June 7, 2005: Martinez Two-Hits Astros

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Date: June 7, 2005
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 3
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Pedro Martinez, Cliff Floyd, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Floyd’s double in 1st, Beltran’s single in 5th

The Mets and Astros faced each other on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series in front of 39,953 fans on hand. Pedro Martinez pitched a two-hitter as the Mets defeated Houston, 3-1.

Martinez retired the Astros in order in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Mike Cameron got a one-out double off Houston starter Roy Oswalt. Cameron advanced to third base on Carlos Beltran’s ground out to second baseman Craig Biggio. Cliff Floyd doubled to score Cameron with the first run of the game. Oswalt struck out Mike Piazza to bring the inning to an end. In the second and third innings, Martinez set down all six Astros batters. The Mets, meanwhile, were held to singles by Kazuo Matsui and Jose Reyes in being shut down by Oswalt.

In the top of the fourth inning, Orlando Palmeiro drew a leadoff walk. Martinez responded by getting Chris Burke on a double play ground ball to shortstop Reyes. Biggio flied out to right fielder Cameron to end the inning. The Mets failed to score despite leadoff singles by Floyd and Piazza in the bottom half. Martinez then pitched a perfect top of the fifth inning.

Martinez hit a single to open the bottom of the fifth. Pedro moved to second on Reyes’ ground out and to third on a single by Cameron. Beltran singled to score Martinez and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Oswalt struck out Floyd and retired Piazza on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Adam Everett. Martinez set down Houston 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Oswalt then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Burke homered for the Astros’ first hit of the game. Biggio struck out and Lance Berkman singled to right field. Martinez fanned Morgan Ensberg for the final out of the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Beltran singled and went to second on Oswalt’s wild pitch. Floyd was hit by a pitch and Piazza walked to load the bases. An infield single by Marlon Anderson drove home Beltran with the Mets’ third run. Houston reliever Chad Qualls then struck out David Wright to end the inning.

Martinez and Qualls each retired the side in order in the eighth. Pedro threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino to begin the top of the ninth. Palmeiro took a called third strike for the second out of the inning. Martinez then got Burke on a called third strike to finish off the game. The Mets had a victory on Pedro’s complete game in which he faced 29 batters.