Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Mets won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, May 13
NY Mets6Final
Game 2: Saturday, May 14
NY Mets3Final
Game 3: Sunday, May 15
NY Mets7Final

Mets 7

(19-21, 11-10 away)

Astros 4

(15-25, 9-13 home)

    2:05 PM ET, May 15, 2011

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    NYM 000043000 7 5 0
    HOU 010101010 4 10 2

    W: C. Capuano (3-4)

    L: A. Rodriguez (0-2)

    S: F. Rodriguez (12)

    Mets-Astros Preview


    The Houston Astros are at the bottom of the NL Central, but they haven't hit like a last-place club when facing the New York Mets.

    The Astros will try to take the season series from New York for the first time in three years when they meet the Mets on Sunday for the final time in 2011.

    Carlos Lee's 2,000th career hit was one of 13 for the Astros (15-24) in a 7-3 win Saturday as they improved to 3-2 against New York this year.

    "Anytime you accomplish something, it's always better when you win," Lee said. "You can celebrate and have fun. It's a lot easier."

    Houston is hitting .281 versus New York this season, compared to .261 against the remainder of the NL.

    Lee has three multihit games against the Mets in 2011. New York also has had no answer for Brett Wallace, who's batting .444 (8 for 18) while recording at least one hit all five meetings.

    The Astros went a combined 4-9 against the Mets in 2009 and 2010.

    New York (18-21), which is tied with Washington for last in the NL East, managed just seven hits Saturday. Jose Reyes had two and an RBI for the Mets as they played without red-hot Carlos Beltran due to a swollen eye.

    Beltran went deep three times against Colorado on Thursday and has five homers, five doubles and 14 RBIs in his last 12 games, but his status for this game is unclear.

    Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.93 ERA) will start for the Mets, looking for his first win since beating Houston on April 21 in New York.

    In that contest, he allowed one run and six hits over seven innings of a 9-1 rout. However, the right-hander has since dropped three consecutive starts despite allowing only eight runs in 18 2/3 innings.

    Capuano hasn't lost four straight starts since July 28-Aug. 14, 2007, with Milwaukee. He was the hard-luck loser Monday in a 2-1 defeat to Colorado that opened the Mets' six-game trip.

    In 6 2/3 innings, he allowed two runs and five hits, including a solo homer to Chris Iannetta that broke a 1-all tie in the seventh.

    Capuano is 2/3 with a 4.18 ERA in six career starts at Minute Maid Park.

    Lee is 2 for 11 against Capuano. The two were teammates on the Brewers in 2005 and 2006.

    The Astros will answer with rookie Aneury Rodriguez (0-1, 5.50), who will make his third start overall and second appearance versus New York.

    In his first start, the right-hander limited Cincinnati to one hit and one walk over five shutout innings, but didn't get a decision after Houston gave up three runs in the ninth for a 3-2 loss May 4. Five nights later at home against the Reds, he was lit up for five runs and eight hits in five innings of a 6-1 loss.

    "They weren't letting him get ahead. That was one of the biggest things last week was he was getting ahead," said Houston manager Brad Mills.

    Rodriguez gave up one hit -- a three-run homer to Ike Davis -- in two innings of relief during the Astros' loss to Capuano and the Mets on April 21. Davis currently is on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury.

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    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkHouston
    Current StreakW1L2
    Last 105-54-6

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkHouston
    C. Capuano
    11-12, 4.55 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at NYM
    6.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = ND
    A. Rodriguez
    1-6, 5.27 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs STL
    1.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkHouston
    1. J. Reyes, SS M. Bourn, CF
    2. J. Thole, C J. Towles, C
    3. D. Wright, 3B H. Pence, RF
    4. C. Beltran, RF C. Lee, 1B
    5. J. Bay, LF B. Hall, 2B
    6. D. Murphy, 1B J. Michaels, LF
    7. J. Turner, 2B C. Johnson, 3B
    8. J. Pridie, CF C. Barmes, SS
    9. C. Capuano, P A. Rodriguez, P