Alex Bregman hit the tie-breaking RBI single in the fourth inning Wednesday afternoon and Yainer Diaz followed with what proved to be the decisive two-run homer for the host Houston Astros, who outlasted the New York Mets 10-8 in a wild back-and-forth game.
Chas McCormick also hit a two-run homer while Bregman and Corey Julks had two RBIs apiece for the Astros, who won the final two games of the three-game series following a five-game losing streak. Martin Maldonado had an RBI on a safety squeeze while Maurcio Dubon had two doubles.
Daniel Vogelbach had three RBIs and Pete Alonso hit a two-run homer for the Mets, who fell to 0-5-1 in their last six series, a span in which they are 4-13. Starling Marte also had two RBIs and a stolen base while Francisco Lindor had an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Tommy Pham had two steals.
The game lasted three hours and 32 minutes -- the longest nine-inning game of the season for both teams. The teams combined to issue 16 walks, eight apiece, and steal eight bases, four each.
Vogelbach's two-run single in the top of the fourth tied the score at 6-6 and capped the Mets' second rally from a two-run deficit before the Astros responded immediately in the bottom half against Dominic Leone (1-3). Dubon doubled with one out and scored on Bregman's two-out single before Diaz homered on Leone's next pitch.
Alonso's homer off Rafael Montero in the sixth pulled the Mets within a run, but with Pham on second base and two outs, Julks preserved the lead when he made a sliding catch of Brett Baty's sinking liner to rob the rookie third baseman of the game-tying hit.
Phil Maton (1-2), the third of seven Astros pitchers. was credited with the win after giving up one hit -- Vogelbach's game-tying double -- in 1 1/3 innings. Hector Neris and Bryan Abreu followed Montero with scoreless innings before Ryan Pressly struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his 14th save.
Astros starter Cristian Javier gave up four runs on four hits and five walks while striking out one in 2 1/3 innings -- the shortest start of his career. Mets starter Tylor Megill allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out two in 2 1/3 innings.
Starling Marte (7), Francisco Lindor (19), Daniel Vogelbach (6)
Pete Alonso (23)
Brandon Nimmo 1, Starling Marte 3, Francisco Lindor 2, Pete Alonso 4, Tommy Pham 1, Daniel Vogelbach 4, Brett Baty 1
Starling Marte 2 (22), Francisco Lindor (51), Pete Alonso 2 (51), Daniel Vogelbach 3 (21)
2-Out RBI -
Daniel Vogelbach 2 (11)
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out -
Brandon Nimmo (19), Pete Alonso (29), Jeff McNeil 3 (38), Brett Baty 2 (22)
Francisco Lindor (4)
Pete Alonso (7)
Team LOB - 25
Tommy Pham (2nd off Javier/Maldonado), Starling Marte (2nd off Martinez/Maldonado), Starling Marte (2nd off Martinez/Maldonado), Starling Marte (2nd off Martinez/Maldonado), Starling Marte (2nd off Martinez/Maldonado), Tommy Pham (2nd off Montero/Maldonado), Francisco Lindor (2nd off Abreu/Maldonado)
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