June 8, 1970: McAndrew Blanks Astros

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Date: June 8, 1970
Mets starter: Jim McAndrew
Mets: 2
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Jim McAndrew
Key player(s): Jim McAndrew, Art Shamsky
Key play: Shamsky’s two-run homer

The Mets and Astros played each other on a Monday night in Houston. The teams began a three-game series in front of a crowd just under 14,000 fans. Jim McAndrew pitched a five-hit shutout as the Mets came away with a 2-0 win.

McAndrew faced the minimum 15 batters through the first five innings. He retired the side in order three straight times and finished off the fourth with a double play from Jimmy Wynn after yielding a single to Hector Torres. Jim set down Houston 1-2-3 again in the bottom of the fifth. Meanwhile, the Mets were held scoreless on four hits by Astros’ starter Jack Billingham.

In the top of the six, Cleon Jones hit a one-out single to left field. Jones advanced all the way to third on Billingham’s errant throw. Art Shamsky followed with a home run to give the Mets a two-run lead. Billingham retired the next two batters and McAndrew shut down the Astros without a hit in the bottom of the inning.

Houston reliever Ron Cook recorded two strikeouts in a scoreless top of the seventh. In the bottom half, Joe Pepitone led off with a single and Wynn hit his second double play grounder of the game. Norm Miller and Denis Menke followed up with back-to-back singles off McAndrew. Jim then retired Keith Lampard on a fly ball to center fielder Tommie Agee for the final out of the inning.

Cook retired the Mets in order with three fly outs in the top of the eighth. McAndrew set down the Astros with a perfect bottom half. Houston’s Jack DiLauro then pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.

McAndrew retired pinch-hitter Tommy Davis and Pepitone to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Wynn followed with a single for Houston’s fifth hit. Jim got Miller on a fly ball to Agee to finish off the game. The Mets had a victory at the Astrodome, where they had gone winless in each of their previous seven games.


  • The Mets’ last win at the Astrodome before this one came on August 6, 1968.