HOUSTON (Ticker) --
had to do a lot of watching before he reached a milestone.
Trachsel labored through five innings but was able pick up his 100th career win as the
New York Mets
posted a 5-4 victory over the
The Mets' most consistent starter this season, Trachsel (10-7) gave up three runs and six hits. He worked around five walks and struck out one and departed after throwing just 49 of 93 pitches for strikes.
In his 11th season, Trachsel watched his bullpen do enough after he departed as three relievers combined to allow only a solo homer over the final four innings.
Trachsel took some enjoyement from the milestone.
"Absolutely. It only took me almost 10 years and I doubt I'll be getting to 200, but you never know," he said. "I'm going to go out there and start working on it six days from now."
"(Trachsel) really battled through five innings for us," Mets manager
said. "He gave us five solid innings and that is all we could ask for. He battled through some tough situations but got through it and turned the game over to our bullpen, which was outstanding."
retired the side in order in the ninth for his second save in three chances.
hit solo homers for the Mets, who captured the rubber game of the three-game set from the National League Central Division leaders.
(4-2) surrendered Clark's homer in the sixth and took the loss.
hit a two-run homer and a solo shot for Houston, which had its NL Central lead reduced to 1 1/2 games over the
Trachsel worked out of a base-loaded jam in the bottom of the first and Perez gave him a lead when he led off the second with his third homer of the season.
In the bottom of the inning, Trachsel again pitched out of trouble when
bounced into a forceout to strand a pair of runners.
"I felt pretty good out there tonight," Trachsel said. "I walked a few, but I made the right pitches when I needed to for the most part. It was a battle from the start, but I am more than happy with the way things turned out."
After a throwing error by Ensberg at third base in the third inning allowed a run to score, Scutaro hit his second career homer with two outs in the fourth, giving the Mets a 3-0 advantage.
The Astros stranded two more runners in the fourth but scored three times in the fifth to tie it.
Ensberg led off with a single and Bagwell sent a 2-2 pitch the opposite way over the right field wall for his 26th homer. One out later,
tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by
"(Trachsel) had his normal stuff - fastball, split, curve. We just couldn't mount much, but when we did, he threw the right pitch to get out of it," Bagwell said.
Lidge replaced starter
in the top of the sixth and retired the first two batters before Clark sent the righthander's first pitch over the right-center field wall for his 15th homer.
"I feel bad because I feel like I lost the game for us," Lidge said. "I feel like I cost the team a win. I haven't pitched (in four days) and I felt a little strong when I went out there. I should have made the adjustment, but I was little rusty and I was rushing pitches and rushing my mechanics."
Clark has five homers and nine RBI in his last five games.
"I have been very fortunate over the last couple of days, but more than anything else, we have played very good baseball," Clark said. "I have just been trying to get a pitch that I can do something with and then hit it hard. You can go up to the plate every time looking to hit a home run, but you usually end up with the result that you aren't looking for."
lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh to extend the lead to 5-3 before Bagwell capped the scoring in the bottom of the inning and completed his fourth multi-homer game of the season and 30th of his career.