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Pence homers, Astros beat slumping Mets again

Apr 21, 2011 - 4:30 AM Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Hunter Pence clubbed a solo home run in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros edged the New York Mets, 4-3, in the middle test of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson both doubled and scored a run for the Astros, who have won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Houston starter Bud Norris did not factor in the decision after allowing three runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Daniel Murphy belted a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran added an RBI double for New York, which has lost nine of its last 10 games. R.A. Dickey (1-3) surrendered four runs and eight hits over eight full frame in defeat.

With the teams even at three, Pence crushed a 1-1 offering from Dickey over the left field wall to lead off the eighth.

"He handled Pence about as good as you can be handled," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I felt very good about him going back out there in the eighth inning."

Fernando Abad replaced Mark Melancon (2-1) in the bottom of the inning and promptly walked Angel Pagan. Jose Valdez took over on the mound after Murphy put men on the corners with a one-out single and fanned pinch-hitter Justin Turner on a pitch in the dirt that got away from catcher J.R. Towles.

An aggressive Pagan was thrown out at the plate trying to score, ending the threat.

Brandon Lyon tossed the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the first inning, but failed to score.

Houston broke through with three runs in its next at-bat. Wallace doubled into the left-field corner to lead off the second and moved to third on a Johnson single. After Bill Hall was retired on a groundout, Wallace scored on Dickey's wild pitch that was ball four to Towles. Norris and Michael Bourn then hit back-to-back RBI singles for a 3-0 Astros lead.

"That was big to keep the line moving in the third," Houston manager Brad Mills said.

New York got on the board in the third, as Beltran's two-out double plated Jose Reyes. The Mets tied the game in the sixth when Murphy followed a one-out double by Willie Harris with a home run inside the right-field foul pole.

Game Notes

The Mets have now lost seven straight home games...Reyes finished 4-for-5, while Beltran and Murphy both collected three hits...Hall left the game with a right ankle sprain.

  • HOUSTON: 4
    NEW YORK: 3

    Apr 20 10:01 PM

  • Carlos Lee popped out to first. None on with one out and Brett Wallace due up.

    Astros 4, Mets 3  Top 8, 1 OutApr 20 9:25 PM
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    Astros 3, Mets 3  Bot 7, 1 OutApr 20 9:19 PM
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    Astros 3, Mets 3  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 20 9:09 PM

  • Daniel Murphy one-out, two-run Home Run (1) to right scored Willie Harris. R.A. Dickey is due up.

    Astros 3, Mets 3  Bot 6, 1 OutApr 20 9:00 PM
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    Astros 3, Mets 1  Mid 4Apr 20 8:28 PM

  • Carlos Beltran doubled to left-center scoring Jose Reyes. Runner on second with two outs and Ike Davis due up.

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  • Angel Sanchez struck out swinging. Runners on first and second and with two outs and Hunter Pence due up.

    Astros 3, Mets 0  Top 2, 2 OutsApr 20 7:46 PM

  • Bud Norris singled to left scoring Chris Johnson. Runners on first and second with one out and Michael Bourn due up.

    Astros 2, Mets 0  Top 2, 1 OutApr 20 7:45 PM

  • HOUSTON: 1
    NEW YORK: 0
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