Hunter Pence led off the 8th inning with a tiebreaking home run off Mets starter R.A. Dickey, the Mets were unable to score in the last 3 innings despite getting runners on base in each of them, and Houston’s bullpen held on for the win.  The loss drops the Mets to 5-13, and 1-9 over their last 10 games.

It was a back and forth game, which saw the Astros jump out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning.  However, the Mets were able to get one back when Carlos Beltran drove in Jose Reyes in the 3rd, and then tie it in the 6th with Daniel Murphy’s 2-run home run.

Reyes looked to get things started in the 9th with a single, but Josh Thole erased him by bunting into a double play.  David Wright then promptly flew out to left field to end the game and leave the Mets wondering just what they would have to do to get a win these days.

3 Up:
-2-out hitting: All Mets runs were scored with 2 outs.
-Dickey: Settled down nicely after the 2nd inning and did all he could to make sure the Mets didn’t put this game in the hands of their atrocious bullpen.
-Beltran:  Continues to rake – 3-4 with the aforementioned RBI, one of the few bright spots for the Mets this season.  Inspiring comeback thus far from his injuries.

3 Down:
-Getting runners in: The Mets managed to get 15 runners on base tonight, yet only 3 of them scored.  They hit into 2 late inning double plays, as well as Angel Pagan getting thrown out at home trying to score on a strikeout pitch that didn’t quite get far enough away from the catcher.  Speaking of which…
-Pagan: 0-3 on the night, hitting .167 on the year.  Nice waste of a fantasy pick for my team.   
-Giving the home fans something to cheer about: The Mets have now lost 7 straight at home and are 1-8 at Citi Field to start the season.

On Deck: The Mets look to avoid the sweep as the series concludes tomorrow at 7:10 PM.

HOU J.A. Happ (1-2, 5.79 ERA) vs. NYM Chris Capuano (1-1, 8.53 ERA)