Martinez has won five of his last six starts, but the Mets couldn’t come through for him on Thursday in a 3-2 loss to Houston. He allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings. He added eight strikeouts to his NL-leading total and upped his career count to 2,808, passing Cy Young (2,803) for 16th all-time.
”(It’s) a game we could have won,” said manager Willie Randolph.
Martinez is hoping for another strong start on Wednesday for the Mets, who rallied past Milwaukee to take the series opener 9-8 on Tuesday night. New York trails Houston by four games for the NL wild card.
Mike Cameron tied the score with a one-out homer in the ninth off Milwaukee closer Derrick Turnbow, who had not allowed a run in converting his previous 15 save chances. David Wright also connected for the Mets, who overcame a four-run deficit and Milwaukee’s season-high five homers.
Carlos Lee and Geoff Jenkins hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, Russell Branyan and Damian Miller did the same in the second. Jenkins then hit his second homer of the game in the ninth to give Milwaukee an 8-7 lead.
It took Milwaukee 107 games this season to hit consecutive home runs, and one inning to duplicate the feat.