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Mets go for five straight vs. Astros

Aug 23, 2008 - 10:22 AM Houston (64-64) at NY Mets (72-57) 7:10 p.m. EDT

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Mets look to continue their hot streak when they take on the Houston Astros on Saturday.

The Mets have won 10 of 11 to take over the top spot in the National League East, moving 2 1/2 games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies.

John Maine (10-7, 3.82) takes the hill for the third time since returning from the disabled list. The righthander has not allowed a run in either appearance, but has only gone five innings in each start. He walked eight and allowed three hits during those10 innings, striking out nine.

In his career against the Astros, Maine is 3-0 in three starts with a 1.57 ERA, including a complete game shutout in July 2006.

Brandon Backe (7-12, 5.62) will look to bounce back from a terrible start on August 16 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He allowed nine hits, including three homers, and 11 runs in 5 2/3 innings. It was the second time in three starts that Backe had allowed 11 runs. He lasted 3 2/3 frames in an 11-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs on August 6.

Backe did not earn a decision in his only start against the Mets this season. The righthander allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings, walking two and striking out four in a 7-3 Astros win.

Houston, who swept the Mets in a three-game set three weeks ago, have fallen back to .500 (64-64), 9 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers (74-55) in the NL wild-card race.






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    Astros 8, Mets 3  FinalAug 23 9:47 PM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 0 1 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 12 0
    NY METS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 6 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: HOU - BRANDON BACKE, TIM BYRDAK (8TH), GEOFF GEARY (9TH) AND
    HUMBERTO QUINTERO
    NYM - JOHN MAINE, DUANER SANCHEZ (6TH), JOE SMITH
    (7TH), BRIAN STOKES (8TH) AND BRIA

    Aug 23 9:46 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRIAN SCHNEIDER (6) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 0 OUT IN THE 8TH OFF BRANDON BACKE SCORED RYAN CHURCH.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 8, NY METS 3
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: E CHAVEZ (.272, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

    Astros 8, Mets 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 23 9:20 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY LANCE BERKMAN SCORED MICHAEL BOURN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, L BERKMAN ON FIRST, M TEJADA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 8
    NY METS 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: G BLUM (.236, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Astros 8, Mets 1  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 23 8:45 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAVID NEWHAN (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF JOHN MAINE.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6, NY METS 1
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H QUINTERO (.239, 0-FOR-2)

    Astros 6, Mets 1  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 23 8:31 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN CHURCH SCORED DAN MURPHY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R CHURCH ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    NY METS 1 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: B SCHNEIDER (.256, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros 5, Mets 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 23 8:26 PM
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    Astros 5, Mets 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 23 8:26 PM
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    Astros 5, Mets 0  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 23 8:16 PM
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    Astros 5, Mets 0  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 23 8:08 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY LANCE BERKMAN (26) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF JOHN MAINE SCORED DARIN ERSTAD AND MIGUEL TEJADA.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5, NY METS 0
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: G BLUM (.237, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Astros 5, Mets 0  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 23 7:47 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL TEJADA SCORED BRANDON BACKE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEJADA ON FIRST, D ERSTAD ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2
    NY METS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.330, 1-FOR-1)

    Astros 2, Mets 0  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 23 7:46 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GEOFF BLUM SCORED LANCE BERKMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G BLUM ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1
    NY METS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: T WIGGINTON (.304, 16 HR, 43 RBI)

    Astros 1, Mets 0  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 23 7:26 PM
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