August 26, 2012: Davis's Homers Lift Mets Over Astros

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Date: August 26, 2012
Mets starter: Jeremy Hefner
Mets: 2
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): Jeremy Hefner, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda
Key play: Duda’s throw in 9th, Davis’s two home runs

The Mets faced the Astros on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Ike Davis hit a pair of home runs in a 2-1 Mets win over Houston.

Jeremy Hefner and the Astros’ Lucas Harrell each pitched three innings of one-hit scoreless ball to start the game. Hefner retired all three Houston batters in the top of the fourth. Leading off the bottom half, Davis homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Lucas Duda flied out to center fielder Brandon Barnes and a strikeout of Ruben Tejada ensued. Harrell then retired Mike Baxter on a ground ball to second baseman Marwin Gonzalez to end the inning.

Hefner recorded four strikeouts and shut down the Astros from the fifth inning to the seventh. Harrell responded by striking out five Mets hitters in pitching perfect bottom halves. Jeremy and Houston reliever Wilton Lopez each gave up a single in a scoreless eighth inning and pinch-hitter Jose Altuve got an infield single to lead off the top of the ninth. Altuve stole second base and came around to score the tying run on a double by Gonzalez. Hefner was then replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Robert Carson, who got Brett Wallace to line out to first baseman Davis.

Ben Francisco hit a single against Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell on which Gonzalez tried to score. Left fielder Duda threw to catcher Kelly Shoppach for an out at home on Gonzalez. After arguing the call, Gonzalez was ejected by umpire David Rackley. Scott Moore was given an intentional walk. Parnell then retired Tyler Greene on a grounder back to the mound for the inning’s final out.

To start the top of the ninth, Lopez got David Wright to line out to right fielder Francisco. Davis came up to the plate and hammered his second homer to end the game. The Mets had an exciting victory to close out the series.