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Mets Make Worst Home Start to Season With 4-3 Loss to Houston

The New York Mets lost 4-3 to the Houston Astros last night to fall to 1-8 this year at Citi Field, their worst home start to a Major League Baseball season.

The Mets, who at 5-13 overall have the worst record in the major leagues so far this season, eclipsed their previous worst start at home -- a 1-7 mark set in 1962, their first season.

“We have to find some kind of way to be honest about what kind of team we are,” Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, who took the loss, told reporters. “We can’t just keep telling ourselves, ‘We’re a better team than this.’ We may not be.”

The Mets have lost nine of their past 10 games and are last in the five-team National League East standings, 6 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies. Houston remains last in the NL Central Division with a 7-11 record, having won two straight games for the first time this year after a 1-7 start.

Houston took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on run-scoring singles by Bud Norris and Michael Bourn. Carlos Beltran made it 3-1 in the third with a run-scoring double and a two-run homer by Daniel Murphy in the sixth tied it at 3-3.

Hunter Pence completed the scoring with a 404-foot homer to left field in the eighth.

The Mets will try to avoid a sweep in the three-game series today, before hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game weekend series beginning tomorrow.

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