May 18, 1995: Four-Run 1st Buries Astros

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Date: May 18, 1995
Mets starter: Dave Mlicki
Mets: 8
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Dave Mlicki
Key player(s): Dave Mlicki, Jeff Kent, Todd Hundley, Bobby Bonilla
Key play: Kent’s double, Hundley’s single, Bonilla’s home run

The Mets faced the Astros on a Thursday night in Houston. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored four runs in the first inning and came away with an 8-1 win.

Brett Butler tripled against Astros’ starter Doug Drabek to lead off the top of the first. Jose Vizcaino grounded out to first baseman Jeff Bagwell and a walk to Rico Brogna ensued. Bobby Bonilla was called out on strikes and Joe Orsulak walked to load the bases. Jeff Kent hit a double to drive home both Butler and Brogna. Todd Hundley singled to score Orsulak and Kent for a 4-0 Mets lead. Drabek then got Chris Jones on a force play ground ball to shortstop Orlando Miller for the third out.

James Mouton hit a leadoff single against Mets’ starter Dave Mlicki in the bottom of the first. Craig Biggio flied out to right fielder Orsulak and a single by Bagwell advanced Mouton to third base. Derek Bell reached on an error by third baseman Bonilla to bring home Mouton with the Astros’ first run. Luis Gonzalez grounded out to Mlicki and a walk to Chris Donnels loaded the bases. Mlicki then retired Scott Servais on a grounder to shortstop Vizcaino to close out the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Butler singled to begin the top of the fourth. Vizcaino hit a single and Brogna singled to load the bases. Bonilla followed with a double play ground ball to second baseman Biggio on which Butler came home. Drabek retired Orsulak on a grounder to Bagwell that ended the inning and Mlicki pitched a perfect bottom half. Houston reliever Jim Dougherty set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Mlicki then retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning.

Vizcaino drew a two-out walk in the top of the sixth. Brogna hit a double to drive home Vizcaino and increase the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Bonilla homered for the seventh and eighth New York runs of the game. Orsulak flied out to right fielder Mouton to end the inning and Mlicki hurled a scoreless bottom half. Dougherty retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and pinch-hitter Dave Magadan singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Mlicki then got Mouton on a grounder to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo for the inning’s third out.

Astros’ reliever Dean Hartgraves yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Ricky Otero in the top of the eighth. Bell hit a two-out single against the Mets’ Josias Manzanillo in the bottom half. A wild pitch moved Bell to second base and Gonzalez drew a walk. Donnels hit a force play grounder to shortstop Tim Bogar to end the inning and Hartgraves pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Servais grounded out to Alfonzo to open the bottom half. Miller lined out to center fielder Otero. Manzanillo then struck out pinch-hitter John Cangelosi to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.