New York (52-52) at Houston (57-47)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Houston, TX
Temp: 90° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Jul 31, 2005
  • TV: WPIX, FSSW
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Everything has been coming together lately for the Houston Astros.

Starter Roy Oswalt looks to help the Astros extend their longest winning streak of the season as they wrap up a four-game series with the New York Mets at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros beat the Mets 2-0 on Saturday for their seventh straight victory and 13th in 14 games. Houston, which is 42-17 since bottoming out at 15 games under .500, moved 10 games over and increased its lead in the NL wild card race to two over Washington.

Jason Lane homered and Andy Pettitte allowed just three hits in eight innings for the Astros, who beat starter Tom Glavine for the first time since June 1995, ending a 16-start drought.

Oswalt will try to keep the Astros rolling in the series finale. The 27-year-old right-hander improved to 10-1 at home on Tuesday, allowing one earned run and eight hits in a complete-game, 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

“It was Roy’s best game of the year,” manager Phil Garner said. “He was going to his fastballs up in the zone and his sliders down.”

Oswalt, who has received a decision in each of his 22 starts this season, has earned a win in eight of his last nine outings. He is tied with Florida’s Dontrelle Willis for second in the NL with 14 wins.

Jose Reyes had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and Glavine gave up one earned run in seven innings Saturday for the Mets, who lost their third straight. New York fell back to .500 less than a week after being a season-high four games over.

“Any time you get a performance like that, it’s unfortunate not to get the win,” said New York manager Willie Randolph, whose team also lost to Houston in a strong outing by Pedro Martinez on Thursday night.

Mets outfielder Mike Cameron, who has been the subject of trade rumors involving Boston’s Manny Ramirez, said before the game that he was upset by the recent talk. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

The Mets have not been swept in four games by the Astros since June 1965— the first year that Houston played in the Astrodome.

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3-9 Record 20-12
5.14 ERA 2.94
53 K 184
49 BB 48
1.49 WHIP 1.20