Astros Seal First Series Win

NEW YORK (AP) - Hunter Pence hit a blistering go-ahead home run

in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros used two smart fielding

plays late to beat New York 4-3 Thursday night, giving the Mets

their worst home start ever.

The Mets fell to 1-8 at Citi Field. They began 1-7 at the Polo

Grounds during their 1962 expansion season before winning their

next home game.

The Mets' seventh straight home loss dropped them to 5-13

overall, their poorest start since going 3-15 in 1964, according to


Astros reliever Jose Valdez made a sweeping tag at home to end

the Mets' eighth-inning comeback. In the ninth, after Jose Reyes

got his fourth hit, Josh Thole popped up a bunt and closer Brandon

Lyon threw to first for the double play.