April 21, 2011: Extra-Base Hits Down Astros

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Date: April 21, 2011
Mets starter: Chris Capuano
Mets: 9
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Chris Capuano
Key player(s): Chris Capuano, David Wright, Ike Davis, Mike Nickeas
Key play: Mets’ homers and doubles

The Mets faced the Astros on a Thursday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected three doubles and three home runs in a 9-1 win over Houston.

Chris Capuano and the Astros’ J. A. Happ each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Happ got a one-out single in the top of the third. Michael Bourn drew a walk and Angel Sanchez lined out to Capuano, who followed up with a throw to shortstop Jose Reyes for an out on Happ at second base and an inning-ending double play. With one out in the bottom half, Mike Nickeas hit his first major league home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Happ then struck out Capuano and retired Reyes on a ground ball to third baseman Chris Johnson to finish off the inning.

Capuano gave up only a double to Johnson in the top of the fourth. David Wright slugged a solo home run with one out in the bottom half. Carlos Beltran singled and advanced to third base on a double by Jason Bay. With Ike Davis at bat, a wild pitch brought home Beltran and sent Bay to third. Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Bay and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Happ then retired Justin Turner on a grounder to shortstop Sanchez for the inning’s third out.

After pitching a scoreless top of the fifth, Capuano doubled against Happ with one out in the bottom half. Reyes drew a walk and Angel Pagan flied out to right fielder Hunter Pence. Wright hit a double to drive home Capuano and Reyes, increasing the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Houston reliever Enerio Del Rosario got Beltran on a ground ball to second baseman Matt Downs that ended the inning and Capuano surrendered only a walk to Carlos Lee in the top of the sixth. Del Rosario then yielded just a single to Turner in the bottom half.

Brett Wallace doubled to open the top of the seventh. Downs hit a single to score Wallace with the Astros’ first run of the game. Humberto Quintero grounded back to Capuano for a double play and pinch-hitter Jason Bourgeois lined out to left fielder Bay to end the inning. Houston reliever Aneury Rodriguez hurled a perfect bottom half and the Mets’ Taylor Buchholz gave up only a single to Bourn in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, Wright drew a walk and Beltran went down on strikes. Bay hit a fly ball on which Pence made an error, allowing both Wright and Jason himself to score for an 8-1 Mets lead. Davis followed with a homer for the ninth New York run. Rodriguez then fanned Turner for the final out of the inning.

Johnson was struck out to begin the top of the ninth. Wallace flied out to center fielder Willie Harris. Buchholz then retired Downs on a foul pop-up to catcher Nickeas to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.