Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 5/14)

Game 1: Friday, May 14
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Game 2: Saturday, May 15
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Game 3: Sunday, May 16
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in 13

Mets 8

(17-19, 9-11 away)

Astros 3

(21-14, 11-10 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 14, 2004

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    W: S. Trachsel (4-3)

    L: R. Oswalt (2-2)

    Floyd hits grand slam, Mets win third straight

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Cliff Floyd didn't believe he could hit Roy Oswalt's fastball, so he waited for a curveball that he knew would come. His patience paid off.

    Floyd hit a grand slam in the third inning Friday night, helping the New York Mets to an 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros and only their second three-game winning streak this season.

    "He had blown me away in my first at-bat with fastballs so I told myself that he could have that 97 mph fastball. I was waiting for a curve," Floyd said. "I know that he likes his curveball and that he was going to throw it. It was just a matter of when and if he hung it. He made a mistake and hung it."

    Floyd, activated Thursday from the disabled list, said his timing was off and he had to make adjustments in his swing. He had been sidelined since April 11 with a strained right quadriceps.

    "You can ask anyone who has been out two or three weeks, and they will tell you that you are going to off for a while," he said. "I knew I couldn't hit his fastball, so I had to make adjustments. This game is about adjustments."

    Floyd's fourth career grand slam and his second home run of the season helped the Mets win for the eighth time in 12 games.

    "We're playing good baseball. Just about everybody is contributing in some fashion," New York manager Art Howe said. "Everybody in the bullpen is stepping up, we are getting hits when we have to have them and we are making plays on defense."

    Mike Piazza also homered for New York, his seventh of the season.

    Steve Trachsel (4-3) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, and Ricky Bottalico and Orber Moreno combined for one-hit relief.

    "Cliff's home run allowed me to go out there and be a little more aggressive and catch more of the plate early in the count," Trachsel said. "My curveball was pretty good tonight, and I got some key outs on changeups away."

    Oswalt (2-2) struck out seven in seven innings, giving up five runs and seven hits as Houston lost its third straight. It was the first time in his career he allowed a grand slam.

    "I tried to throw him a curveball for a strike. Normally on 1-and-0 they won't go for that pitch," Oswalt said. "But I left it over the plate. I think I was overthrowing my curve. My curve was going about 74 to 75 (mph). It's a lot better at 69 to 70."

    Craig Biggio hit his eighth homer of the season for the Astros.

    Floyd's slam, which put New York ahead 5-1 followed one-out singles by Trachsel, Eric Valent and Kazuo Matsui. Oswalt then retired 13 of his last 17 batters.

    Piazza hit a solo homer in the second. Floyd also doubled in the eighth and scored on Ty Wigginton's grounder, and Joe McEwing and Matsui added RBI doubles in the ninth against Brandon Backe.

    Raul Chavez hit a tying RBI single in the second, and the Astros got a pair of runs in the fifth on Oswalt's sacrifice fly and Biggio homer, which stopped an 0-for-12 slide.

    Game notes

    New York's longest winning streak is four (one against San Diego and three over San Francisco). ... Trachsel is 6-for-20 at the plate in his first eight games this season ... He has allowed three runs or fewer in seven starts. ... Adam Everett leads the NL with five bunt singles ... Houston allowed its second slam -- the other was by Jim Edmonds of St. Louis on April 21.

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