Downs Hits 2-Run HR To Help Astros Beat Mets 4-3
HOUSTON (AP) – Jordan Schafer has reached base safely in every game for the Houston Astros this season.
More special than that is what the leadoff hitter can do once he’s on base.
Schafer had two hits and scored twice, including the go-ahead run on a single by Jed Lowrie in the eighth inning to help the Astros to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Monday night.
Matt Downs had a two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Astros started a nine-game homestand.
The game was tied 3-all when Schafer reached on an infield single to start the eighth. He stole second with one out and scored on the hit by Lowrie off reliever Manny Acosta (0-2).
“I’m just trying to get on base and give the guys behind me opportunities so we can score runs,” said Schafer, who has eight stolen bases this season. “My job leading off is to get on base and steal bases or bunt guys over or whatever. So … I try to cause a little bit of havoc on the bases and score some runs.”
Schafer has scored 17 runs this season, most on the team.
Downs’ homer came in Houston’s three-run sixth after New York knuckleballer R.A. Dickey began the game with five hitless innings.
The Mets tied it by scoring three times in the seventh, including a two-run single by rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
An RBI single by Andres Torres, activated from the disabled list before the game, got New York within 3-1. Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda walked with two outs to load the bases before Nieuwenhuis’ single chased starter Bud Norris.