They had a 3-0 lead and lost it. They got outhit, 12-8, and out-walked, 3-2. They ended three consecutive innings by grounding into double plays. When they got into a first-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth inning with a one-run lead, they turned to a reliever making his second major league appearance.
Somehow, some way, the Astros emerged from Citi Field with a 4-3 victory Wednesday night against the New York Mets.
Somehow, some way, the Astros have their first winning streak of the season.
One of the ways was a go-ahead home run by Hunter Pence in the eighth inning. One of the ways was rookie right-hander Jose Valdez bailing the Astros out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth. One of the ways was Astros reliever Brandon Lyon doubling speedy Mets shortstop Jose Reyes off first on a popped-up bunt by catcher Josh Thole in the ninth.
"We've been close all year," Astros second baseman Bill Hall said. "These are the kind of games, when the ball actually bounces your way, that can get you on a roll. You start feeling confident about yourselves."
The Astros have a two-game winning streak for the first time since they defeated the Reds 4-3 last Sept. 19 and the Nationals 8-2 the following day. The last time the Astros had beaten the same team in back-to-back days was last Sept. 13-14 against the Brewers.
"The team is excited," Astros catcher J.R. Towles said. "Everybody is playing together, playing hard. Everybody is contributing in some way, whether it's with their bat or glove or arm."
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