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Astros outlast Mets in 11 to capture rare road series win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Morgan Ensberg was so excited that the Houston Astros have started to find their way on the road, he didn't know which teammate to credit first for this victory.

There was the against-the-odds, tying hit from Brad Ausmus. And Jose Vizcaino's leadoff single in the 11th inning. And Craig Biggio's pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh. Ensberg couldn't decide.

But he could have just picked his go-ahead RBI double in the 11th inning that helped the Astros to only their second road series win of the season, 6-3 over the New York Mets on Thursday night

"It's nice to get a good pitch to hit and hit it correctly," Ensberg said. "There was a lot of good hitting tonight in tough situations.

Perhaps the most unlikely at-bat tied it in the seventh, when Ausmus got just his second hit in 37 at-bats off Tom Glavine to make it 2-all.

"Brad had maybe the biggest hit," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "We've had so much trouble tying it up."

Ausmus had little explanation for his opposite-field liner down the right-field line.

"A blind squirrel found an acorn," Ausmus said. "I've been flailing at balls for over a decade against Glavine."

After losing to Pedro Martinez in the opener, the Astros won two straight and improved to 2-8 in road series this season -- they have won four of six on the road and are 7-23 away from home.

David Wright homered and drove in two runs for the Mets, but Houston opened the 11th with three straight hits off Heath Bell (0-3). Vizcaino and Lance Berkman singled before Ensberg doubled to left to make it 4-3. One out later, Everett singled to right to chase Bell.

"Balls were hit off the end of the bat," Bell said. "I couldn't get them out. I lost the game. Luck was on their side."

Russ Springer (1-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Brad Lidge struck out three batters in the 11th for his 15th save. He gave up a one-out double to Carlos Beltran, his third hit.

The Astros got a lucky bounce and a hit from an unlikely source in the seventh to take the lead. But the Mets benefited from some shoe polish on the ball -- just as in the 1969 World Series -- to tie it at 3 in the eighth.

Leading off the inning, Kaz Matsui appeared to be hit on the foot by a pitch from reliever Dan Wheeler, but plate umpire Gerry Davis looked unsure of the call until he inspected the ball and awarded Matsui first base. Astros manager Phil Garner came out to argue and was shown the ball.

"I don't want to admit, but yeah," Garner said when asked if Davis showed him the polish.

Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo sacrificed, and an out later Mike Cameron hit a sharp grounder up the middle that Everett stopped with a dive. But he couldn't make the throw from his knees.

Glavine settled down after a shaky first inning, shutting down the Astros into the seventh. But the team that entered hitting a major league-worst .241 rallied for a 3-2 lead in the seventh -- with a little help from a deflection.

Jason Lane doubled with one out and advanced to third when center fielder Beltran tried to backhand the ball and it skipped off the heel of his glove for an error. One out later, Ausmus doubled to right to score Lane.

"I was aware of his struggles against me in that situation," Glavine said. "I tried to go after him and tried to capitalize on his misfortune."

Biggio then hit a sharp grounder up the middle, which deflected off Glavine's leg toward the right side of the infield for an RBI single.

Glavine allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.

The Shea Stadium crowd of 30,737 booed former Yankees star Andy Pettitte when he took the mound in the first and each time he came to the plate.

Pettitte had his third straight strong start in an up-and-down season, limiting the Mets to two runs and four hits in six innings. He has given up just three runs in his last 19 innings but is 3-6 this season.

Pettitte missed significant time with elbow trouble that required season-ending surgery last season.

"It's been a long road back but it's been a heck of a lot better," Pettitte said.

Wright homered off the left-field foul pole to tie it leading off the second. The Astros had opened with a run on four hits -- including Berkman's RBI single.

The Mets took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a double by Beltran and a single by Wright.

Notes

  • Mets catcher Mike Piazza did not start because of a bruised left wrist. He was hit by a foul ball in the first inning Wednesday and left the game.
  • The Astros improved to 1-3 in extra-inning games. The Mets fell to 1-2.
 
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Adam Everett's single to right scores two runs in the 11th inning for Houston.  (AP)
Adam Everett's single to right scores two runs in the 11th inning for Houston. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

M. Ensberg
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
Chris Burke, LF6010023 .203
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Eric Bruntlett, CF3110100 .200
   a- Mike Lamb, PH1010000 .200
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Todd Self, RF0000000 .200
Jose Vizcaino, 2B5120000 .253
Lance Berkman, 1B5121001 .243
Morgan Ensberg, 3B5111012 .286
Jason Lane, RF-CF5120024 .237
Adam Everett, SS5012011 .242
Brad Ausmus, C5111002 .228
Andy Pettitte, P2000010 .056
   b- Craig Biggio, PH1011000 .277
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000 .000
   c- Orlando Palmeiro, PH-RF^LF2010000 .299
Totals4561461713 
a-singled for Bruntlett in the 10th
b-singled for Pettitte in the 7th
c-popped out for Wheeler in the 10th
Batting
2B - Morgan Ensberg (11, Bell), Jason Lane (13, Glavine), Brad Ausmus (3, Glavine)
RBI - Lance Berkman (12), Morgan Ensberg (32), Adam Everett 2 (22), Brad Ausmus (15), Craig Biggio (26)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Ausmus (6), Craig Biggio (11)
CS - Chris Burke (3, 2nd base by Glavine/Castro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Everett-Berkman
Houston Astros
Andy Pettitte 6422151 3.43
Chad Qualls (H,6) 1000020 4.85
Dan Wheeler (BS,1) 2111120 1.57
Russ Springer (W,1-2) 1000010 7.32
Brad Lidge (S,15) 1100030 2.67
HBP - Matsui (by Dan Wheeler)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 101-69, Chad Qualls 11-9, Dan Wheeler 32-20, Russ Springer 14-9, Brad Lidge 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 5-7, Dan Wheeler 3-1, Russ Springer 1-1
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 22, Chad Qualls 3, Dan Wheeler 9, Russ Springer 3, Brad Lidge 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5000011 .270
Mike Cameron, RF5011010 .333
Carlos Beltran, CF5130011 .300
Cliff Floyd, LF4000123 .283
David Wright, 3B5122022 .305
Chris Woodward, 1B4000022 .299
Ramon Castro, C3000112 .205
Kaz Matsui, 2B3100001 .241
Tom Glavine, P2000020 .083
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH0000000 .292
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .000
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH1000010 .322
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Totals3736321312 
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Hernandez in the 8th
b-struck out for Looper in the 10th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran 2 (13, Pettitte, Lidge)
HR - David Wright (10, Pettitte)
SH - Miguel Cairo (7)
RBI - Mike Cameron (13), David Wright 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Cameron (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cliff Floyd 1
E - Carlos Beltran (2, Missed catch)
New York Mets
Tom Glavine 7733150 4.56
Roberto Hernandez 1000000 2.42
Braden Looper 2200000 3.38
Heath Bell (L,0-3) 0.1433010 4.56
Aaron Heilman 0.2100010 3.78
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 112-69, Roberto Hernandez 6-4, Braden Looper 19-12, Heath Bell 17-10, Aaron Heilman 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 6-9, Roberto Hernandez 2-1, Braden Looper 3-2
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 28, Roberto Hernandez 3, Braden Looper 7, Heath Bell 5, Aaron Heilman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30737
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - James Hoye