On July 11, 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros becomes the first pitcher in history to record 4,000 strikeouts. Ryan notches the milestone when he fans New York Mets outfielder Danny Heep on three pitches in the sixth inning.

Ryan finishes with 11 strikeouts in seven innings but gets no decision. Kevin Bass homers in the frame to give the Astros a 3-1 lead but miscues later let the Mets tie it. Bill Doran’s fifth hit of the game, in the 12th, scores Dickie Thon for a 4-3 Houston victory. 

 

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