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New York at Houston

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N.Y. Mets (60-61)000200000230
Houston (53-67) «00000030x361

Astros 3, Mets 2

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HOUSTON -- Houston's last nine wins have been come-from-behind victories.

The Astros have rallied so often lately that they have come to expect a late comeback.

Carlos Lee hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Astros did it again on Thursday night, beating the New York Mets 3-2.

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"We've been fighting back a lot lately and winning a lot of games coming from behind," Lee said. "Now we feel like it's never over until it's over. So it seems like we get a hit here and there ... and then a big hit."

Angel Sanchez and Hunter Pence singled with no outs before Lee drove Pat Misch's next pitch to the Crawford Boxes in left field.

"They found the right spots and then we kind of decided to go in with Lee," Misch said. "He guessed right and crushed it. I could have gotten it in a little bit farther, but he also opened up, and guessed right. He got it, and that is what he gets paid to do."

Misch (0-2) was rolling before the trouble in the seventh, retiring 16 straight hitters after Pence's two-out double in the first.

"We were 1 for 19 or something like that against this guy until the seventh inning and to see the guys put some good at bats together and get some hits was good," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "Being able to finally get some guys on and get something going was big. Of course when you get a big hit like that, that's huge."

Bud Norris (6-7) pitched seven solid innings for Houston, yielding two runs and two hits. Wilton Lopez worked the eighth before Brandon Lyon tossed a perfect ninth for his fifth save, completing the three-hitter.

New York scored both of its runs in the fourth. Angel Pagan walked, stole second and advanced on a groundout before coming home on Jeff Francoeur's bouncer to shortstop. Chris Carter added a run-scoring infield hit.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel is disappointed with the his team's recent hitting slump.

"We have to do more offensively," Manuel said. "We have to find a way to get it done. That's a poor effort on our part offensively. We just have to do better. Period. It's pathetic."

Norris settled down after the shaky fourth, retiring the last 10 batters he faced. The right-hander struck out four and walked two while throwing 123 pitches, improving to 4-0 with a 3.31 ERA in his last five starts.

"I went in the tunnel and took a deep breath and said: 'Hey, it's done. It's over with. You've still got to go out there and pitch,"' Norris said of getting back on track after the fourth inning. "My pitch count was already pretty high, but my arm felt good and I had no trouble throwing a lot of pitches and I went out there and regrouped and pitched good from there on out."

Lopez yielded a hit in the eighth and hasn't allowed a run in his last 17 outings.

Misch gave up three runs and four hits in six-plus innings.

Misch singled with one out in the third for the first hit off Norris, who retired the next two batters before running into trouble in the fourth inning.

Notes

Houston placed IF Jeff Keppinger on the 15-day DL with an injured left big toe and purchased the contract of IF Anderson Hernandez from Triple-A Round Rock after the game. ... The Astros activated INF Tommy Manzella from the DL. He had been out with a fractured left index finger. ... RHP Brian Moehler, on the DL with a tear in his groin, felt good after throwing three innings of a simulated game on Thursday. He could be ready to go on a rehabilitation assignment soon. ... The Mets optioned OF Fernando Martinez to Triple-A Buffalo to make room on the roster for Rod Barajas, who came off the DL to start at catcher.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

C. Lee
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Houston

B. Norris
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 2
BB 2
K 4
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4010001 .285
Luis Castillo, 2B4000012 .236
Angel Pagan, CF-LF3100111 .294
David Wright, 3B3100010 .290
Ike Davis, 1B3000100 .240
Jeff Francoeur, RF4001001 .231
Chris Carter, LF3011001 .267
    Carlos Beltran, CF0000000 .226
Rod Barajas, C3000011 .225
Pat Misch, P2010010 .333
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   a- Josh Thole, PH1000000 .281
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
Totals3023225  
a-grounded out for Acosta in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Jeff Francoeur (49), Chris Carter (15)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Carter (2)
SB - Angel Pagan (30, 2nd base off Norris/Quintero)
CS - Ike Davis (1, 2nd base by Norris/Quintero)
Team LOB - 4
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Pat Misch (L,0-2) 6433011 3.00
Manny Acosta 1000010 3.18
Pedro Feliciano 0.1200000 3.02
Ryota Igarashi 0.2000020 7.65
Pitches-Strikes - Pat Misch 69-47, Manny Acosta 12-8, Pedro Feliciano 17-12, Ryota Igarashi 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pat Misch 9-8, Pedro Feliciano 1-0
Batters Faced - Pat Misch 22, Manny Acosta 3, Pedro Feliciano 3, Ryota Igarashi 2
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3000000 .248
Angel Sanchez, SS4110012 .284
Hunter Pence, RF4120012 .285
Carlos Lee, 1B3113001 .248
Jason Michaels, LF3000000 .254
Chris Johnson, 3B3000020 .340
Geoff Blum, 2B3000000 .263
Humberto Quintero, C3010000 .220
Bud Norris, P2000000 .188
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Bourgeois, PH1010000 .237
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Totals2936304  
a-singled for Lopez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence (25, Misch)
HR - Carlos Lee (16, Misch)
SH - Michael Bourn (5)
RBI - Carlos Lee 3 (65)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
PB - Humberto Quintero (4)
E - Angel Sanchez (4, Missed catch of throw)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (W,6-7) 7222240 5.23
Wilton Lopez (H,11) 1100000 2.89
Brandon Lyon (S,5) 1000010 3.57
HBP - Wright (by Bud Norris)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 123-75, Wilton Lopez 12-8, Brandon Lyon 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 8-9, Wilton Lopez 2-1, Brandon Lyon 1-1
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 26, Wilton Lopez 4, Brandon Lyon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26271
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West