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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Recap: Game 25 - Mets at Astros - Mets Get Swept in Houston

Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX)

N.Y. Mets (13-12)000100000170
Houston (11-14) «03203000x8150

W: W. Rodriguez (3-2) L: C. Schwinden (0-1)
HR: NYM - None   HOU - C. Johnson (1),C. Johnson (2)


Chris Johnson hit two home runs and knocked in a career-high six RBI as the Houston Astros defeated the New York Mets, 8-1, to complete the sweep of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park.

"This is probably my best day in the major leagues so far. This is something I'll never forget," said Johnson.

Wandy Rodriguez (3-2) allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings for Houston, which took all three games of a series against New York for the first time since August 1-3, 2008.

Chris Schwinden (0-1) gave up five runs on six hits and two walks in just four innings to suffer the loss.

Ruben Tejada had three of New York's seven hits, while Andres Torres knocked in the

lone run for the Mets, who lost for the fourth time in six games.

Houston struck first in the second inning when Johnson followed back-to-back singles by Jed Lowrie and Brian Bogusevic with a shot over the left-field wall for a 3-0 Astros lead.

Johnson's second home run of the year, and the game, came in the third inning on a two-run blast to left-center field, giving Houston a five-run advantage.

New York got on the board in the fourth inning when David Wright led off the frame with a walk, stole second and came home on Torres' two-out base hit through the right side of the infield.

But the Astros pulled away for good in the fifth off reliever Manny Acosta. After a pair of one-out singles by Carlos Lee and Lowrie placed runners on the corners, Bogusevic pulled a double down the right-field line to score Lee.

Johnson's base hit to left then plated Lowrie before Jason Castro lined a single to right to bring home Bogusevic and give the Astros an 8-1 lead.

The Mets were shut down from there, stranding a runner on third in the sixth and eighth innings as the Astros rolled to their fifth win in seven games.

"They played great, they pitched great and it's tough to hit when you are behind so far. But that's a credit to the way they pitched," Mets manager Terry Collins said about the Astros.

Game Notes

The Astros' Jordan Schafer had two walks and has now reached base safely in 24 straight games, but left in the top of the fifth inning with lower back tightness on his left side...Wright extended his hit streak to nine games. He has reached base safely in 21 of his 22 games this season...Tejada hit two doubles, giving him 10 on the year...It was Houston's first series sweep of the season.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS403020000.305
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
Daniel Murphy 2B400000000.283
David Wright 3B311001010.392
Scott Hairston RF401010002.250
Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF301000011.310
Andres Torres CF401100003.214
Ike Davis 1B400000000.180
Josh Thole C400000000.296
Chris Schwinden P100000001.250
  Justin Turner PH100000000.231
  Manny Acosta P000000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH-SS100000000.000
Jordan Schafer CF100000021.273
  Justin Maxwell CF201000001.259
Jose Altuve 2B501000000.358
J.D. Martinez LF500000001.267
Carlos Lee 1B512000000.267
Jed Lowrie SS433010000.329
  David Carpenter P000000000.000
  Fernando Abad P000000000.000
Brian Bogusevic RF422110001.240
Chris Johnson 3B424600200.311
Jason Castro C402100000.250
Wandy Rodriguez P200000000.000
  Marwin Gonzalez SS100000000.225

LOB_NY Mets 7, Houston 8. 2B_R.Tejada 2, S.Hairston, J.Lowrie, B.Bogusevic. 3B_D.Wright. HR_C.Johnson (1) off C.Schwinden, C.Johnson (2) off C.Schwinden. S_W.Rodriguez. SB_D.Wright (3), J.Schafer (9). GIDP_J.Castro. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Murphy, J.Valdespin and I.Davis).

Chris Schwinden (L 0-1)4.065521277-4411.25
Manny Acosta2.063301038-229.69
Tim Byrdak1.010001012-93.38
Frank Francisco1.020001015-86.97
Wandy Rodriguez (W 3-2)7.061125090-651.64
David Carpenter1.010001023-182.53
Fernando Abad1.000001011-810.13

T_2:34. A_19442.
Umpires_Home,Fieldin Culbreth; First, Adrian Johnson; Second, Gary Cederstrom; Third, Lance Barksdale.

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