July 27, 1985: Mets Complete DH Sweep of Astros

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Date: July 27, 1985
Mets starter: Bill Latham
Mets: 7
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Bill Latham
Key player(s): Bill Latham, Howard Johnson, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Mets’ four doubles

The Mets and Astros plated a Saturday doubleheader at Shea Stadium. After winning the opener, the Mets were in search of a sweep in the nightcap. Bill Latham recorded his first (and only) major league win as the Mets defeated Houston, 7-3.

Following a scoreless first inning, Latham shut down the Astros again in the top of the second. Clint Hurdle drew a walk against Houston’s Charlie Kerfeld (in his major league debut) to lead off the bottom half. Howard Johnson hit a double to drive home Hurdle with the first run of the game. Rafael Santana grounded out to shortstop Dickie Thon and a single by Latham scored Johnson. Kerfeld got Lenny Dykstra on a ground ball to second baseman Phil Garner for an inning-ending double play. Latham then set down the side in order in the top of the third.

Wally Backman singled and stole second base to begin the bottom of the third inning. Keith Hernandez drew a walk and Darryl Strawberry went down on strikes. Danny Heep hit a double to drive home Backman and send Hernandez to third. Hurdle drew a walk and Johnson hit a sacrifice fly that plated Hernandez. Kerfeld retired Santana on a fly ball to left fielder Jose Cruz to end the inning and Kevin Bass singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Cruz flied out to right fielder Strawberry and a home run by Glenn Davis cut the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Mark Bailey singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Latham then fanned Tim Tolman for the inning’s final out.

Latham drew a walk to begin the bottom of the fourth. Dykstra fouled out to third baseman German Rivera and a walk to Backman ensued. Kerfeld was replaced on the mound by Astros’ reliever Frank DiPino, against whom Hernandez doubled to drive home Latham and Backman. DiPino got pinch-hitter Tom Paciorek to line out to Thon, who then threw to Garner for an out on Hernandez at second base for an inning-ending double play.

Latham and DiPino each pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Bill shut down the Astros again in the top of the seventh and Houston’s Bill Dawley hurled a scoreless bottom half. Thon hit a one-out double against Latham in the top of the eighth. Garner singled to score Thon and reduce the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Jesse Orosco came in to pitch for New York and got Bass to ground out to third baseman Johnson. Cruz was retired on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Backman and a single by Santana opened the bottom half. Orosco’s sacrifice bunt advanced Santana to second base and Dykstra flied out to center fielder Bass. Backman doubled to bring home Santana with the Mets’ seventh run. Dawley then struck out Hernandez to end the inning.

Davis drew a walk to lead off the top of the ninth. Bailey hit a force play grounder back to Orosco and a single by pinch-hitter Alan Ashby followed. Orosco then struck out Rivera and got pinch-hitter Bill Doran on a force play grounder to first baseman Hernandez to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.