After a rocky first inning, rookie Jonathon Niese settled down and delivered a great pitching performance, allowing only one run to the Houston Astros. The Astros scored their only run in the first after Niese walked two batters and gave up one of the four hits he would allow all night.
After the first inning, Niese retired 10 batters in a row. He only struck out three batters, but he drove the Astros into the ground and induced a couple of double plays.
The Mets offense exploded for the first double-digit scoring effort since June 24 when the Mets beat the Cardinals 11-0. They had a multiple-home run night, three to be exact, for the first time in recent memory.
Jeff Francoeur launched a three-run home run in the fifth inning. It was one of four RBI on his two hits tonight. Omir Santos had a solo homer in the sixth. David Wright finally ended his home run drought in the ninth inning with the game out of hand. It was his first home run in 75 at-bats.
The Mets’ scoring started off early in the first inning when they walked and had three hits. Daniel Murphy scored two with a double, Francoeur had a sacrifice fly and Cory Sullivan drove in Murphy. Angel Pagan, Santos, Luis Castillo, Murphy and Francoeur each had two hits.
Once again, the Mets didn’t gain any ground on the Phillies as they blew out the Cardinals, 14-6.
The Mets can make this a 4-6 road trip if they can defeat the Astros on Sunday. Livan Hernandez tries to build on his last strong outing. Hopefully, tonight’s offensive outburst wasn’t a fluke.