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Mets lose to Astros thanks to Hunter Pence

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Houston, TX (Aug 17) – The Mets lost tonight to the Houston Astros by the score of 4-3. Hunter Pence had a big part in the game as he hit two home runs.

Johan Santana started for the Mets and pitched eight innings giving up four runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts. Santana gave up three first inning runs and then settled down not giving up another run until the eighth inning. The Mets had tied the game up in the top of the eighth.

The Mets offense, which has not been able to do much for a long time now, was able to score runs for the second straight game. Jose Reyes and Josh Thole each had two hits. Reyes had a walk and an RBI; Fernando Martinez had a hit and an RBI. David Wright had a hit and an RBI, Carlos Beltran had a hit and Johan Santana had a hit.

Beltran, Ike Davis and Jeff Francoeur all had walks. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single by Martinez. The Astros scored three runs in the first inning to take a 3-1 lead. The three runs scored on a three-run home run by Pence.

The Mets cut the lead to 3-2 in the second inning on a Reyes groundout. The score would remain 3-2 until the eighth when the Mets would tie it on a David Wright home run. The Astros won the game in the eighth with a run on another Pence home run.

It was Wright’s first homer of August; he has been struggling badly but has seemed to come out of it the last couple of games. The two early runs were all the Mets could do against former teammate Nelson Figueroa who did not give up a hit the rest of his start.

The Mets will send R.A. Dickey to the mound tomorrow night against Brett Myers. The Mets will be looking to win their first NL road series of the year. The Mets trail first place Atlanta by 11 games and are 8 ½ out of the wild card spot in the NL.

gmarchesej Posted by on August 17, 2010. Filed under Mets,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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