April 8, 2013
What should have been a pitcher's duel between Joe Niekro and Orel Hershisher was instead a sloppy affair for both starters. Niekro gave up seven hits and five walks while Hershisher surrendered 9 while also walking five.
The game was tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth when Craig Reynolds smoked a two RBI triple to give Houston the lead. Niekro was still pitching in the seventh when he got himself into a bases loaded jam. Denny Walling misplayed a German Rivera grounder to allow two runs to score. Steve Sax added another unearned run when he singled to give LA the lead for good.
Winning Pitcher - Orel Hershiser
Losing Pitcher - Joe Niekro
Save - Burt Hooton
Player of the Game - Steve Sax, 2-3, R, BB, SB, RBI