Fernando Martinez and David Wright clubbed two- run homers in the eighth
inning as the New York Mets rallied for a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros.
Jason Bay also went deep for the Mets, who scored all their runs from the seventh inning on to win for the sixth time in eight tries.
The Astros, who had a pair of runners thrown out at the plate,
suffered their seventh loss in nine contests.
Mets starter Dillon Gee fanned a career-high six batters in five-
plus innings, while Houston's Bud Norris struck out eight over 7
Bay homered to left with two outs in the seventh, and the Mets
used more power to grab the lead the following inning. Justin
Turner singled to lead off. Martinez, hitting for reliever Pat Misch
(1-0), then homered to right field.
Jose Reyes walked, and Jeff Fulchino came in from the bullpen to
retire Josh Thole on a fly ball to center. Wright, who was given a
day off Thursday to presumably rest a sore back, homered to left
to send the Mets ahead 5-4.
"He said he felt a lot better, which I'm really glad to hear," Mets
manager Terry Collins said. "I probably need to do a better job of
scheduling off time for him. I thought it was a big swing of the bat,
kind of eased his mind a little."
Francisco Rodriguez escaped a jam with men at the corners in the
last of the eighth when pinch-hitter Jason Michaels struck out.
Turner scored on Jason Pridie's double to right-center field in the
top of the ninth, and Rodriguez closed it out in the bottom half
despite Michael Bourn reaching third base. Rodriguez, who picked
up his 11th save of the year, retired Carlos Lee on a ground ball to
end the game.
Despite bolting to a 4-0 lead, the Astros squandered some early
opportunities to make the game a rout. In the second, Lee was
thrown out at home following a Chris Johnson single. Humberto
Quintero popped out to leave a pair of runners in scoring position.
Houston loaded the bases in the third, but only got one run on a
Lee sacrifice fly.
The Astros added three runs in the sixth, on an RBI double from
Johnson, a single from Bill Hall and on an error from first baseman
Daniel Murphy. However, Hall was thrown out at home on an
inning-ending double play.
"It wasn't just one thing," Bourn said of the loss. "You can go
back and it could be anything. Mistakes happen."
Astros owner Drayton McLane said Friday he has a deal in place to
sell the team to Houston businessman Jim Crane. The deal could
be closed by the middle of next week...In four games versus the
Astros this year, the Mets have homered eight times...Rodriguez
converted his 11th straight save opportunity...Houston's Hunter
Pence had his 15-game hitting streak broken...Lee is one hit shy of
2,000 for his career...Bourn hasn't been caught in 22 stolen base
attempts since September 3, 2010...It was Martinez's first career-
pinch hit HR and the second pinch-hit HR for the Mets this year.
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