Final Score: Mets 7 Astros 5

Matt den DekkerThe Mets defeated the Astros by the score of 7-5 tonight in Kissimmee.

The Least You Should Know…

  • Dillon Gee was roughed up for the second start in a row, allowing five runs in four innings – he now has an 8.31 ERA this spring.
  • The Mets came from five runs down thanks to a two-run home run from Collin Cowgill, a two-run triple from Matt den Dekker, and RBI from Jordany Valdespin, Zach Lutz, and Brian Bixler.
  • Valdespin raised his spring average to .348 with his 2-for-5 effort.
  • The Mets got scoreless relief efforts from Aaron Laffey, Pedro Feliciano, Greg Burke, Josh Edgin, and Jeurys Familia.
  • Ruben Tejada broke an 0-for-18 skid with a third inning double – he’s now 4-for-36 this spring.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The biggest hit of the game was den Dekker’s go-ahead two-run triple in the seventh inning. What’s more, in an effort to make the team, he came through with a big hit in a late game situation with runners on base. den Dekker has had an up and down spring, and his strikeouts are still a big problem. But den Dekker is in a situation where there are roster spots still up for grabs, and he took advantage of an opportunity in a big way tonight.

Gee has now struggled in two consecutive starts. In his last start, he had zero command. Today, he simply got pounded. I wonder if he’s hit the dead arm phase of camp. In any case, with the question marks in the rotation with just over a week to go in camp, the Mets really need Gee to get on track soon.

The Mets return to Tradition Field to face the Cardinals tomorrow afternoon, with Jeremy Hefner facing Adam Wainwright at 1:10 pm.