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2,000th Hit For Lee Helps Astros Defeat Mets

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Justin Turner (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)

Justin Turner (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)

HOUSTON (AP) _ Carlos Lee delivered his 2,000th hit with an RBI
single during a four-run first inning, and the Houston Astros went
on to beat the New York Mets 7-3 on Saturday.

Lee also hit one of three Astros home runs to snap New York’s
three-game winning streak. J.A. Happ (3-4) pitched six innings for
the win, scattering five hits and three walks.

Michael Bourn tripled to open the game against knuckleball
pitcher R.A. Dickey (1-5) and scored on a groundout by Clint
Barmes. Hunter Pence and Lee followed with singles, and three more
runs scored on a double by Brett Wallace and singles by Chris
Johnson and Bill Hall.

Dickey allowed six hits in the first inning, then held the
Astros in check until the sixth, when Hall and pinch hitter Matt
Downs hit solo homers. It was Downs’ first pinch hit home run.
Dickey pitched 5 1-3 innings, allowed 11 hits, didn’t walk a
batter and struck out two.

Lee became the 17th active player to reach 2,000 hits, and he is
the ninth active player to have at least that many hits while also
belting 300 or more home runs.

His big day also extended his hitting streak to eight games.

The Mets got one run in the third when Jose Reyes doubled and
scored on a single to right field by Justin Turner, then added an
other in the fourth, when Daniel Murphy led off the inning with his
third homer of the season.

Jose Reyes had an RBI single off reliever Mark Melancon in the
ninth.

Notes: Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran sat out the game with
swelling in his right eye. … Francisco Rodriguez has converted 11
straight saves and hasn’t allowed a run in the last 12 2-3 innings
for the Mets. … Turner became the seventh Mets player to hit in
the No. 2 position this season. … Houston CF Michael Bourn leads
the National League with 14 steals.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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