Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/1/12

HOUSTON -- Jed Lowrie and Chris Snyder homered early, and the Houston Astros got another quality outing from left-hander J.A. Happ to make the lead last for a 6-3 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday.

Snyder blasted a three-run shot to the Minute Maid Park railroad tracks atop left field to give the Astros a 5-0 lead with no outs in the second inning. It was Snyder's first home run since signing with the Astros as a free agent in January.

Snyder entered the game hitting .121 -- including .083 versus left-handers -- with three RBI, but he went deep of Mets lefty Jonathon Niese (2-1).

Lowrie was first to rock Niese, hitting a two-run shot to left in the first inning. Lowrie's third homer of the season scored Jose Altuve to give the Astros the early lead.

Niese left after just three innings, charged with five runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out one. It was Niese's shortest outing as a starter since Sept. 29, 2010, when he pitched 2 2/3 innings in a loss to Milwaukee.

The victory gave the Astros the three-game series with a game to spare, Houston's first series win since April 6-8 against Colorado.

Happ (2-1) posted his fourth quality start in five tries this season and his first win since April 9 against Atlanta. He allowed three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking three.

Astros relievers Wilton Lopez and Wesley Wright combined to keep the Mets scoreless through the eighth inning, and Brett Myers pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save in as many attempts.

Andres Torres and Josh Thole hit back-to-back, two-out RBI singles off Happ in the fourth to get the Mets on the scoreboard.

Scott Hairston scored Justin Turner with a single to left in the fifth inning to get the Mets within two runs.

Houston made it 6-3 in the sixth with some help from Mets relievers Miguel Batista and Ramon Ramirez, who combined for four walks in the inning.

Ramirez walked Lowrie to load the bases with two outs, then walked J.D. Martinez to score Happ before getting Carlos Lee to fly out to end the inning.

The Mets were aiming to bounce back from Monday's 4-3 loss to Houston in the series opener. They have now lost three of the last five.

NOTES: Astros right-hander Kyle Weiland is out indefinitely after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to treat an infection in his right shoulder. Weiland, on the 15-day disabled list since Friday (retroactive to April 25), is 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA in three starts. ... Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer sat out the game due to a left oblique strain. Justin Maxwell started in place of Schafer, who has reached base safely in 23 consecutive games, tied with Ricky Gutierrez (1998) for the second-longest stretch in franchise history at the start of a season. ... Prior to Tuesday's start, Niese was 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA against the Astros, having made three quality starts.

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