May 13, 1997: Huskey's Homer Gives Mets Win

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Date: May 13, 1997
Mets starter: Armando Reynoso
Mets: 4
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Greg McMichael
Key player(s): Armando Reynoso, John Olerud, Butch Huskey
Key play: Reynoso’s home run, Olerud’s double, Huskey’s home run

The Mets faced the Astros on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of a crowd of 13,997 in damp weather conditions. Butch Huskey hit a home run in the seventh inning to give the Mets a 4-3 win over Houston.

Mets’ starter Armando Reynoso pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Carl Everett doubled against the Astros’ Mike Hampton to lead off the bottom half. Everett moved to third base on Edgardo Alfonzo’s ground out to shortstop Bill Spiers and came home as John Olerud reached on an error by first baseman Jeff Bagwell. Bernard Gilkey hit a double play grounder to Spiers that ended the inning and Luis Gonzalez drew a walk to open the top of the second. Sean Berry and Thomas Howard followed with consecutive force play ground balls and Brad Ausmus singled to left field. Spiers grounded out to shortstop Rey Ordonez to finish off the inning. Hampton then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Reynoso hurled a perfect top of the third. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Armando slugged a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Everett grounded out to third baseman Berry and a single by Alfonzo ensued. Olerud hit a double to drive home Alfonzo with the third New York run of the game. Hampton then retired Gilkey on a ground ball to Spiers for the inning’s final out.

Bagwell hit a leadoff double in the top of the fourth. Gonzalez doubled to score Bagwell and a pop-up by Berry was caught by second baseman Carlos Baerga. Howard and Ausmus followed with consecutive grounders to Ordonez for the final outs of the inning and Hampton pitched a scoreless bottom half. Reynoso retired all three Houston batters on infield ground balls in the top of the fifth. Hampton then gave up only a single to Ordonez in the bottom of the inning.

Derek Bell was retired on a grounder to third baseman Alfonzo to begin the top of the sixth. Bagwell also grounded out to Alfonzo and a walk to Gonzalez followed. Berry slugged a two-run homer to tie the game at 3-3. Howard grounded back to Reynoso to close out the inning and Hampton shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Leading off the top of the seventh, Ausmus hit a triple to center field. Spiers went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu popped out to first baseman Olerud. Reynoso hit both Craig Biggio and Bell with pitches to load the bases. Mets’ reliever Greg McMichael then got Bagwell on a line drive to center fielder Everett that finished off the inning.

Astros’ reliever Russ Springer retired Todd Hundley on a pop-up to Spiers to open the bottom of the seventh. Huskey came to bat and homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Springer got Baerga to fly out to center fielder Bell and retired Ordonez on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Biggio. McMichael hurled a perfect top of the eighth and Everett singled against Houston’s Ramon Garcia with one out in the bottom half. With Alfonzo at bat, Everett was caught stealing second base on catcher Ausmus’s throw to Spiers. Garcia then got Alfonzo on a fly ball to left fielder Gonzalez for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Ausmus on a ground ball to Alfonzo to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ricky Gutierrez followed with a single. With James Mouton at the plate, Gutierrez was caught by Franco’s pickoff throw to Olerud. John then threw a called third strike past Mouton to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Huskey’s tie-breaking homer.