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Mets rally falls short in loss to Astros

The New York Mets fell into an early hole and could not climb out of it as they dropped the series finale to the Houston Astros, 5-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Houston jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning on Michael Brantley’s run-scoring double, Alex Bregman’s two-run home run, and Yordan Alvarez’s solo shot.

Brandon Nimmo put New York on the board in the top half of the third with a sacrifice fly. The Astros regained their four-run lead in the bottom half of the frame as Alvarez smacked his second homer of the game.

The Mets plated a pair of runs in the sixth to make it a two-run game but that was as close as it would get. Starling Marte hammered an RBI double, and Pete Alonso launched a sacrifice fly.

Carlos Carrasco started on the mound for New York and surrendered five runs over 2 1/3 innings before leaving the game with back tightness.

Yoan López (2.2IP), Tommy Hunter (1.1 IP), Joely Rodríguez (1.1 IP), and Edwin Díaz (0.1 IP) had scoreless outings in relief.

The Mets will get the day off on Thursday before they begin a three-game series with the Marlins on Friday in Miami. The first pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m.