September 9, 2007: Mets Complete Sweep of Astros

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Date: September 9, 2007
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 4
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Moises Alou
Key play: Beltran’s single in 1st, Alou’s home run in 5th

The Mets and Astros faced each other on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series in front of 51,847 fans on hand. The Mets came out with a 4-1 win over Houston to complete a sweep.

Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Luis Castillo got a one-out double off Astros’ starter Roy Oswalt. An ensuing single by Carlos Beltran scored Castillo for a 1-0 Mets lead. Oswalt retired the next two hitters and Houston failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the second. The Mets were retired 1-2-3 by Oswalt in the latter half of the second inning. Martinez then pitched a scoreless top of the third.

Martinez led off the bottom of the third inning with a double to left field. Pedro advanced to third base on Jose Reyes’ sacrifice bunt. Castillo walked and Beltran hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Martinez. Oswalt fanned Moises Alou for the third out. Martinez set down Houston in order in the top of the fourth and the Mets did not score with the bases loaded in the bottom half. The Astros again came out empty with the bases filled against Pedro in the top of the fifth.

Beltran doubled off Oswalt with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Alou followed with a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Oswalt retired the next three batters and Luke Scott homered off Mets’ reliever Guillermo Mota to begin the top of the sixth. Later in the inning, Houston had the bases loaded (for the third time in the game) with two outs. Mota got Carlos Lee on a force play grounder for the third out. Oswalt then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Pedro Feliciano pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the top of the seventh inning. The Mets failed to score against Oswalt in the bottom half. For New York, Aaron Heilman set down three straight Astros batters after a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro. Houston’s Trever Miller then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Lee singled off Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner to start the top of the ninth inning. Mark Loretta followed with a ground out to third baseman Ruben Gotay. Wagner then got Chris Burke on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran and struck out Scott to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the three-game series.