Mets can't close deal vs. Astros

Amazin's miss chance to place happy ending on another tumultuous day

Updated: August 18, 2010, 6:25 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

HOUSTON -- Third baseman David Wright had yet to drive in a run this month until the eighth inning Tuesday, when his solo homer tied the New York Mets' game with the Houston Astros.

On a day the Mets announced they would not pay closer Francisco Rodriguez until he could play, there was no euphoric ending.

Hunter Pence produced a solo homer into the short porch in left field at Minute Maid Park off Johan Santana a half inning after Wright's shot, and the Mets lost to the Astros 4-3.

It ...

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