May 16, 1995: Jones and Henry Blank Astros

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Date: May 16, 1995
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 1
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Doug Henry, Brett Butler
Key play: Butler’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Tuesday night in Houston. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at the Astrodome. Bobby Jones and Doug Henry combined on a three-hitter in a 1-0 Mets win.

Astros’ starter Shane Reynolds pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Jones yielded only a double to Craig Biggio in the bottom half and Reynolds set down the Mets in order again in the top of the second. Derek Bell singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Dave Magadan drew a walk and Phil Plantier popped out to shortstop Jose Vizcaino. Scott Servais followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. Bobby Jones then got Orlando Miller on a force play grounder to Alfonzo for the inning’s third out.

Chris Jones got a one-out single in the top of the third. Chris advanced to second base on Bobby Jones’ sacrifice bunt. Brett Butler singled to drive home Chris Jones for a one-run Mets lead. On his own hit, Butler moved to second via an error by catcher Servais. Vizcaino grounded out to Reynolds to end the inning and Biggio drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Luis Gonzalez singled and Jeff Bagwell went down on strikes. Bobby Jones then got Bell to hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Bobby Bonilla and close out the inning.

Reynolds hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Bobby Jones surrendered only a walk to Magadan in the bottom half and Alfonzo singled to begin the top of the fifth. Todd Hundley hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Biggio and a strikeout of Chris Jones ended the inning. Bobby Jones shut down the Astros in the bottom half and singled to lead off the top of the sixth. Bobby moved to second base on Butler’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Vizcaino’s ground out to shortstop Miller. Reynolds then fanned Rico Brogna to finish off the inning.

Bagwell drew a walk to open the bottom of the sixth. Bell went down on strikes and Magadan flied out to left fielder Chris Jones. Plantier was hit by a pitch and Servais was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to Chris Jones. Reynolds set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Bobby Jones then retired all three Houston batters in the bottom half.

Chris Jones singled against Astros’ reliever Dave Veres with one out in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter David Segui hit a grounder to first baseman Bagwell for an inning-ending double play. Henry came in to pitch for the Mets and set down the side in order in the bottom half. Butler hit a single against Houston’s Pedro Martinez to begin the top of the ninth. A sacrifice bunt by Vizcaino sent Butler to second base. Martinez got Brogna to line out to Biggio, who then threw to Miller for an out on Butler and a double play that ended the inning.

Magadan was retired on a fly ball to Chris Jones to begin the bottom of the ninth. Plantier flied out to center fielder Butler and a walk to pinch-hitter Milt Thompson ensued. Henry then got pinch-hitter Tony Eusebio on a ground ball to Bonilla for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the series.