HOUSTON – For the Astros, it was an emotional and necessary return.
For Matt Harvey it was a rough return to the mound.
The Mets righthander could not get into the third inning in his first start since June in the first game back in Houston since the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey devastated the area.
The Astros got to him early and beat the Mets 12-8 at Minute Maid Park, in front of what the team announced was a crowd of 30,319, but looked considerably smaller.
The Mets (58-76) lost their second straight and their fifth of eight on this road trip.
Dominic Smith homered for the Mets, a two-run shot in the fourth inning, Wilmer Flores hit his fourth career grand slam, first since Aug. 26 last year, and Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 11th of the season, a solo shot in the ninth.
They were the first homers the Mets had hit since Sunday night.
Tommy Milone allowed three runs on three hits in 2.2 innings relief. Jacob Rhame, who the Mets acquired in the deal that sent Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers, pitched 1.1 scoreless in his major league debut. Jamie Callahan, part of the Mets return for Addison Reed, gave up two runs on three hits in .2 of an inning.
But clearly the most concerning news Saturday was Harvey, who was coming off the disabled list.
After he hit George Springer to start the bottom of the first, the Astros went off for eight hits against Harvey. He threw two wild pitches and struck…Read More