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Houston Astros Bats Come Alive in Win Over New York Mets

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Houston Astros third baseman Chris Johnson (pictured, right) hit his first two home runs of the season as the Astros drubbed the New York Mets 8-1 today at Minute Maid Park.

Johnson’s homers both came off of Mets starting pitcher Chris Schwinden in the second and third innings en route to a 6 RBI day.  “We don’t mind if people think they can come in here and get a couple of wins off us,” said Chris Johnson to MLB.com. “We don’t care what other teams think. We’re just going to try to win every series.”

Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie also contributed offensively. He went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored.

Schwinden ended up giving up 5 runs in 4 innings pitched as he took the loss for the Mets.  Astros starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez improved his record to 3-2 with a 7 inning performance.  He struck out 5, gave up 6 hits and 2 walks.

Astros manager Brad Mills was pleased with the win, “The home runs help smooth everything. It was a complete win. We’ll enjoy the day off [tomorrow] and start thinking about the Cardinals.”

Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer was pulled from the game after four innings with lower back tightness.  He’s expected to be back in the lineup on Friday.

“We don’t mind if people think they can come in here and get a couple of wins off us,” said Astros third baseman Chris Johnson. “We don’t care what other teams think. We’re just going to try to win every series.”

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