HOUSTON – For the Astros, it was an emotional & vital return.
For Matt Harvey it was a rough return to the mound.
The Mets righthander couldn’t get in to the 3rd inning in his 1st begin since Jun. within the 1st game back in Houston 'cause the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey devastated the world.
The Astros got to him early & beat the Mets 12-Eight at Minute Maid Park, in front of what the team formally announced was a crowd of 30,319, still seemed considerably smaller.
The Mets (58-76) lost their 2nd straight & their fifth of eight on this street trip.
Dominic Smith homered for the Mets, a two-run shot within the fourth inning, Wilmer Flores hit his fourth profession grand slam, 1st since Aug. 26 last yr, & Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 11th of the season, a solo shot within the ninth.
They have been the 1st homers the Mets had hit since Sun. night.
Tommy Milone allowed three runs on three hits in 2.2 innings relief. Jacob Rhame, who the Mets acquired within the deal in that sent Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers, pitched 1.1 scoreless in his major league debut. Jamie Callahan, part of the Mets return for Addison Reed, gave up two runs on three hits in .2 of an inning.
However clearly probably the most regarding news source Sat. was Harvey, who was coming off the disabled list.
After he hit George Springer to begin the underside of the 1st, the Astros went off for eight hits against Harvey. He threw two wild pitches & struck out three. He gave up a double to Marwin Gonzalez & a two-run home run to George Springer, his 30th of the season, within the second.
It was the shortest begin of his profession, worse than the two 2/Three outing he made May 2016 against the Nationals.
His fastball topped out at 95 miles an hour & sat persistently at 92-93.
The Astrosâ€™ squared him up solidly & hit back at the one Harvey they might.
The storm Harvey dropped an historic quantity of rain on the world inflicting catastrophic flooding in that contributed to at the least 46 deaths within the area. The- storm destroyed or broken 93,942 homes across the region, in accordance to the Texas Division of Emergency Administration & there have been over 30,000 displaced victims living in shelters across Texas.
The irony of the state of affairs wasn’t lost on Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch.
â€œI am kind of weirded out by stuff like that,â€� Hinch told reporters. â€œFirst of all, we play the Mets once in a blue moon. Then on top of in that Harveyâ€™s been on the DL they usually activate him when Sept. starts. I donâ€™t know. Is there a full moon tonight?
â€œI donâ€™t know what to think aside from weâ€™re going to beat Hurricane Harvey & weâ€™d wish to beat Matt Harvey too.â€�
That they did.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Juan Lagaresâ€™ catch of Tony Kempâ€™s long fly ball, running back to the warning track to get the ultimate out of the 3rd inning.
The Astros four-run, 1st inning left the Mets behind early & set the tone as they laid a beating on the Mets.
STAR OF THE GAME
Wilmer Flores hit his fourth profession grand slam, his 1st of the season, within the seventh.
The Mets hitters struck out 15 times in Sat.’s opener.
Dominic Smith hit his fourth home run, a two-run shot within the fourth.
Matt Harvey got pummeled in his 1st begin since Jun., giving up seven runs on eight hits in two innings worked.
Sun. at Houston, 2:10 p.m.; RHP Chris Flexen (Three-Three, 6.89) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (Eight-9, four.55)Â
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