
Key player(s): Dave Magadan, Tim Teufel, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Magadan’s five singles, Teufel’s three-run homer

The Mets and Astros faced each other in a doubleheader on a Friday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets were in search of a sweep in the nightcap. Dave Magadan went 5-for-5 and Tim Teufel slugged a three-run homer as the Mets defeated Houston, 7-4.

To begin the top of the first inning, Billy Hatcher drew a walk against Mets’ starter John Mitchell. Bill Doran hit a ground ball to shortstop Rafael Santana for a double play and Denny Walling doubled to left field. An ensuing double by Glenn Davis scored Walling for the first run of the game. Alan Ashby singled to drive home Davis for a 2-0 Astros lead and advanced to second base on an error by left fielder Kevin McReynolds. Jose Cruz reached on third baseman Howard Johnson’s error to send Ashby to third. Mitchell then retired Ken Caminiti on a grounder to Santana that ended the inning.

Mookie Wilson got a one-out single against Houston’s Bob Knepper in the bottom of the first. Magadan singled to move Wilson to third base and Mookie came home on a sacrifice fly by McReynolds. Teufel hit a single to left field and Knepper got Barry Lyons on an inning-ending force play grounder to shortstop Craig Reynolds. Mitchell pitched a scoreless top of the second. Knepper then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

The Astros were retired in order by Mitchell in the top of the third inning. Wilson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Magadan singled and McReynolds flied out to right fielder Walling. An ensuing home run by Teufel put the Mets in front by a score of 4-2. Lyons hit a double and moved to third base on Johnson’s infield single. Santana fouled out to catcher Ashby. Knepper then got Mitchell on a ground ball back to the mound to close out the inning.

Mitchell pitched a scoreless top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom half, singles by Wilson and Magadan and a walk to McReynolds loaded the bases against Houston reliever Rocky Childress. Teufel hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Wilson with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. On the play, Magadan was out via a throw by center fielder Hatcher to third baseman Caminiti to complete a double play that finished off the inning.

Hatcher led off the top of the fifth with a single to left field. Doran followed with a double that brought home Hatcher and advanced to third base on Walling’s fly out to center fielder Lenny Dykstra. Davis grounded out to Santana to plate Doran and reduce the Mets’ lead to 5-4. Mitchell then retired Ashby on a grounder to first baseman Magadan to end the inning.

Johnson homered for the Mets’ sixth run with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Santana singled and pinch-hitter Wally Backman grounded to Reynolds for a double play to end the inning. Caminiti got a one-out double against Mets’ reliever Randy Myers in the top of the sixth. Myers struck out Reynolds and retired pinch-hitter Dave Lopes on a fly ball to Dykstra for the inning’s third out. Houston’s Dave Meads then held the Mets to a single by Magadan in a scoreless bottom half.

Myers set down the Astros 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Meads fanned three consecutive batters after a lead off single by Teufel in the bottom of the inning. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco hurled a perfect top of the eighth and a single by Keith Hernandez opened the bottom half. Hernandez moved to second base on Dykstra’s sacrifice bunt, but was hit by Wilson’s ensuing ground ball (a single for Mookie) for the second out of the inning. Wilson stole second base and scored the Mets’ seventh run (and his fourth) on Magadan’s fifth single of the game. Houston reliever Dave Smith then got McReynolds to fly out to Hatcher and end the inning.

Orosco retired Caminiti on a fly ball to Dykstra to start the top of the ninth. Back-to-back singles by pinch-hitter Jim Pankovits and Kevin Bass ensued. Orosco then fanned Hatcher and got Doran on a game-ending fly ball to Dykstra. The Mets had completed a sweep of the doubleheader.