The Mets finally played some solid baseball and beat the Houston Astros 7-1 Friday night in the opener of their final series of the season.
John Maine (7-6) made his final start of the season and delivered one of his best performances in two years. He pitched seven solid innings and allowed just one run on five hits, and he didn’t walk a batter while striking out seven. It was just what the Mets needed at a time when there are so many questions about next season’s rotation. The start also marked the first time in 15 starts this season, that Maine was able to last through the seventh inning.
“It gives us a lot of hope,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “I haven’t seen his slider that good since he’s come back, and his fastball had late life. Very encouraging for all of us.”
Bobby Parnell and Sean Green finished the game in relief of Maine with two scoreless innings.
Offensively, Jeff Francoeur led the attack with three hits including a towering two run homer that broke the 1-1 tie and put the Mets in front for good in the sixth inning. For Francoeur, it was his 15th homerun of the season which leads all Mets batters.
Daniel Murphy also delivered a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning, and David Wright had an RBI double among his three hits on the evening. For Murphy, it was his team leading 12th homer.
Omir Santos, Fernando Tatis and Angel Pagan each had two of the Mets’ 14 hits against the ‘Stros and Nick Evans hit New York’s 47th triple of the season in the seventh inning, tying the franchise record set in 1978 and equaled in 1996.
With only two games left to the season, the Mets will send Pat Misch to the mound this afternoon who will be searching for his second consecutive solid outing. You may remember that Misch pitched a complete game shutout against the Marlins his last time out.
Here’s to the Mets finishing strong…