New York (18-20) at Houston (14-24)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat May 14, 2011
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It’s been a frustrating season for David Wright(notes), but he has something to build on heading into his next game when he’ll face a pitcher he’s been very successful against.

Wright and the New York Mets will try to win their fourth straight Saturday when they continue their road series against the Houston Astros.

Batting a career-low .236, Wright was given Thursday off to rest a sore neck and back. The rest seemed to help as New York’s third baseman hit a go-ahead, two-run homer to cap a four-run eighth inning and lift the Mets (18-20) to their sixth win in eight games, 6-4 over the Astros (14-24) on Friday.

It was Wright’s sixth home run this season and first since hitting two against Arizona on April 24. The RBIs were his first in 12 games.

“It tells me that this guy needs a break every now and then because he plays the game as hard as anybody in the league,” manager Terry Collins said. “And when you run him out there 30-something times in a row, he is going to run out of gas a little bit.”

Wright will try to keep things going against J.A. Happ(notes) (2-4, 5.75 ERA) on Saturday. He is 6 for 11 with three homers and two doubles against Happ, with one of the home runs coming last month.

Wright isn’t the only Met Happ needs to be careful with. New York has homered three times in each of the last two games with Jason Bay(notes) and Fernando Martinez(notes) going deep Friday.

The left-hander pitched effectively in his last start, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings of a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. He didn’t receive a decision despite turning in his second quality start of the year.

Happ is 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA in five starts and two relief appearances against the Mets. He surrendered six runs, six hits and two homers - one to Wright - in 4 2-3 innings of a 9-1 loss at Citi Field on April 21.

Houston has lost seven of nine, getting outscored 48-26. The NL-worst Astros led 3-0 after six innings Friday, but left nine on base.

Carlos Lee(notes) went 2 for 4, but was thrown out at home in the second with no outs and runners at first and second. He also grounded out to end the game with the tying run at third. He is one hit shy of 2,000.

Lee is 7 for 18 with three doubles and a home run against R.A. Dickey(notes) (1-4, 4.50), who will start for the Mets on Saturday.

Dickey is 0-4 in six starts since beating Florida in his season debut April 3. He gave up four runs and a season-high 10 hits over seven innings of a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

The knuckleballer went eight innings against Houston on April 20, yielding four runs and eight hits in a 4-3 loss. He is 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA in three starts and two relief appearances against the Astros.

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R. Dickey Tor vs. J. Happ Sea
8-13 Record 6-15
3.28 ERA 5.35
134 K 134
54 BB 83
1.23 WHIP 1.54


Saturday, May 14