Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 5/1/12


The New York Mets were defeated by the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, dropping to 13-11 on the season:

Jon Niese started for the Mets and picked up his first loss of the year, lasting just three innings allowing five earned runs on six hits; two of which were homeruns:

After Astros second baseman Jose Altuve reached safely with an infield single to start the bottom half of the first inning, former Red Sox Jed Lowrie drilled his third homerun of the season off the left field foul pole to give Houston the early 2-0 lead.  Niese retired three of the next four batters he faced, but found himself in trouble once again in the second. Brian Bogusevic and Justin Maxwell got the frame started with back-to-back singles and Chris Synder plated the two with a moon shot that landed a top the railroad tracks in left field.


Astros, who have lost six straight series, up 2-0 in 1st inning after HR by Jed Lowrie. Houston already won opener Monday. about 3 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin

THE OFFENSE:  Down 5-0 the Mets mounded a mini rally in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs on three hits.  With runners on the corners, Andres Torres singled home the first run before Josh Thole delivered an RBI single to cut the led to three runs, 5-2.  With Jon Niese due to follow Thole, manager Terry Collins opted to pinch hit for the left hander — who had only thrown 60 pitches — and bring in Lucas Duda; who had not started the first two games in the series due to flu like symptoms. “When your in a game where your down five you have to take the opportunity,” Collins said about lifting Niese.  Collins took a shot at trying to tie the game with one swing, but Houston starter J.A. Happ had something different in mind.  Happ ended the threat by striking out the Dude on five pitches to end the inning.

The Mets scored another run in the fifth before Happ, and three Astros relievers, combined to retire 11 of the next 12 batters they would face.

TRY TO SAVE FACE:  The Mets will try to salvage the series tomorrow afternoon when they send Chris Schwinden to the mound to face Wandy Rodriguez.


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