July 31, 2002: Mets Rebound with Shutout

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Date: July 31, 2002
Mets starter: Shawn Estes
Mets: 10
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Shawn Estes
Key player(s): Shawn Estes, Jeromy Burnitz, Rey Ordonez
Key play: Burnitz's home run, Ordonez's double in 2nd

The Mets faced the Astros on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. After taking a 16-3 shallacking from Houston the previous night, the Mets got revenge with a blowout win. Shawn Estes and Mike Bacsik combined for a two-hitter in a 10-0 victory.

In the first inning, Timo Perez got a one-out triple off Astros' starter Dave Mlicki. A walk to Mike Piazza followed and Mo Vaughn hit a double to score Perez. Piazza came home on a single by Edgardo Alfonzo before Jeromy Burnitz smashed a three-run homer for a 5-0 Met lead. Later in the inning, Rey Ordonez doubled to score Roger Cedeno and then came home on Roberto Alomar's triple. The Mets were ahead by seven runs as Mlicki's night came to a quick end.

Ordonez came up with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the second. Against Houston reliever Nelson Cruz, Rey hit his second double of the game to plate three more runs for the Mets. Estes then retired the Astros without a hit for the third straight inning.

From the fourth inning to the seventh, Estes allowed only two Houston hits while pitching shutout ball. Doubles by Lance Berkman and Jose Vizcaino were all the Astros got off Shawn. For the Mets in the eighth, Bacsik pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts and a fly ball.

Bacsik shut down Houston again in the ninth to finish off the game. The Mets had a lopsided victory just one day after being hammered.