Mets slug 3 homers, rally past AstrosMay 14, 2011 - 12:28 PM
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 1/3 innings.
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 (0-1) 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.
- NEW YORK: 6
May 13 11:06 PM
- Jason Pridie doubled to center scored Justin Turner.. Runner on second with two outs and Ronny Paulino due up.
Mets 6, Astros 4 Top 9, 2 OutsMay 13 10:50 PM
- David Wright two-out, two-run Home Run (6) to left scored Jose Reyes. Carlos Beltran due up.
Mets 5, Astros 4 Top 8, 2 OutsMay 13 10:22 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Fernando Martinez one-out, two-run Home Run (1) to right scored Justin Turner. Jose Reyes due up.
Mets 3, Astros 4 Top 8, 1 OutMay 13 10:12 PM
- Jason Bay two-out, solo Home Run (2) to left. Daniel Murphy due up.
Mets 1, Astros 4 Top 7, 2 OutsMay 13 9:58 PM
- Pat Misch enters the game for the Mets with runners on second and third and one out.
Mets 0, Astros 4 Bot 6, 1 OutMay 13 9:48 PM
- Bill Hall singled to left scored Brett Wallace. On the play, Chris Johnson advances to third. Runners on first and third with none out and Humberto Quintero due up.
Mets 0, Astros 3 Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 13 9:41 PM
- Chris Johnson doubled to left scored Carlos Lee. On the play, Brett Wallace advances to third. Runners on second and third with none out and Bill Hall due up.
Mets 0, Astros 2 Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 13 9:37 PM
- Carlos Lee sacrifice fly out to right scored Bud Norris. On the play, Michael Bourn advances to third. Runners on first and third and with two outs and Brett Wallace due up.
Mets 0, Astros 1 Bot 3, 2 OutsMay 13 8:54 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 13 8:07 PM
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