Mets 7, Astros 4: Turner's Career Day Carries Mets

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Mets 7, Astros 4: Turner's Career Day Carries Mets

Sometimes you need a little luck to earn a win and the fifth-inning gaffe by the Houston Astros was really all the New York Mets needed to come back from a two-run deficit. Add in a career five-RBI day for second baseman Justin Turner and this one turned into a pretty easy 7-4 victory for the Amazin's.

Down 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning, with rookie Aneury Rodriguez no-hitting the Mets, Jason Bay hit a sky-high popup to the pitcher's mound that should've been an easy out. Instead, the infielders converged, Carlos Lee being the closest, couldn't grab it and Bay was safe at first, opening the floodgates for a four-run fifth inning. Daniel Murphy then singled, Turner doubled home two runs and Jason Pridie singled home Turner. New York completed the rare double steal in the same inning, as Jose Reyes stole second and Pridie took off from third base for home. The Astros threw to second, looked lost on the play and Pridie scored with ease (and Reyes made it to second steps ahead of the throw as well). 

The Mets didn't relent in the sixth inning, either. Jason Bay singled, Murphy walked and Turner cleaned it up with his first career homerun, a three-run shot. Turner went on to have a 2-for-4 day with two runs and five RBI.

Chris Capuano was solid on the mound, tossing five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Francisco Rodriguez closed out the game for his 12th save.

New York has now one three consecutive series and are 19-21 on the season. Even more encouraging is the fact that none of the top four hitters in the lineup had a single hit today (though there were four walks) and the Mets still found a way to win and put runs on the board -- despite only having five hits in the game.


Final - 5.15.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 7 5 0
Houston Astros 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 4 10 2
WP: Chris Capuano (3 - 4)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (12)
LP: Aneury Rodriguez (0 - 2)

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Mets At Astros: Mets Can Win Third Straight Series

After a four-run first inning for the Houston Astros, it didn't look like R.A. Dickey would last much longer than the first inning. All things considered, he threw relatively well from that point onward, lasting 5 1/3 innings and really only running into trouble in the sixth when he gave up two solo homeruns.

And even after a loss like the 7-3 one yesterday, the New York Mets have a chance to win their third straight series and head into a homestand on a winning note.

Chris Capuano will take the mound for the Mets, while Aneury Rodriguez will toe the rubber for the 'Stros. Even though Capuano has a 4.93 ERA and 1.54 WHIP, he has allowed two runs ore more one in his last four outings. The past two outings -- against the Colorado Rockies in Colorado and against the San Francisco Giants -- Capuano has allowed two earned runs.

The 23-year-old Ridriguez is in the rotation in place of former Met Nelson FIgueroa who was designated for assignment, and he's had two oppositve results in his outings -- both against the Reds. In his first start, he threw a scoreless five innings, and in the second outing he allowed five earned runs. He's a hittable guy with modest strikeout potential -- and he's a guy the Mets should be able to take advantage of.

Carlos Beltran was a last-minute scratch in yesterday's lineup, and it's thought that he might have pink eye. If that's the case, Fernando Martinez will be in the lineup again in right field. Terry Collins has already said he doesn't want to put Martinez in center field, but could possibly move Jason Bay there to get Martinez some at bats. He hit a homerun in his pinch-hitting appearance on Friday and went 1-for-4 with a double yesterday.


Current Series

3 game series vs Astros @ Minute Maid Park

Fri 05/13 WP: Pat Misch (1 - 0)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez
LP: Jeff Fulchino (0 - 1)
6 - 4 win
Sat 05/14 WP: J.A. Happ (3 - 4)
LP: R.A. Dickey (1 - 5)
3 - 7 loss

New York Mets
@ Houston Astros

Sunday, May 15, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

Chris Capuano vs Aneury Rodriguez

Sunny. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

 

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Mets At Astros: Mets Look To Build Off Late-Inning Comeback

The New York Mets accomplished something last night against the Houston Astros they hadn't done in over a year: comeback from a four-run deficit. The last time the Mets did it was May 11 of 2010 against the Washington Nationals, but yeserday's erased what almost could've turned into a lopsided loss. It all came undone for Dillon Gee in the sixth inning -- and he couldn't even get an out in the frame, finishing with four earned runs in five innings -- but the Mets used the longball (from Fernando Martinez and David Wright) to ignite the rally.

What was so encouraging about the way the Mets came back was who they did it against. Bud Norris was rolling along until the eighth inning, but the Amazin's made him pay when he left some offspeed pitches out over the heart of the plate. In addition, the bullpen was solid, yet again, posting four scoreless innings.

This afternoon the Mets and R.A. Dickey will take on the Astros' J.A. Happ. Dickey has had a rough go of it so far this year: either walking too many guys or giving up way too many hits. Thus far his ERA sits at 4.50 and his WHIP at 1.54. In his start against the Astros on April 20, he threw the longest outing of the season, an eight-inning start in which he gave up four earned runs, and earned the loss in a 4-3 game.

Happ is another guy who has been very up and down this season. He's a very hittable lefty, who will not strikeout very many guys, so the Mets really have a chance to put some runs on the board. He's coming off a nice start against the Pittsburgh Pirates (two runs in six innings), but the last time he faced the Mets, he lasted only 4 2/3 and allowed six earned runs.

Today's lineup will have Jerry Hairston in center field and Ronnie Paulino behind the plate because of the left-handed starter.


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New York Mets
@ Houston Astros

Saturday, May 14, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

R.A. Dickey vs J.A. Happ

Sunny. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

 

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Steve Cohen Doesn't Want To Be A Silent Partner With The Mets

Steve Cohen might be the minority owner Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz have been looking for to give the New York Mets a cash infusion. It sounds, however, like the current Mets’ owners would have to give up a lot more than the 25 percent or so they originally sought to bring Cohen in.

CNBC says Cohen wants 49 percent of the ownership and seats on the board — which means he doesn’t want to be a silent minority partner — he wants a big say in how the franchise is run.

Wilpon says he is “very” confident he and Katz will keep control of the team.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said he is satisfied that the Mets are doing everything possible to bring in additional ownership.

“The Mets are doing, when you have a problem, what you have to do, and that is they’re selling part of their team and putting equity in the team. I’m satisfied that process is moving forward,” Selig said.

Wilpon and Katz need the help. The question for them appears to be just exactly how much are they willing to give up to get it.

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