The Mets hit 3 home runs and scored all of their 6 runs in the final 3 innings to propel them past the Houston Astros.  They improved their record to 18-20 with the win.

Mets starter Dillon Gee was shaky, allowing 4 runs in his 5+ innings of work.  It could have been a lot worse, as Carlos Lee and Bill Hall were thrown out at the plate in the 2nd and 6th innings, respectively.  Hall’s play was a turning point in the game — the Astros were leading 4-0 with runners on second and third and looking like they were cruising to a blowout.  But Daniel Murphy made a nice backhanded snag on Michael Bourne’s groundball, got the out at first, and then threw Hall out at the plate.

Who's got it? (AP Images)

Up until the 7th inning, the Mets couldn’t do anything against Astros starter Bud Norris.  But with 2 outs in the inning, Jason Bay hit a solo shot over the train tracks in left field to get them on the board.  Then in the 8th, Fernando Martinez (remember him?) came off the bench for a 2-run pinch-hit home run to cut the lead to 4-3.  Later in the inning, after Jose Reyes walked, David Wright crushed a 2-run home run of his own — with 2 outs — to put the Mets up 5-4.

Jason Pridie then doubled in Justin Turner in the 9th for an insurance run, and Francisco Rodriguez secured the final 4 outs for his 11th save of the year.

3 Up:

-The Bullpen: 4 scoreless innings between Ryota Igarashi, Pat Misch, Taylor Buchholz, and K-Rod.  The ‘pen’s currently working on a 23-inning scoreless streak.

-Justin Turner: 2-4 with 2 runs scored.  He is now batting an even .300.

-Late-Game Hitting: For the majority of the year, the Mets’ bats have been silenced in the late innings.  This will probably be looked back upon as a signature win for them this year.

3 Down

-Daniel Murphy: 0-4 with an error at first base.  Although he started the double play in the 6th, so it was not a totally lost night for him.

-Dillon Gee: Never really got in a rhythm in this game, walking 4, hitting a batter, and committing a balk.

-Jose Reyes: Led the game off with a hit, but got picked off.  It didn’t matter in the end, but he’s got to be more aware out there.

On Deck: The Mets play the middle game of the series tomorrow in Houston.  First pitch is at 4:05 PM.

NYM Dickey (1-4, 4.50 ERA) vs HOU Happ (2-4, 5.75 ERA)