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Mets 7, Astros 1

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NEW YORK -- John Maine was sitting quietly at his locker when reliever Pedro Feliciano walked over and started teasing him about getting past the fifth inning in Friday night's start.

"No more tests," Feliciano said as Maine grinned.

No more tests, indeed.

Maine tossed seven solid innings, Jeff Francoeur and Daniel Murphy homered and the New York Mets beat the Houston Astros 7-1 in the opener of their final series of the season.

"It's always good to end a season on a good note," Maine said.

David Wright had an RBI double in the first and finished with three hits for New York, which had lost four of five -- including an embarrassing three-game sweep at Washington.

Maine (7-6), who was activated Sept. 13 after being sidelined for three months with a sore right shoulder, allowed one run and five hits in his longest outing since he pitched seven innings on July 23, 2008, against Philadelphia. The right-hander also became the first Mets pitcher to win six consecutive home starts since Sid Fernandez in 1990.

Maine struck out seven and walked none while improving to 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA in five career starts against Houston.

"I'm just out there kind of working on a couple things and just trying to pitch to contact a little more," said Maine, who has just four walks in four starts since coming off the DL. "Don't know why I didn't try it before because the walks always hurt me."

The Mets began the season with high hopes this last series would consist of a few final at-bats and getting the rotation in order before the playoffs. Instead, an avalanche of injuries and shoddy play combined to take the drama out of New York's last couple weeks of the year.

The Mets were eliminated from postseason contention on the final day of each of the last two seasons. It was over much quicker in their first year at Citi Field.

Wandy Rodriguez (14-12) completed a breakout season with six effective innings for Houston, which has lost three of four. He allowed three runs and eight hits.

"This year he's put himself in a good position to be one of the best in the league," interim manager Dave Clark said.

Rodriguez was one of the only bright spots this year for the Astros, mired in fifth in the NL Central. The 30-year-old left-hander had a career-high 14 wins, 33 starts, 205 2/3 innings and 193 strikeouts.

"I have to thank God that I didn't have any injuries and finished strong this year," he said.

Houston also dropped to 4-7 under Clark, who took over when Cecil Cooper was fired Sept. 21. Clark is trying to make a case to stay on as the season winds down.

Francoeur connected in the sixth, hitting a two-run drive just over the wall in left to give New York a 3-1 lead. It was Francoeur's 10th homer since he was acquired from Atlanta on July 10 and 15th overall this season.

"He's playing extremely well," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "He comes with a lot of energy every day."

Murphy had a pinch-hit, two-run shot in New York's four-run eighth, picking up his team-leading 12th homer.

Bobby Parnell worked the eighth and Sean Green finished for the Mets. Francisco Rodriguez, who surrendered a game-ending grand slam to Justin Maxwell in the Nationals' 7-4 victory Wednesday night, warmed up in the eighth but sat down when it became a non-save situation.

Geoff Blum drove in Houston's run with a fielder's choice in the fourth.

"We just couldn't get the bats going," Clark said.

Notes

Astros SS Miguel Tejada singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. ... The Mets had no update on SS Jose Reyes, who is contemplating whether to have surgery on the troublesome right hamstring that sidelined him for most of this season. ... Houston RF Hunter Pence made a leaping catch to take a hit away from Luis Castillo in the fifth. ... Nick Evans hit New York's 47th triple of the season in the seventh inning, tying the franchise record set in 1978 and equaled in 1996. ... Mets pitchers issued no walks for the fifth time this season.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

J. Maine
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 7
 
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4010021 .286
Miguel Tejada, SS4010000 .314
Lance Berkman, 1B4110021 .272
Carlos Lee, LF4010011 .302
Geoff Blum, 3B3001010 .247
Hunter Pence, RF3000011 .284
Kazuo Matsui, 2B3010000 .253
Humberto Quintero, C2000010 .234
   a- Darin Erstad, PH1010000 .197
    Chris Coste, C0000000 .224
Wandy Rodriguez, P1000000 .127
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Sammy Gervacio, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Keppinger, PH1000001 .258
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
Totals3016108  
a-singled for Quintero in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Gervacio in the 8th
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (27, Maine), Carlos Lee (35, Maine)
SH - Wandy Rodriguez (6)
RBI - Geoff Blum (49)
CS - Michael Bourn (12, 3rd base by Maine/Santos)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Blum-Matsui-Berkman
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez (L,14-12) 6833131 3.02
Tim Byrdak 0.2100020 3.28
Sammy Gervacio 0.1000010 2.25
Doug Brocail 1544001 4.58
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 109-72, Tim Byrdak 13-9, Sammy Gervacio 4-3, Doug Brocail 37-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 6-8
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 26, Tim Byrdak 3, Sammy Gervacio 1, Doug Brocail 8
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, LF5120021 .299
Luis Castillo, 2B5000013 .306
David Wright, 3B4131011 .308
Carlos Beltran, CF4000003 .326
Jeff Francoeur, RF4232001 .281
Fernando Tatis, 1B4120000 .280
Omir Santos, C3121102 .260
Anderson Hernandez, SS3001003 .253
John Maine, P2000021 .148
   a- Nick Evans, PH1010000 .231
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .125
   b- Daniel Murphy, PH1112000 .265
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
Totals36714716  
a-tripled for Maine in the 7th
b-homered for Parnell in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Wright (39, Rodriguez), Omir Santos (14, Rodriguez)
3B - Nick Evans (1, Byrdak)
HR - Jeff Francoeur (15, Rodriguez), Daniel Murphy (12, Brocail)
SF - Anderson Hernandez (2)
RBI - David Wright (71), Jeff Francoeur 2 (76), Omir Santos (40), Anderson Hernandez (36), Daniel Murphy 2 (63)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy 2 (24)
SB - Angel Pagan (14, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Quintero), David Wright (27, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Quintero)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Castillo-A. Hernandez-Tatis
New York Mets
John Maine (W,7-6) 7511070 4.43
Bobby Parnell (H,16) 1100010 5.30
Sean Green 1000000 4.63
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 106-72, Bobby Parnell 15-9, Sean Green 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 8-5, Bobby Parnell 1-0, Sean Green 3-0
Batters Faced - John Maine 25, Bobby Parnell 3, Sean Green 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37576
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Damien Beal, Third Base - Adrian Johnson