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By krstking2 on Aug 07, 2014 01:26 AM
HOUSTON -- Chris Johnson had been waiting all season to hit his first home run. C.J. Fiedorowicz Womens Jersey . After finally knocking one out of the park in his first at-bat Wednesday, there was almost no wait for No. 2. Johnson had a pair of homers in consecutive at-bats among his four hits and drove in a career-high six runs to back up another solid outing by Wandy Rodriguez, and the Houston Astros beat the New York Mets 8-1 to complete a three-game sweep. "It was a special day," Johnson said. "This is probably my best day in the major leagues. This is something Ill never forget." The win gave Houston its first series sweep of the season and first series win since the opening three games. "The biggest thing is these guys are realizing that the things they are doing wins games," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "And if they do these things, we can continue to win games." Johnsons first homer of the season off Chris Schwinden (0-1) was a three-run shot to the Crawford Boxes in left field that put Houston up 3-0 in the second inning. Jed Lowrie and Brian Bogusevic reached on consecutive singles. Johnson went deep again in his next at-bat, this one a two-run homer to left centre that pushed the lead to 5-0. It was the first career multi-homer game for Johnson and first by an Astro this year. Johnson has been playing well this season after a tough year in 2011 when he struggled and spent time in Triple-A. But he was still bothered seeing the zero on the board on his home run total. "It was a little frustrating, but there was no panic," he said. "I was working on my approach mainly and I got a couple today." Rodriguez (3-2) yielded six hits and a run in seven innings to lower his ERA to 1.64. He has won three in a row and allowed just three runs combined in those starts after opening the season with two consecutive losses. Schwinden allowed six hits and five runs in four innings in his second start of the season. He also pitched four innings in his other start this season, an 18-9 loss at Colorado in which he received a no decision. Mets manager Terry Collins wasnt ready to say if Schwinden would keep his starting spot after Wednesdays struggles. "Im not committing to anything," Collins said. "Things change in this game." Schwinden knows that the team isnt happy with his pitching. "I think their patience is kind of wearing a little bit with my performance," he said. "I just have to keep my head on straight, and if I get another opportunity, try to go for it." The Astros tacked on three runs in the fifth inning with an RBI double by Bogusevic, and run-scoring singles by Johnson and Jason Castro. Johnson added a single in the seventh, but Castro grounded into a double play to end the inning. Houston piled up 15 hits, including three from Lowrie and two apiece from Carlos Lee, Bogusevic and Castro. After losing six games this season by one run, the Astros were happy to get two straight decisive wins this week. "Weve been in so many close games and been so close, but these three games we just went out there and it was nice to blow people away," Lee said. David Wright walked in the fourth inning, stole second base and scored on a single by Andres Torres to leave Houston up 5-1. Wright tripled with one out in the eighth, but reliever David Carpenter retired the next two batters to leave New York empty-handed. The Mets had trouble stringing hits together against Rodriguez. They got more than one in an inning just once while he was pitching. A single by Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed a double by Scott Hairston in the sixth, but Rodriguez retired the next two batters to get out of the inning. Houston centre fielder Jordan Schafer walked in the first and stole second. He has now reached base safely in each of the 24 games hes played this season -- the second-longest streak to start a season in franchise history. New Yorks Ruben Tejada hit a leadoff double, but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it for a triple. He singled in the third and added a double in the fifth inning. NOTES: Mets OF Lucas Duda, who has been out of the lineup for the last two games with flulike symptoms, was in the original lineup Wednesday, but a late change left him out of the starting lineup. Nieuwenhuis took his spot in the batting order, Scott Hairston moved to right field and Nieuwenhuis played left. ... Schafer, who sat out Tuesday after experiencing soreness in his left side, started on Wednesday, but was replaced by Justin Maxwell for the fifth inning because of tightness in his lower back. Houston is off on Thursday and Mills said he expects Schafer to be ready to play on Friday. http://www.texansstore.us.com/97-nike-elite-jeoffrey-pagan-womens-jersey-nfl-houston-texans-road-white.html . Brooks scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter against his former club, spearheading a 101-92 victory over Boston on Friday night and helping snap a franchise-record eight-game home losing streak. Bazemore had 15 points, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers less than 2 minutes apart during the final 4:20 as the Lakers outscored the Celtics 38-18 in the final period. Tom Savage Shirts . The men, a Colombian and a Venezuelan, were detained Sunday in a car with several other people in the town of Moron, not far from where Ramos was held captive, national investigative police chief Humberto Ramirez told reporters.When the Senators stumbled out of the gate with a slow start this season, much of the blame was directed at the clubs inconsistent goaltending. In particular, Craig Anderson was singled out for not playing as well as he did during the 2012-13 campaign, when many suggested he was the best goalie in the league before he suffered an ankle injury partway through the lockout-shortened campaign. Anderson really struggled in November, winning just two of his seven starts and posting a 4.00 GAA and a .866 save percentage. He lost a grip on his job as the No. 1 goaltender, as he was alternating starts with Robin Lehner for a good portion of December. But then suddenly, Anderson re-discovered his game in the past couple of weeks and heading into Wednesdays game in Denver, the netminder had reeled off five consecutive victories. However, we shouldnt be too surprised that Anderson is heating up as the calendar flips to January, because his career numbers have always been better in the second half of the season. A look at Andersons career splits by the month, illustrates a goalie who often comes out slow and then catches fire: MONTH GP SAVE PCT. GAA October 47 .913 2.90 November 51 .902 3.09 December 62 .904 3.00 January 58 .925 2.37 February 50 .922 2.64 March 50 .918 2.78 April 29 .916 2.43 In his breakout season with the Avalanche in 2009-10, he posted a .897 save percentage and a 3.19 GAA in 12 starts in the month of November. But when January rolled around, Anderson had a .946 save percentage and a 1.72 GAA andd rode that momentum down the stretch where he was the biggest reason why the Avalanche made the playoffs. texansstore.us.com/Black-3-Tom-Savage-Womens-Jersey/. In Andersons first season with the Senators, this pattern continued as he came out with save percentages of .881, .903 and .907 in the first three months of the season. But then a switch was flipped in January and he went 8-5-1 with a .933 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA. Those strong numbers down the stretch continued with the exception of a brief hiccup because of a sliced finger and the Senators ended up making the playoffs. Andersons dominance in January extended to last season even though there was a lockout that meant the first three months of the season were wiped out. He went 5-0-1 with a .967 save percentage and a 0.99 GAA to start the season, further cementing the fact that January is his favourite month no matter when the NHL season starts. A look at Andersons career save percentage in the month of January reveals that he is ahead of all other goalies in the Eastern Conference: CAREER JANUARY SAVE PERCENTAGE (MIN. 25 GP) GOALIE SAVE PCT. Craig Anderson .925 Ryan Miller .922 Jimmy Howard .921 Tim Thomas .921 Henrik Lundqvist .920 Martin Brodeur .917 Cam Ward .914 Tuukka Rask .913 Marc-Andre Fleury .910 Carey Price .908 If Andersons career pattern continues again this season, the Senators will have an excellent chance of making the post-season. And in all likelihood, Anderson will re-establish himself as the clubs No. 1 netminder for the stretch drive. ' ' '
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