July 3, 1990: Viola Shuts Out Astros

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Date: July 3, 1990
Mets starter: Frank Viola
Mets: 12
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Frank Viola
Key player(s): Frank Viola, Darryl Strawberry, Daryl Boston
Key play: McReynolds' homer in 1st, Strawberry's & Boston's homers in 5th

The Mets hosted the Astros on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. A total of 15 hits (including four home runs) paved the way for a 12-0 Mets victory. Frank Viola scattered five Houston hits in a complete game shutout.

The Mets scored against Astros' starter Mark Portugal in the first inning. Darryl Strawberry's single to bring home Dave Magadan was followed by Kevin McReynolds' three-run homer as the Mets grabbed a 4-0 lead. Strawberry then homered with two out in the third and Mackey Sasser scored on a fourth inning ground out. The six-run outburst brought an end to Portugal's night.

In the fifth, Strawberry came to bat against reliever Xavier Hernandez. Darryl hit his second home run off the game as the ball made contact with Shea's main scoreboard in right-center field. Later in the inning, Daryl Boston also hit one off the scoreboard for the Mets' fourth homer to make the score 8-0.

Facing Jim Clancy in the seventh, the Mets added four more runs. Viola's groundout brought home Keith Miller and Magadan's ground-rule double scored Sasser. Gregg Jefferies then got a single on which Howard Johnson and Magadan crossed the plate.

The Astros put runners on second and third base with one out against Viola in the ninth. Frank struck out Franklin Stubbs for the second out of the inning. He then got Craig Biggio to ground out, ending the game and completing his shutout.