NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets are beginning to put their
awful start behind them.
Kaz Matsui hit a tiebreaking single with two outs to key another
eighth-inning comeback, and New York won its home opener by beating
the Houston Astros 8-4 on Monday.
"I had a good sense that coming home with the crowd rooting for
us this would happen," rookie manager Willie Randolph said. "We
got some tough breaks the first three or four games, a little bloop
here, a break there. That's all passed."
Morgan Ensberg had three hits and an RBI for Houston, which had
won four in a row after an opening day loss to St. Louis.
Reyes then hit a comebacker to Springer, who tried for an
inning-ending double play -- as manager Phil Garner instructed
during a visit to the mound -- instead of holding the runner at
Anderson took out shortstop Adam Everett, and Reyes easily beat
the wild throw to first as Diaz scored the tying run.
"Ninety percent of the guys you're going to double up, but he
gets down the line," Springer said. "That was just one of those
Reyes stole second on the next pitch and scored on Matsui's
single to center.
Lane said Biggio couldn't hear him calling for the ball because
of all the noise from the sellout crowd of 53,663. Lane was charged
with an error, allowing another run to score.
Cliff Floyd followed with a two-run single off ex-Met John
Franco, making it 8-4.
Roberto Hernandez (1-0) got the win. He entered with a runner on
second and none out in the eighth and prevented further damage.
"That's the way I like to win, the way I envision it,"
Randolph said. "Stick to it. Be aggressive. It was a nice win,
coming home. You try to formulate a mind-set, an attitude, guys
taking the extra bases, Matsui executing a beautiful bunt.
"This is the kind of team I'd like us to be and I felt in my
heart we could be. You take a deep breath and say let's play
ball," he said.
An RBI double by pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino off Dae-Sung Koo in
the top of the eighth put Houston ahead 4-3. Ensberg started the
inning with a double and scored on Lane's tying triple off Manny
Everett cut New York's lead to 3-2 with an RBI single off Aybar
in the seventh after Orlando Palmeiro's triple.
The Mets were coming off their first win of the season, an
energizing 6-1 victory Sunday in Atlanta behind Pedro Martinez's
two-hitter and Beltran's go-ahead homer in the eighth.
"The last two days this team showed a lot of heart," reliever
Braden Looper said.
New York went up 3-1 in the sixth by scratching out three runs
against Andy Pettitte without hitting the ball hard.
Diaz tied it with a looping RBI single to right -- Lane might
have been able to make the play but he first broke back on the
Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo drove in the go-ahead run with a bloop
single, and Matsui's bunt single made it 3-1.
"We can do these type of things. The game is so unpredictable.
You put together all our hits today, they wouldn't reach the
wall," Floyd said. "There's no reason to doubt ourselves. We knew
we'd go through some downers in the season. You put that behind
Ensberg's two-out RBI double off the right-field wall gave
Houston the lead in the first.
Pettitte heard plenty of boos in his return to New York. The
left-hander pitched nine seasons for the Yankees from 1995-03 and
helped them win four World Series titles.
He allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"I pitch in and I give up a lot of broken-bat singles and stuff
like that," Pettitte said. "Just frustrating. I didn't want to
come out of the game."
Glavine was much better than his previous start, when he lasted
only 3 2-3 innings in Cincinnati. He gave up one run and four hits,
striking out six.
The left-hander still has not lost to Houston since June 4,
1995, with Atlanta. He has won his last 10 decisions against the
"There's a good chance some time in the year you're going to
lose four or five in a row," Glavine said. "To come back the way
we did was a good feeling. We feel good about the guys we have in
The Mets improved to 28-14 in home openers at Shea Stadium
and 9-2 in their last 11. ... Pettitte and Glavine have 25
postseason wins between them.