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Astros 4, Mets 3: Finding New Ways To Lose

If there was an award for finding bizarre ways to lose, the New York Mets trophy case would be full.  In what has seemingly become a nightly practice, the Mets played their way out of a victory, falling to the Houston Astros 4-3 Wednesday night at Citi Field.

The first inning set the tone for New York.  After loading the bases with just one out, Ike Davis struck out and Angel Pagan swung for the fences on a ball that never reached the warning track to end the inning.

R.A. Dickey pitched eight adequate innings, the first Mets starter this season to go that far into a game.  He gave up three cheap runs in the second inning, starting with a wild pitch with the eighth hitter J.R. Towles at the plate.  After walking Towles, opposing pitcher Bud Norris snuck a hit into left field to plate Houston's second run followed by an RBI single to center by Michael Bourn.

Over the next five innings, Dickey allowed just three hits to give the Mets offense plenty of time to claw their way back.  They put a run on the board in the third inning as the red-hot Carlos Beltran (3-4) doubled to center to score similarly smoking Jose Reyes (4-5).  Davis followed by beating out a grounder to third before Pagan again popped out to end a potential scoring opportunity.

Daniel Murphy tied the game in the sixth inning with his first home run of the season, but the game wouldn't be knotted up for long.  A cruising Dickey opened up the eighth by serving up a home run to Hunter Pence that provided the margin of victory.

Not to be outdone by their recent calamities, the Mets offense went back to work in the bottom of the eighth. 

Pagan walked to lead off the inning.  After Willie Harris struck out swinging, Pagan and Murphy put together a perfect hit-and-run that allowed the New York center fielder to take third base.  However, on the play Pagan slowed up on his way to third and was looking to celebrate with third base coach Chip Hale as the Houston infielders were kicking the relay throw around, missing out on a potential scoring opportunity.

With runners on first and third and still only one out, recently recalled Justin Turner was called on to hit for Dickey.  Turner went down swinging as the ball got away from the catcher on the third strike.  The ball didn't get far from home plate, but Pagan decided to break for the plate.  Pagan slide feet first, but raised his lead foot over home plate, allowing the covering pitcher to tag him out to complete the unconventional double play.

Feeling a need to top themselves once again, New York went right after it again in the bottom of the ninth.  Jose Reyes ripped a 2-2 pitch into right field for a lead off single.  Instead of giving Reyes a chance to swipe his third base of the evening, manager Terry Collins opted to have Josh Thole try and sacrifice.  Instead of getting the bunt down, Thole popped up the first pitch right to closer Brandon Lyon, who then doubled off a napping Reyes at first base.

David Wright popped a 3-1 pitch harmlessly into right field to end the game to finish off an 0-3 game.

Trying to explain just what has been happening to his club that has lost 14 of their last 16, Collins summed it up pretty succinctly.

"We've been sitting back and waiting for s--- to happen for a long time and nothing's happening."

The Mets will attempt to make something happen in the final game of their three game series against the Astros Thursday night.  Chris Capuano (1-1, 8.53) will take on J.A. Happ (1-2, 5.79).

OF Jason Bay is expected to make his 2011 debut when he is activated off the disabled list before the game.

Final - 4.20.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston Astros 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 8 0
New York Mets 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 12 0
WP: Mark Melancon (2 - 1)
SV: Brandon Lyon (4)
LP: R.A. Dickey (1 - 3)

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Astros 6, Mets 1: Double Trouble Continues As Pitching, Offense Both Falter Again

For those that want to call the New York Mets inconsistent, they clearly haven't been watching the games.  The Mets continued to be consistently bad in all facets of the game Tuesday night as they lost for the eighth time in nine games, this time 6-1 to the Houston Astros.

Starter Jon Niese only gave up two runs, but walked five to go along with giving up seven hits over just six innings.  As the Mets offense failed to provide any support, the bullpen took over the rest of the way. 

One of the few bright spots for Terry Collins this season, Pedro Beato, gave up just an unearned run thanks to another misplay in left field by Scott Hairston.

The New York offense showed some signs of life in the bottom of the seventh inning when Carlos Beltran led off with his third home run of the season.  After Ike Davis and Angel Pagan were retied, Hairston walked and recently called up Justin Turner singled to put the tying runs on base.  However, with the pitcher's spot due up, Collins chose to pinch hit Chin-lung Hu instead of Daniel Murphy or Willie Harris.  Hu was retired quietly as he flailed at three curve balls.

Ryota Igarashi started the eighth inning and put two runners on with back-to-back singles he sandwiched in between two strikeouts.  Tim Byrdak tried to pick up the final out of the inning, but he gave up a single to speedster Michael Bourn to load the bases, bringing Bobby Parnell in from the pen.  The erratic fire baller balked in the Astros fourth run before surrendering a two run single.

The Astros tried to give the Mets a shot at a comeback in the bottom of the eighth thanks to an error by third baseman Chris Johnson on a Jose Reyes grounder.  Any thoughts of a big inning were quickly squashed as second base umpire Doug Eddings gave Bill Hall a force out at second base on a David Wright ground ball, even though the ball was clearly never caught.

The New York offense tried to get something going in the bottom of the eighth thanks to an error by Houston third baseman Chris Johnson.  Any thoughts of a comeback were put to bed after second base umpire Doug Eddings gave Bill Hall a force out at second on a David Wright grounder, even though the ball was clearly never caught.

Taylor Buchholz provided the sole perfect inning by a Mets pitcher in the ninth.

Ike David led off the bottom of the ninth with a double down the left field line, but Pagan, Harris and Turner were put down in order.

The Mets will try to get back on the winning track when these two teams meet again on Wednesday at 7:10pm.  R.A. Dickey will take on Bud Norris.

If you had a ticket for Tuesday night's game, the team announced you can redeem it for a complimentary ticket to see the Mets take on the Pittsburgh Pirates May 30-June 2.

Final - 4.19.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Houston Astros 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 6
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

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New York Mets DFA Brad Emaus, Recall Justin Turner

The New York Mets have decided to put an end to the Brad Emaus experiment after just 16 games.  They released the Rule 5 second baseman on Tuesday before their game with the Houston Astros as Citi Field.  Justin Turner was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to take Emaus' roster spot.

Though he won the job out of Spring Training, Emaus was thought of to have an advantage of the others competing -- including Turner -- due to his status as a Rule 5 selection from the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Mets would have needed to keep Emaus on the Major League roster all year or offer him back to Toronto for $25,000, half of the price for a Rule 5 pick.

Emaus was just 6-for-37 with one RBI while playing solid defense.

Turner had played 10 games for Buffalo, hitting .300 with four extra base hits including two triples.

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