May 6, 1990: Mets Come Back for DH Sweep

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Date: May 6, 1990
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 7
Astros: 6
Winning pitcher: Alejandro Pena
Key player(s): Mackey Sasser, Kevin McReynolds, Alejandro Pena
Key play: Sasser’s and McReynolds’ home runs

The Mets faced the Astros in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets went for a sweep in the nightcap. Four home runs paved the way for a come-from-behind 7-6 Mets victory over Houston.

Ken Oberkfell singled with one out in the top of the first inning. Craig Biggio hit a double to score Oberkfell and advanced to third base on a throw. Franklin Stubbs was hit by a pitch and Ken Caminiti grounded out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies to drive home Biggio for a 2-0 Astros lead. Mets’ starter Ron Darling retired Eric Anthony on an inning-ending ground ball to Jefferies, who opened the bottom half with a double to center field. Gregg moved to third on Dave Magadan’s single and came home on a sacrifice fly by Howard Johnson. Houston’s Mark Portugal then struck out Darryl Strawberry and got Kevin McReynolds on a pop-up to second baseman Oberkfell to finish off the inning.

Glenn Wilson hit a leadoff single in the top of the second. Alex Trevino grounded back to Darling and a walk to Portugal ensued. A single by Eric Yelding scored Wilson and moved Portugal to third base. With Oberkfell at bat, Yelding went to second on catcher Mackey Sasser’s passed ball. Oberkfell hit a grounder on which third baseman Johnson threw to Sasser for an out at home on Portugal. Oberkfell stole second and Biggio was struck out to end the inning. Portugal then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Darling yielded only a double to Caminiti in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Jefferies homered for the Mets’ second run of the game. Portugal retired the next two New York batters and got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Yelding drew a walk and Oberkfell slugged a three-run homer for a 6-2 Astros lead. Darling fanned Biggio and retired Stubbs on an inning-ending ground ball to Jefferies. Portugal then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

After a scoreless fifth inning, Mets’ reliever Jeff Musselman retired the side in order in the top of the sixth. Strawberry hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the inning. McReynolds singled and advanced to third base on a double by Daryl Boston. Sasser followed with a three-run homer to tie the game. Portugal was replaced on the mound by Houston reliever Danny Darwin, who got Kevin Elster to pop out to first baseman Stubbs. Musselman grounded out to Stubbs to end the inning and pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Darwin then held the Mets to a single by Magadan in the bottom half.

Caminiti got an infield single to begin the top of the eighth inning. Anthony drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Alejandro Pena retired Wilson on a popped-up bunt to Sasser. Pena followed up with strikeouts of pinch-hitters Terry Puhl and Bill Doran to finish off the inning. Against the Astros’ Dan Schatzeder in the bottom half, McReynolds led off with a homer (the Mets’ fourth of the game) for a one-run New York lead. Boston flied out to left fielder Anthony and a fly ball by Sasser was caught by center fielder Gerald Young. Elster then grounded back to Schatzeder for the inning’s final out.

Yelding grounded out to Jefferies to open the top of the ninth. Oberkfell drew a walk and Biggio went down on strikes as pinch-runner Casey Candaele stole second base. Pena then retired Glenn Davis on a pop-up to first baseman Magadan to end the game. The Mets had a comeback win for a sweep of the doubleheader.