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Astros' Lee nabs 2,000th hit during win over Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- Carlos Lee would rather celebrate a win than his 2,000th hit.

The Astros slugger reached the milestone with an RBI single during a four-run first inning, then added a home run later in the game, helping Houston beat the New York Mets 7-3 on Saturday.

"Anytime you accomplish something, it's always better when you win," Lee said. "You can celebrate and have fun. It's a lot easier."

The Astros made it look easy.

Michael Bourn tripled to open the game against knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey (1-5) and scored on a groundout by Clint Barmes. Hunter Pence and Lee followed with singles, and three more runs scored on a double by Brett Wallace and singles by Chris Johnson and Bill Hall.

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"People always ask my goals," Lee said. "I don't follow numbers. I just want to stay healthy and see at the end of the season and see what we can do. I take more pride in getting RBI."

Lee hit one of three Astros home runs to snap New York's three-game winning streak. J.A. Happ (3-4) pitched six innings for the win, scattering five hits and three walks.

Dickey allowed six hits in the first inning, then held the Astros in check until the sixth, when Hall and pinch hitter Matt Downs hit solo homers. It was Downs' first pinch hit home run.

"This team in particular has had a pretty good approach," Dickey said. "I feel like in the first inning they were doing a good job of pushing balls the other way.

"I don't know if you guys noticed it, but after the first inning, I started to pitch more conventionally a lot more than I ever have as a Met, simply to break the spiral that was occurring in the first inning."

Lee became the 17th active player to reach 2,000 hits, and he is the ninth active player to have at least that many hits while also belting 300 or more home runs.

"It was nice just to get there," said Lee, who also ran his hitting streak to eight games. "Thanks to God to keep me healthy all these years and to go out there and do the best I can do. It shows that I've been playing for a long time. I'm excited to get there."

The Mets got one run in the third when Jose Reyes doubled and scored on a single to right field by Justin Turner, then added another in the fourth, when Daniel Murphy led off the inning with his third homer of the season.

Reyes had an RBI single off reliever Mark Melancon in the ninth.

Notes

  • Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran sat out the game with swelling in his right eye.
  • Francisco Rodriguez has converted 11 straight saves and hasn't allowed a run in the last 12 2-3 innings for the Mets.
  • Turner became the seventh Mets player to hit in the No. 2 position this season.
  • Houston CF Michael Bourn leads the National League with 14 steals.
 
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 Carlos Lee swings through his 2,000th career hit; becoming the 17th active player to reach that milestone.  (Getty Images)
Carlos Lee swings through his 2,000th career hit; becoming the 17th active player to reach that milestone. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Houston

C. Lee
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

J. Reyes
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5121000 .318
Justin Turner, 2B5011011 .286
David Wright, 3B3000101 .231
Jason Bay, LF1000311 .214
Ronny Paulino, C4000005 .370
Daniel Murphy, 1B4111012 .245
Scott Hairston, CF3010010 .209
   a- Willie Harris, PH1000010 .219
Fernando Martinez, RF4010002 .333
R.A. Dickey, P2000011 .077
    Mike O'Connor, P0000000 .000
   b- Chin-lung Hu, PH1000000 .053
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
    Pat Misch, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Pridie, PH1110000 .246
Totals3437346  
a-struck out for Hairston in the 9th
b-popped out for O'Connor in the 7th
c-doubled for Misch in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (13, Happ), Fernando Martinez (1, Happ), Jason Pridie (5, Melancon)
HR - Daniel Murphy (3, Happ)
RBI - Jose Reyes (15), Justin Turner (4), Daniel Murphy (12)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (10)
SB - David Wright (9, 2nd base off Happ/Quintero)
Team LOB - 8
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (L,1-5) 5.11166022 5.08
Mike O'Connor 0.2000010 0.00
Ryota Igarashi 1.2211221 4.22
Pat Misch 0.1000000 2.25
HBP - Barmes (by Mike O'Connor), Bogusevic (by Pat Misch)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 106-76, Mike O'Connor 10-6, Ryota Igarashi 34-19, Pat Misch 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 8-6, Ryota Igarashi 2-1, Pat Misch 1-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 27, Mike O'Connor 3, Ryota Igarashi 9, Pat Misch 2
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4110121 .265
Clint Barmes, SS4011001 .182
Hunter Pence, RF5110013 .296
Carlos Lee, LF4221000 .245
    Brian Bogusevic, LF0000000 .333
Brett Wallace, 1B4121103 .336
Chris Johnson, 3B4021002 .205
Bill Hall, 2B4122012 .227
Humberto Quintero, C4000013 .239
J.A. Happ, P2010002 .462
   a- Matt Downs, PH1111000 .275
    Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Michaels, PH1000000 .100
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
Totals37713725  
a-homered for Happ in the 6th
b-grounded out for Lopez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brett Wallace 2 (11, Dickey, Dickey)
3B - Michael Bourn (2, Dickey)
HR - Carlos Lee (4, Igarashi), Bill Hall (2, Dickey), Matt Downs (2, Dickey)
RBI - Clint Barmes (3), Carlos Lee (22), Brett Wallace (12), Chris Johnson (15), Bill Hall 2 (13), Matt Downs (8)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Humberto Quintero (4, Dropped fly)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
J.A. Happ (W,3-4) 6522341 5.40
Fernando Abad 0.2000000 7.11
Wilton Lopez 1.1000110 3.97
Mark Melancon 1211010 1.83
WP - J.A. Happ (2)
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 110-64, Fernando Abad 8-6, Wilton Lopez 18-10, Mark Melancon 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 4-10, Wilton Lopez 3-0, Mark Melancon 1-1
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 26, Fernando Abad 2, Wilton Lopez 5, Mark Melancon 5
Game Information
Attendance - 31140
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Angel Hernandez