HOUSTON -- Jordan Schafer scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Jed Lowrie with one out in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros rescued a
4-3 win over the New York Mets on Monday night to open a three-game series.
The Astros scored three runs in the sixth inning off Mets starter R.A. Dickey, only to have New York return the favor off Bud Norris an inning later.
The win snapped Houston's two-game slide, and the Astros improved to 5-9 in games decided by two or fewer runs. New York, meanwhile, dropped to
9-2 in such games.
The Mets entered the game hot, having won five of their previous six, including two of three at Colorado.
Houston returned home after a 2-4 road trip that saw it drop series at Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
The Astros have lost six straight series since claiming their opening series over Colorado.
Astros reliever Fernando Rodriguez (1-3) pitched one-third of an inning for the win, and closer Brett Myers pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.
Schafer, who finished 2-for-4 with two runs, has now reached safely in all 23 games this season for the Astros, tied for the second-longest stretch in team history at the start of the season.
He singled on a grounder to third to start the bottom of the eighth, stole second and scored on Lowrie's line drive to center that was deflected by Mets reliever Manny Acosta (0-2).
Schafer proved the catalyst for Houston's offense throughout the night.
He broke a no-hitter attempt by Dickey in the sixth, then scored to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.
Matt Downs hit a two-run home run later in the inning to give the Astros a three-run cushion.
Dickey held Houston hitless through five in dominating fashion, striking out six and walking two as he aimed for his second win in as many starts.
In the sixth, Schafer hit Dickey's first offering for a line drive to left to break the no-hit attempt. He wasn't done running.
He reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Altuve, made it to third on a Lowrie single to left and scored on a play that saw Travis Buck ground into a forceout with Lowrie retired at second.
Downs then took a 1-0 pitch deep to left for his second home run of the season.
Norris kept the Mets scoreless through six innings but came undone in the seventh.
First he coughed up back-to-back singles to David Wright and Ike Davis. Andres Torres hit an RBI single to score Wright and slice the Astros' lead to 3-1.
Pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run single to tie the game with two outs, and that marked the end of Norris' outing.
Norris allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
Wilton Lopez got Ruben Tejada to line out to third baseman Chris Johnson for the third out.
NOTES: Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey, on the disabled list since April 24, will have season-ending Tommy John surgery in his right elbow Tuesday. Pelfrey, 28, has a partially torn ligament in his elbow. The injury, initially diagnosed last week, was confirmed by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, who will operate on Pelfrey. ... The Mets activated Torres from the 15-day disabled list. He had been sidelined since Opening Day due to a strained calf. Infielder Zach Lutz was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo after Sunday's game.
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