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New York at Houston

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N.Y. Mets (9-10) «0020104007121
Houston (9-13)2300000005111

Mets 7, Astros 5

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Shaun Marcum gave the Mets another pitcher to worry about. Alex White could be the answer to the Astros'

Marcum headed to New York for a cortisone shot in his right shoulder while the Mets were beating the Houston Astros 7-5 Wednesday.

Manager Terry Collins expects the right-hander to return for another spring training start early next week.

"He said he gets it every spring, pretty much," Collins said. "He just wanted to get it cleared up early so he can take a couple extra days now and he can go into his last start of the spring and extend himself a little bit."

Marcum, a winter free-agent singing, isn't the first Mets starter to have health issues this spring. Johan Santana hasn't pitched in a game as he builds strength in his throwing shoulder.

Also, Closer Frank Francisco has been sidelined because he is bothered by the same elbow inflammation that ended his 2012 season on Sept. 16 and Reliever Pedro Feliciano is dealing with a heart issue.

Matt den Dekker broke a tie with a two-run triple in the seventh inning and the Mets came back from a five-run deficit.

White was the starting pitcher on a day when the Astros reduced the competition for spots in their rotation by optioning Jordan Lyles and John Ely to Triple-A.

White, who is competing with veteran Erik Bedard, Brad Peacock and Edgar Gonzalez for two spots, gave up three runs in 4 1-3 innings. He left the game with a 5-3 lead.

"I feel real good about where I'm at," said White, a sinkerball pitcher acquired in a winter trade from Colorado. "I've still got to pitch, still got to get guys out. We've got a week and a half of competition left."

Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell and Philip Humber were named to pitch the Astros' first three regular-season games earlier Wednesday.

"Spring for me is always about getting ready," said White, who went 2-9 for the Rockies last season after starting the season in Triple-A. "This year is a little different because I knew I was competing for a spot, and I came in a lot fresher. I feel good and I feel like I'm ready for the season."

Peacock was scheduled to follow White on Wednesday night, but manager Bo Porter moved him back to Thursday after getting a report of threatening weather.

"You don't want to get a guy up to throw 10 or 15 pitches and then he's done, and this is a big outing for him," Porter said. "Tonight just wasn't the night to do it, not knowing what the weather was going to do."

Peacock will follow Harrell in Thursday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

Collin Cowgill's two-run home run off White started the Mets' comeback in the third inning.

Carlos Pena hit his fourth home run in the first inning for the Astros, who added three more runs on four singles off Mets starter Dillon Gee in the second.

Gee gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings, finishing his fourth start with three straight strikeouts.

Mets pitching coach" Dan (Warthen) got on him about making better pitches and he did a much better job in the last inning," Collins said.

NOTES: Jeremy Hefner will replace Marcum as the starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. ... Gonzalez, who has yet to start a game this spring, will pitch in an Astros minor league game Thursday.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

C. Cowgill
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

C. Pena
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordany Valdespin, 2B5121002 .348
Collin Cowgill, LF3122001 .318
    Jamie Hoffmann, LF2000012 .172
Ike Davis, 1B3000001 .333
    Zach Lutz, PR-1B1111000 .325
Marlon Byrd, CF1000200 .314
    Matt den Dekker, PR-CF1012000 .216
Lucas Duda, DH3000003 .220
   a- Anthony Recker, PH-DH1000001 .421
John Buck, C2010010 .348
    Landon Powell, C2000012 .174
Mike Baxter, RF2110002 .152
    Andrew Brown, RF2110010 .206
Ruben Tejada, SS2110011 .111
    Omar Quintanilla, SS2000000 .233
Brian Bixler, 3B2011011 .310
    Brandon Hicks, 3B2110000 .143
Totals36712726  
a-flied out for Duda in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ruben Tejada (1, White)
3B - Matt den Dekker (1, Chapman), Brian Bixler (2, White)
HR - Collin Cowgill (3, White)
RBI - Jordany Valdespin (9), Collin Cowgill 2 (6), Zach Lutz (5), Matt den Dekker 2 (5), Brian Bixler (7)
2-OUT RBI - Collin Cowgill 2 (5), Zach Lutz (3), Matt den Dekker 2 (3)
CS - Jordany Valdespin (2, 2nd base by White/Castro)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Davis, Davis-Tejada-Laffey, Powell-Hicks, Quintanilla-Valdespin-Lutz
E - Brandon Hicks (4, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee 4755151 8.31
Aaron Laffey 1000110 0.00
Pedro Feliciano 0.1100000 2.45
Greg Burke (W,1-0) 1.2100030 3.48
Josh Edgin (H,2) 1100010 3.72
Jeurys Familia (S,1) 1100010 3.24
HBP - Ankiel (by Dillon Gee)
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 35-28, Aaron Laffey 8-4, Pedro Feliciano 3-3, Greg Burke 11-11, Josh Edgin 7-6, Jeurys Familia 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 1-5, Aaron Laffey 1-0, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Josh Edgin 1-1, Jeurys Familia 1-0
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 20, Aaron Laffey 3, Pedro Feliciano 3, Greg Burke 5, Josh Edgin 4, Jeurys Familia 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B2111010 .362
    Jacob Elmore, 2B2000021 .226
Brett Wallace, 3B3111011 .289
    Brandon Laird, 3B-1B2010001 .350
Chris Carter, DH2000221 .255
Carlos Pena, 1B3123011 .306
    Jose Martinez, 3B1000001 .320
Jason Castro, C3010013 .448
    Jason Jaramillo, C1000000 .222
Rick Ankiel, CF1000001 .406
   a- Brandon Barnes, PH-CF2010000 .344
J.D. Martinez, RF4120002 .262
Trevor Crowe, LF4010012 .296
Tyler Greene, SS4110023 .154
Totals345115211  
a-grounded out for Ankiel in the 6th
Batting
2B - Brandon Barnes (2, Edgin)
HR - Carlos Pena (4, Gee)
SF - Jose Altuve (1)
RBI - Jose Altuve (3), Brett Wallace (10), Carlos Pena 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Wallace (7), Carlos Pena 3 (6)
SB - Jose Altuve (1, 2nd base off Gee/Buck), Tyler Greene (3, 2nd base off Gee/Buck)
CS - J.D. Martinez (2, 3rd base by G. Burke/Powell)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.D. Martinez 1
DP - T. Greene-Pena, Altuve-T. Greene, Martinez-T. Greene
E - Jose Martinez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex White 4.1733131 6.75
Wesley Wright (H,4) 0.2000000 9.00
Josh Fields (H,1) 1000100 3.52
Kevin Chapman (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2544010 12.60
Thomas Musick 0.1000000 0.00
David Martinez 2000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Alex White 34-25, Wesley Wright 2-2, Josh Fields 7-3, Kevin Chapman 9-9, Thomas Musick 1-1, David Martinez 10-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex White 4-3, Wesley Wright 2-0, Josh Fields 1-2, Kevin Chapman 1-0, David Martinez 2-2
Batters Faced - Alex White 18, Wesley Wright 2, Josh Fields 4, Kevin Chapman 7, Thomas Musick 1, David Martinez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 3709
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Jeff Gosney