MLB: New York Mets 10, Houston 3

July 25, 2009 at 10:13 PM

HOUSTON, July 25 (UPI) -- Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs Saturday, boosting the New York Mets to a 10-3 rout of the Houston Astros.

The homer, Francoeur's seventh this season, gave New York a 7-1 lead with two outs in the fifth.

Daniel Murphy, Luis Castillo and Omir Santos all had two hits and one RBI, with Santos hitting a solo homer. A run scored on Alex Cora's fourth-inning double play groundout, David Wright hit a solo homer, and Angel Pagan added two hits for the Mets, who stopped their three-game losing streak.

Winner Jonathon Niese (1-0), making sixth major league start, surrendered a run and four hits in seven innings to get the win.

Houston scored on a first-inning RBI single by Ivan Rodriguez and a two-run homer by Hunter Pence. Chris Coste had two hits for the Astros, whose four-game winning streak ended.

The losing pitcher was starter Russ Ortiz (3-5), who went 4 1/3 innings and gave up six runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

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