Houston (9-9) at New York (8-11)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Tue Apr 22, 2003
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Houston Astros right-hander Tim Redding tries to win for the first time in nearly a year when he takes the mound against the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series at Shea Stadium.

Redding, 0-2 in three starts this season, ended his 2002 season with an 0-4 skid before he was sent to the minors on July 25. He is winless in 12 consecutive starts dating to May 13, 2002, against Philadelphia.

Redding will try to get the Astros back on track after they dropped three of four to the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend.

Richard Hidalgo, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell homered for Houston, which has lost five of seven during its two-week, 13-game road trip. After three games against the Mets, the Astros conclude the trip with three contests at Montreal.

All three of Bagwell’s hits in the four games against Milwaukee were solo home runs. Bagwell, second in the NL with eight home runs, went 3-for-18 in the series.

The Mets won their second straight series by rallying for a 7-4 victory over the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

Tom Glavine worked seven strong innings and Mo Vaughn delivered a key two-run single for New York, 4-2 following a 4-9 start.

The win was the 1,000th for Mets manager Art Howe.

“I’m just happy that the players I’ve had enabled me to win that many,” Howe said.

Vaughn has begun to show positive signs following a slow start. He is 8-for-21 with a homer and eight RBIs in his last five games.

“I’m here to drive in runs,” said Vaughn, who leads the weak Mets’ offense with 11 RBIs. “It was good to get a chance to do that and come through.”

STANDINGS: Astros - 3rd place (tied), 2 1/2 GB, NL Central. Mets - 5th place, 3 GB, NL East.

ASTROS PROBABLE STARTER: Redding (0-2, 3.52 ERA). After pitching well in his first two appearances, Redding had his worst start of the season Thursday in a 4-2 loss at Milwaukee. He allowed three runs and eight hits, including two home runs, over 3 1-3 innings.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: David Cone (1-2, 6.43 ERA). With Pedro Astacio close to returning, Cone’s spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy. The 40-year-old right-hander pitched better in his last start after giving up seven runs over four innings against Montreal on April 11. In a 6-3 loss Wednesday at Pittsburgh, Cone went five innings, yielding three runs and six hits. He is 6-4 with a 4.48 ERA lifetime against the Astros.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Astros - Bagwell, .333 avg. and 8 HRs; Bagwell and Biggio, 13 RBIs; Biggio, 14 runs; four tied with 2 SBs. Mets - Roberto Alomar, .286 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz and Tony Clark, 3 HRs; Vaughn, 11 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 13 runs; Roger Cedeno, 3 SBs.

2002 SEASON SERIES: Astros, 4-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Astros - CF Biggio is 5-for-25 lifetime against Cone. … OF Lance Berkman has missed the last four games with a sprained ligament in his left elbow, but hopes to play in this series. … Houston has won 17 of 30 games at Shea Stadium since the start of the 1996 season. Mets - 3B Wigginton has four hits in his last 28 at-bats. … RHP Cone hasn’t faced the Astros since July 11, 1992. … Howe is the fifth active manager to reach 1,000 wins.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Astros - 4-5 on the road; Mets - 5-4 at home.

INJURIES: Astros - LHP Carlos Hernandez (rotator cuff), 15-day DL; OF Berkman (elbow), day-to-day. Mets - RHP Astacio (biceps), 15-day DL; LHP John Franco (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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T. Redding Tor vs. D. Cone NYM
10-14 Record 1-3
3.68 ERA 6.50
116 K 13
65 BB 13
1.39 WHIP 1.83