The Mets have gotten themselves into a good groove with seven wins over their last 10 games to move three games over .500 and within one-game of the Washington Nationals in the NL East.
Cliff Floyd hit two home runs as New York routed San Francisco 12-1 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
Third baseman David Wright homered and scored three time for the Mets, who lost the first game of the doubleheader 6-3.
“We’re proving to ourselves that we’re a very good ballclub,” Wright said. “We played long ball, we played small ball. We did everything well offensively.”
The Mets starting pitchers have been performing well too. New York starters are 7-3 with a 2.26 ERA in the past 11 games.
Martinez, who is 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA, is looking to notch his fifth win in a row.
The three-time Cy Young award winner has won four straight decisions and has given up only two earned runs in 23 innings over his last three outings. Martinez held Arizona to one run and five hits while striking nine to earn a 6-1 victory over the Diamdondbacks on Thursday.
While Martinez has dominated most NL teams, he is just 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 career games against Houston, including 12 starts.
Willy Taveras had a career-high four hits and Lane went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Houston’s much-maligned lineup.
The Astros hope to score some runs to back righty Roy Oswalt on Tuesday.
Oswalt is 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA in five career starts against New York. The hard throwing righty has lost four of his last six decisions despite a 2.83 ERA over that span.