Tonight, Willie Randolph's second place Mets (31-27) were hosting Phil Garner's last place, Houston Astros (21-35). Two big pitchers went at it tonight, Pedro Martinez (6-1) for the Mets, taking on a struggling Roy Oswalt (6-6) for Houston.
Pedro wowed the 39,953 fans at Shea Stadium, tossing a two hit shut out. This would match his season high of 12 strike outs, as he allowed just one run & one walk. The only run against him was a Chris Burke HR.
The Mets gave Pedro run support from early on. In the 1st inning, Mike Cameron doubled & scored on a Cliff Floyd double making it 1-0.
In the 5th inning, Pedro himself singled to the delight of his team mates & the Shea Faithful. Mike Cameron then singled as well advancing Pedro to third. Carlos Beltran then singled bringing him in for the second Mets run.
In the home 7th, with two outs, Beltran collected another base hit. He advanced on a wild pitch. Cliff Floyd was plunked with a pitch & Mike Piazza walked to load the bases. Marlon Anderson then came thru with an infield single, scoring Beltran. The Mets went on to the 3-1 win.
Trivia: Pedro went on to a 15-8 season with the Mets (9th most wins in the NL) posting a 2.82 ERA (4th best in the NL).