May 4, 1988: Fernandez and Leach Two-Hit Astros
|Date: May 4, 1988|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez|
|Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Terry Leach, Tim Teufel|
|Key play: Teufel's sacrifice fly in 1st & home run in 2nd|
The Mets got a run against Astros' starter Danny Darwin in the first inning. Len Dykstra led off with a double and went to third base on an error by Houston left fielder Billy Hatcher. Tim Teufel followed with a sacrifice fly to score Dykstra.
Gary Carter singled to lead off the second inning for the Mets. Howard Johnson followed with a walk and Dave Magadan singled to score Carter. Johnson went to third on Magadan's hit and came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Fernandez. Later in the inning, Teufel hit a two-run homer to extend the Met lead to 5-0.
In the fourth, Hatcher led off with a double for the Astros' first hit off Fernandez. Sid also walked Kevin Bass in the inning, but allowed no runs. Johnson then hit a home run off Houston reliever Dave Meads in the bottom of the inning for the Mets' sixth run of the game.
Leach came in to pitch for the Mets in the top of the sixth inning. Terry allowed a leadoff single to Hatcher, but retired the next three Astro batters. He then pitched a perfect seventh inning with three ground ball outs.
Teufel reached first base on an error with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Tim moved to third on a single by Keith Hernandez and scored on Darryl Strawberry's fielder's choice grounder. Kevin McReynolds then singled off reliever Ernie Camacho to bring home Hernandez with another Met run.
Leach retired the Astros in order in both the eighth and ninth innings. The Mets had a victory on a combined two-hitter. Fernandez had his first win of the season and Leach got his first save in three years.