June 7, 1981: Mike Scott Defeats Astros

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Date: June 7, 1981
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 3
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Mike Scott
Key player(s): Mike Scott
Key play: Howe's error in 7th

The Mets and Astros concluded a three-game series at the Astrodome on a Sunday afternoon. Mike Scott and Houston's Bob Knepper dueled in a shutout battle for six innings. The Mets then came away with a 3-1 win.

The Mets had the bases loaded with two out against Knepper in the top of the first inning. Frank Taveras was hit by a pitch and walks were drawn by Lee Mazzilli and Ellis Valentine. Knepper then got Hubie Brooks to hit into a force play to end the inning.

Scott retired the Astros' in order in each of the first two innings. In the third, he gave up a leadoff double to Alan Ashby before getting the next three hitters out. Mike then pitched hitless ball, surrendering only a walk, from the fourth inning to the sixth. Meanwhile, Knepper retired 12 straight Mets batters in keeping the game scoreless.

Brooks and Alex Trevino started the top of the seventh with singles. Doug Flynn followed with a grounder on which Knepper got a force out on Brooks. Trying to double up Trevino, Houston third baseman Art Howe made a wild throw to second base and Alex came around to score with Flynn going to third. Scott then hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Doug for a 2-0 Met lead.

In the eighth, Dave Kingman homered off Knepper for another Mets run. Scott shut down the Astros in the bottom half, recording his second double play in as many innings. Knepper then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.

Joe Pittman doubled for only the fourth hit off Scott to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Danny Heep, batting for Knepper, singled to score Pittman for Houston's first run. Neil Allen came in to relieve and gave up a single to Terry Puhl before retiring the next three batters to end the game. The Mets had come up with a victory to close out the series.

Notes

  • This was Scott's only win at the Astrodome as a visiting pitcher.