June 18, 1995: Thirteen Hits Romp Astros

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Date: June 18, 1995
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 10
Astros: 4
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Todd Hundley, Bobby Bonilla, Brett Butler, Ryan Thompson
Key play: Hundley’s single and homer, Butler’s two-run single, Thompson’s home run

The Mets faced the Astros on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected thirteen hits in a 10-4 win over Houston.

Jeff Bagwell hit a two-out double against Mets’ starter Bret Saberhagen in the top of the first inning. Derek Bell doubled to score Bagwell and a fly ball by Luis Gonzalez was caught by right fielder Ryan Thompson for the third out. The Astros’ Mike Hampton pitched a perfect bottom half and Saberhagen set down the side in order in the top of the second. Bobby Bonilla and Jeff Kent got back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the inning. Todd Hundley singled to score Bonilla and a double steal put Mets runners at second and third base. Edgardo Alfonzo grounded out to third baseman Dave Magadan to drive home Kent with the tying run. Ryan Thompson reached on an error by shortstop Orlando Miller. Saberhagen grounded out to Hampton and a single by Brett Butler plated both Hundley and Ryan Thompson for a 4-1 Mets lead. Butler stole second and Hampton got Jose Vizcaino on a ground ball to Miller for the inning’s final out.

Saberhagen and Hampton each pitched one-hit scoreless ball in the third and fourth innings. Bret shut down the Astros in the top of the fifth and Vizcaino singled against Hampton with one out in the bottom half. Rico Brogna hit a single to send Vizcaino to third base and moved to second on an error by right fielder Bell. Bonilla reached on Magadan’s error that allowed Vizcaino to come home and Brogna to go to third. Against Houston reliever Doug Brocail, Kent hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Brogna and increase the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Brocail then retired Hundley on a fly ball to Bell that finished off the inning.

Saberhagen hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom half, Ryan Thompson homered for a 7-1 Mets lead. Saberhagen grounded out to second baseman Craig Shipley and a single by Butler ensued. Brocail got Vizcaino to ground out to Shipley and end the inning. Saberhagen then retired the side in order in the top of the seventh.

Bonilla singled against Astros’ reliever Pedro Martinez with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kent hit a single and Hundley followed with a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 10-1. Alfonzo singled for the thirteenth New York hit and Ryan Thompson drew a walk. Houston’s Jim Dougherty fanned Saberhagen and got Chris Jones on a ground ball back to the mound to close out the inning. Saberhagen retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. Dougherty then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Miller hit a solo home run against Mets’ reliever Pete Walker with one out in the top of the ninth. Scott Servais followed with an infield single. Milt Thompson singled and pinch-hitter Tony Eusebio hit a single to drive home Servais. Magadan drew a walk to load the bases and Mike Brumley grounded out to first baseman Brogna to bring home Milt Thompson with the Astros’ fourth run. Walker then retired John Cangelosi on a grounder to third baseman Alfonzo for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-closing victory.