Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Seth Lugo pitched five scoreless innings before unraveling in the sixth. Leading 1-0, the right-hander allowed the first four batters he faced in the inning to reach before being removed from the game. Lugo was ultimately charged with four runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five-plus innings.
2) Dominic Smith drove in the Mets' only run with a sixth-inning double to give him three RBIs in the doubleheader. Juan Lagares tripled leading off the inning.
3) Wilmer Flores fouled a ball directly off his face in the fourth inning and was forced to leave the game. He was taken to a local hospital for x-rays.
4) Signed as a free agent earlier in the day, Nori Aoki batted leadoff in his Mets debut and went 1-for-5.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets have not been 19 games under .500 they ended 2009 with a record of 70-92. Since creeping back to within four games of .500 after defeating the Padres on July 25, New York has gone 11-26.
The Astros have defeated the Mets five consecutive times at Minute Maid Park and six of seven dating back to 2011.
Lugo (5-4) has a 6.93 ERA during a five-start winless stretch that dates back to July 30.
The Mets (58-77) try and avoid the three-game sweep by the Astros (82-53) on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. on SNY.
Chris Flexen (3-3, 6.89 ERA, 1.99 WHIP) closes the series for New York looking to bounce back from his previous start against the Reds. The 23-year-old surrendered seven runs over four innings of a 14-4 loss on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Flexen has never faced the Astros.
Mike Fiers (8-9, 4.55 ERA 1.35 WHIP) hopes turn around a stretch where he's posted a 7.36 ERA in seven starts dating back to July 26. The right-hander allowed eight runs in four innings against the Rangers on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. Fiers has a 4.50 ERA in three career appearances -- two starts -- against the Mets, but none since 2015.