Jose Cruz's double, one of only two Houston hits off Sid Fernandez in seven innings in the Astrodome, drove in the run last night with which the Astros defeated the New York Mets, 1-0.

It was the second loss in 10 games for the NL East leaders.

Mike Scott (2-1) won the pitching duel, giving up five hits, striking out five and walking one before leaving with two on and two out in the ninth. Dave Smith made the save, retiring Danny Heep on a grounder.

Fernandez (1-1) struck out six and walked two. Since his recall, Fernandez has given up three hits in 13 innings over two games.

Houston got to him in the first inning. Bill Doran led off with a walk and, with one out, moved to second on Phil Garner's deep fly out. He scored when Cruz doubled off the right field wall.

Scott retired 15 hitters in a row at one stage (Fernandez had a run of 14 outs). "I was getting my fast ball over," Scott said, "and if you can throw the split-finger (forkball) with a lead on the count, they shouldn't get too many hits."