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.
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|WP: Chris Capuano (3 - 4)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (12)
LP: Aneury Rodriguez (0 - 2)