Astros cap impassioned return with G1 win

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HOUSTON — With a bruised city on their minds and a patch with the word “Strong” on their chests in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park and delivered a lift by bashing the Mets, 12-8, in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve had three hits, Josh Reddick had three hits, including a two-run single, and George Springer cranked a two-run homer to lead the Astros to their 81st win to spoil the return of Mets starter Matt Harvey.

Springer's 30th homer

Harvey, making his first start since being placed on the disabled list on June 16 with a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder, lasted only two innings in the shortest start of his career. He was rocked for seven runs and eight hits.

Houston starter Charlie Morton (11-6) struck out nine batters and allowed two runs in five innings. He left the game with a 9-2 lead, but the Mets scored five times in the seventh against the Astros’ bullpen to cut the lead to 10-7. The 11 wins for Morton are a career high.

Morton picks off Reyes

The Astros, playing their first game at home since Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in the city a week ago, began the day with a 12-game lead over the Angels in the American League West standings.

Mets: Seth Lugo will make his second start since returning from the disabled list in Game 2 of the Mets’ doubleheader against the Astros. Lugo, who is still pitching with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, threw just 70 pitches over 3 2/3 innings in his return last weekend. First pitch is set for 8:10 p.m. ET.

Astros: Brad Peacock got the nod for the 7:10 p.m. CT second game. Peacock has gone 7-2 with a 3.44 ERA as a starter this year (16 starts).

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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