September 1, 1982: Mets Break 15-Game Losing Streak
|Date: September 1, 1982|
|Mets starter: Pete Falcone|
|Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone|
|Key player(s): Pete Falcone, George Foster|
|Key play: Foster's home run in 3rd, Falcone's strikeout of Heep in 9th|
The Mets and Astros concluded a three-game series at Shea Stadium on a Wednesday night. Pete Falcone pitched a complete game six-hitter to notch his seventh win of the season. More significantly, the Mets' 5-1 victory ended a 15-game losing streak.
Falcone retired the Houston batters in order in the top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson led off the bottom half with a single off Astros' starter Vern Ruhle. Wilson later scored on Rusty Staub's single and a sacrifice fly by George Foster brought home Bob Bailor for a 2-0 Mets lead.
Following two more hitless innings from Falcone, the Mets struck again. Staub singled and Foster knocked out a two-run homer in the bottom of the third. Protecting the four-run lead, Falcone tossed a scoreless fourth and held the Astros without a run in the fifth despite loading the bases.
The Mets scored in the bottom of the fifth when Wilson came home on Alan Ashby's passed ball. Falcone shut down Houston in the next two innings, allowing only a double to Phil Garner and a triple to Danny Heep. Pete's shutout was kept intact when Wilson threw out Heep at the plate after catching Art Howe's fly ball in the seventh.
Falcone's shutout bid ended when Ashby homered with two out in the top of the ninth inning. Pete then got Heep on a called third strike to end the game. The Mets' losing streak was over on Falcone's standout pitching.