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HOUSTON -- The New York Mets' season may not be a lost cause just yet.
Suddenly, things don't seem so bad after they piled up 38 hits and 22 runs in three days at Minute Maid Park to win a road series for the first time since early June.
"When you get a number of guys swinging the bats the way we're swinging the bats right now, you feel very confident that you can get something done," said Mets manager Jerry Manuel.
The Mets also got consecutive impressive starts in Houston, from Jonathon Niese in Saturday's 10-3 win before Hernandez on Sunday.
Hernandez (7-5) allowed only four singles after the Astros built a 3-0 lead in the first inning. He threw 107 pitches in seven innings and won his second straight start after losing the previous four.
Luis Castillo, Jeff Francoeur and David Wright drove in two runs apiece for the Mets, who had at least 12 hits for the third straight game. New York scored 18 runs in two games after scoring fewer than five in 15 of its previous 20.
The Mets open a 10-game homestand against Colorado on Monday with renewed optimism.
"The last two games, we've played great ball," said Francoeur. "It's big momentum for us coming home. We've got a shot."
Houston's Brian Moehler (7-6) gave up five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 9. He lost for the second time in seven starts.
"I did nothing right," Moehler said. "I didn't locate, I didn't pitch smart, I had nothing. It was just poor everything."
Hernandez was the pitcher in trouble early, needing 36 pitches to escape the first inning. Kaz Matsui walked with one out before Miguel Tejada, Carlos Lee and Geoff Blum hit consecutive doubles. Blum tried to score on Hunter Pence's single up the middle, but Angel Pagan threw to catcher Brian Schneider for the out at the plate.
Hernandez got a shot of confidence from the good defensive play.
"Plays like that keep you on the mound," Hernandez said. "They saved one run. That was big."
The Mets answered with three runs in the third.
Pagan reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Castillo's triple to right. Wright followed with an RBI single and scored later in the inning on Francoeur's sacrifice fly.
Alex Cora singled with one out in the fourth and scored on Pagan's triple. Castillo then laid down a bunt in front of the pitcher's mound and Pagan scored when Ivan Rodriguez couldn't handle Moehler's hurried throw home.
Alberto Arias started the eighth for Houston and Cora beat out an infield single. Pinch hitter Jeremy Reed then tripled to right center and Cora scored, the first earned run allowed by Arias in his last 23 appearances.
Castillo singled off Arias in the ninth and scored on Wright's double to center. Wright came home on Francoeur's single to center.
Francoeur has 14 RBI since joining the Mets on July 10 in a trade from Atlanta. He has multiple RBI in four of 12 starts in New York and said his transition from the Braves has gone better than he expected it would.
"From the coaches to the players, they've instilled a confidence in me," he said. "I feel comfortable at the plate, I feel that I'm going to be able to get a hit."
|The Mets don't just use their bats to get the job done as catcher Brian Schneider displays in the first inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Angel Pagan, CF||5||2||1||1||0||1||2||.309|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||4||2||2||2||1||0||0||.301|
|David Wright, 3B||5||2||2||2||0||0||2||.318|
|Daniel Murphy, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.243|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||.261|
|Cory Sullivan, LF||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.214|
|Brian Schneider, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.212|
|Alex Cora, SS||4||2||2||0||0||1||3||.242|
|Livan Hernandez, P||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.143|
|a- Jeremy Reed, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.264|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Green, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-tripled for Hernandez in the 8th|
|2B - David Wright (26, Arias)|
|3B - Angel Pagan (4, Moehler), Luis Castillo (3, Moehler), Jeremy Reed (2, Arias)|
|SF - Jeff Francoeur (6)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan (6), Luis Castillo 2 (24), David Wright 2 (48), Jeff Francoeur 2 (49), Jeremy Reed (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (4), Luis Castillo (12), Jeremy Reed (3)|
|SB - Cory Sullivan (1, 3rd base off Moehler/Rodriguez), Alex Cora (8, 2nd base off Moehler/Rodriguez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Angel Pagan 1|
|DP - Castillo-Cora-Murphy, Castillo-Cora-Murphy|
|New York Mets|
|Livan Hernandez (W,7-5)||7||8||3||3||1||7||0||4.87|
|Pedro Feliciano (H,18)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.82|
|Sean Green (S,1)||1.1||2||0||0||0||1||0||4.95|
|Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 106-64, Pedro Feliciano 8-5, Sean Green 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 4-7, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Sean Green 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 27, Pedro Feliciano 2, Sean Green 5|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.284|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.249|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.326|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.309|
|Geoff Blum, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.277|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.295|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.261|
|Chris Coste, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.256|
|Brian Moehler, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Kata, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Jeff Fulchino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jason Michaels, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.183|
|Alberto Arias, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Wright in the 5th|
|b-flied out for Fulchino in the 7th|
|2B - Miguel Tejada (31, Hernandez), Carlos Lee (18, Hernandez), Geoff Blum (10, Hernandez)|
|RBI - Miguel Tejada (55), Carlos Lee (60), Geoff Blum (33)|
|SB - Kazuo Matsui (10, 2nd base off Hernandez/Schneider), Matt Kata (1, 2nd base off Hernandez/Schneider)|
|CS - Hunter Pence (7, 2nd base by Hernandez/Schneider)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Tejada-Matsui-Coste|
|E - Ivan Rodriguez (4, Throwing)|
|Brian Moehler (L,7-6)||4.2||8||5||5||2||2||0||5.16|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 89-57, Wesley Wright 5-3, Jeff Fulchino 27-14, Alberto Arias 31-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 8-5, Jeff Fulchino 3-2, Alberto Arias 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 25, Wesley Wright 1, Jeff Fulchino 6, Alberto Arias 10|
|Attendance - 34642|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Jerry Layne|