Mets Vs Astros: Chris Schwinden Chased Early As Mets Swept In Houston

The Mets were swept by the Astros in their three-game series at Minute Maid Park.

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Chris Schwinden Demoted By New York Mets, Vinny Rottino Called Up

Chris Schwinden did not last long in the New York Mets rotation.

The club announced that the right-handed pitcher, given the first opportunity to replace the injured Mike Pelfrey in New York's starting rotation, was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. The move came after Schwinden was shelled in two consecutive outings, not making it past the fourth inning in either one.

The Mets also called up outfielder Vinny Rottino from Buffalo and transferred Pelfrey, out for the entire season due to Tommy John surgery, to the 60-day DL.

Schwinden gave up five earned runs on seven hits in four innings against the Colorado Rockies on April 27, then followed it during his next start on Wednesday by serving up five more earned runs on six hits in four innings against the Houston Astros.

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Mets Vs. Astros: Chris Schwinden Hammered Again In New York's 8-1 Loss

The New York Mets fell, 8-1, to Houston on Wednesday in their final game of a three game series with the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Mets were swept in the series.

Chris Schwinden got the start for the Mets and for the second game in a row, he was shelled by the opposition's hitters. In both outings this season, Schwinden has only made it four innings while giving up two homers and five earned runs. Schwinden only had one strikeout on Wednesday and picked up his first decision of the season in the loss. His counterpart, Wandy Rodriguez, struck out five batters and gave up just one run in seven innings of work for Houston.

The two Astros home runs gave them a 5-0 lead through three innings. New York got their only run when Andres Torres drove in David Wright with a single in the fourth inning. The rest of the damage by Houston was done in the fifth inning when the Astros battered Manny Acosta for three runs on five hits. Ruben Tejada was 3-4 at the plate and had three of the seven Mets hits on the day.

The Mets were outscored 18-7 in the series. Their next game will be on May 4 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field.

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New York Mets (13-11) At Houston Astros (10-14): Preview, Game Time, TV, Probable Pitchers

The New York Mets will look to avoid the sweep against the Houston Astros Wednesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

The Mets have to be very disappointed with the way this series has gone. New York just took two of three from Colorado before coming into Houston against a weak team and blowing two straight.

The Astros on the other hand have ensured themselves a series win for the first time since their opening one all the way back in the beginning of April.

Chris Schwinden will be on the bump for the Mets, which might make fans a little nervous. The 25-year-old has only started once this season and was touched up for five runs in four innings en route to an 18-9 loss at Coors Field.

Wandy Rodriguez is set to oppose Schwinden for Houston. The Astros ace has been terrific this year with a 2-2 mark but a sterling 1.72 ERA. In his last three outings combined Rodriguez has pitched 20 innings and only allowed three runs.

If New York is going to stop the slide before heading home to play the Arizona Diamondbacks, they'll need a big effort all the way around.

TV: SNY

Time: 2:05 p.m. ET

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Mets 3, Astros 6: Jon Niese Gives Up 5 Runs In 3 Innings

Jon Niese lasted just three innings on the mound, as the New York Mets dropped their second straight game to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Niese gave up five earned runs off of six hits in his brief stint on the mound, after giving up seven earned runs over his previous 25 innings played this season.

The Astros took a 5-0 lead on a pair of home runs. Jed Lowrie took Niese deep to left field, also scoring Jose Altuve in the process. Chris Snyder hit a three-run shot in the second innings to right field to provide what would prove to be the winning runs. Niese made it out of the third inning giving up just one walk before being pulled in favor of Miguel Batista to start the fourth.

The Mets scored twice off of J.A. Happ in the fourth inning, and once in the fifth to chip away at the Astros' lead. Andres Torres singled to score Justin Turner, and on the next at-bat Josh Thole singled to center to score Scott Hairston. In the next inning, Hairston sent Turner around home again with a single to left.

Happ left the mound after one out in the seventh inning after giving up six hits and three earned runs. The Mets got just one hit the rest of the way, a David Wright single off of Wilton Lopez in the eighth. Wright finished 2-for-4 at the plate.


Final - 5.1.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
Houston Astros 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 6 10 0
WP: J.A. Happ (2 - 1)
SV: Brett Myers (6)
LP: Jon Niese (2 - 1)

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New York Mets (13-10) At Houston Astros (9-14): Preview, Game Time, TV, Probable Pitchers

The New York Mets look to bounce back from a series-opening loss to the Houston Astros when the two teams resume their three-game set Tuesday night. (Game Time: 8:05 p.m. ET, TV Schedule: SNY)

Jordan Schafer scored on a Jed Lowrie single during the eighth inning as the Astros claimed a 4-3 win Monday. Manny Acosta earned the loss in relief for the Mets. R.A. Dickey took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning but served up three runs in the sixth frame, including a two-run homer by Matt Down, and received a no-decision.

Jonathon Niese takes the hill for the Mets and the Astros will counter with J.A. Happ.


Current Series

Astros lead the series 1-0

Mon 04/30 WP: Fernando Rodriguez (1 - 3)
SV: Brett Myers
LP: Manny Acosta (0 - 2)
3 - 4 loss

New York Mets
@ Houston Astros

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT
Minute Maid Park

Clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Wed 05/02 2:05 PM EDT

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Mets 3, Astros 4: Acosta Earns Loss To Open 3-Game Series

R.A. Dickey gave up three earned runs on three hits, and Manny Acosta gave up a fourth as the New York Mets lost 4-3 to open their three-game series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Monday night. Jed Lowrie hit a single to score Jordan Schafer in the eighth inning and give the Mets their 10th loss of the season.

Dickey did not give up a hit until the sixth inning, but promptly gave up three runs when he did. With the game tied 0-0, Travis Buck hit into a fielder's choice to score Schafer. Matt Downs came up to bat next and hit a home run to left field to give Houston a 3-0 lead.

The Mets charged back in the seventh innings, scoring three runs off of Bud Harris on hits by Andre Torres and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Four of Harris' seven hits again came in the inning, and the starter was pulled for Wilton Lopez for the last out.

Acosta relieved Dickey in the bottom of the seventh, forcing three straight outs, two on strikeouts. He lasted just three batters in the eighth inning, however, after allowing two singles, the second by Lowrie to bring in the Astros' winning run. Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell finished out the game on the mound for the Mets, and gave up zero runs. Unfortunately, New York could only get one hit off of Houston's assorted bullpen members.


Final - 4.30.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 8 2
Houston Astros 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 X 4 5 0
WP: Fernando Rodriguez (1 - 3)
SV: Brett Myers (5)
LP: Manny Acosta (0 - 2)

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Mets (13-9) Vs. Astros (8-14): Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The Mets and Astros get their series at Minute Maid Park underway on Monday night.

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