Before the game, Kent dropped his appeal of a two-game suspension stemming from an incident in which he shoved manager
into an umpire on July 26. Blum took advantage of the playing time by crushing his first homer since July 5.
Blum's blast against Mets rookie starter
(1-5) was his 10th of the year - one shy of his career high - and gave Houston a 6-1 advantage.
"I've just got to get the hits when I can," Blum said. "I think it's a lot of fun to be able to move around and play everywhere."
Heilman lasted only three innings, allowing six runs and seven hits. The righthander has allowed at least five runs in four of his last six starts.
"He wasn't on tonight," Mets manager
said. "He was behind hitters, behind in the count to everybody. He walked a couple of guys, hit another one. He just didn't have it, but you've got to give them credit."
, who had four hits, led off the second inning with his fourth triple of the season, a shot to dead center field. Hidalgo then ripped a ball down the left field line that would have been an easy home run but hooked foul. He later settled for an RBI infield single to put the Astros on the board.
"It was good to see the offense kind of shake out of that little malaise we were in so to speak," Berkman said. "I don't think we scored 10 runs combined the last week and a half, so it does look and feel really good to come out and score 11 tonight."
Hidalgo moved to third on another infield hit by Blum that bounced off the glove of first baseman
and spun just out of the reach of second baseman
. But Hidalgo was thrown out at the plate on a grounder to third by
, who hit the first inside-the-park home run in Minute Maid Park history in the fifth, walked to load the bases,
With a chance to get out of the inning, Heilman hit
with a pitch to give the Astros a 2-0 lead.
Biggio was hit by two pitches in the game. He has been plunked 18 times this season and leads all active major leaguers having been hit 232 times in his career.
In the third, the Mets got one of the runs back when
drove in Cedeno with a sacrifice fly. Miller escaped further trouble by striking out Clark and getting
The Astros struck again in the third when
hit his 25th homer of the season, a rope to left-center field. After Berkman and Hidalgo reached on back-to-back singles, Blum hit his homer.
"In the third inning, I just made some bad pitches," Heilman said. "I felt good during warmups and right before going in, but when I got out there, I just couldn't find the strike zone."
Miller (8-10) struck out seven and walked two in six innings. The righthander allowed one run and six hits to pick up his first win in three starts.