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Bregman and Alvarez homer in Astros 8-3 loss to Mets.

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Bryan Abreu starts strong but falters in the third. Gets the word he makes the 26-man roster after his appearance. Myles Straw out due to “health and safety protocols.”

MLB: Houston Astros at New York Mets Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Alas, the star of the game was not an Astro

Francisco Lindor put on a show against the Astros today, going 3 - 3 with three RBI, a stolen base, and some defensive gems.

Meanwhile, the Astros could muster only eight hits (mostly by reserves), two by Alex Bregman, one a solo homer in the sixth inning. Yordan Alvarez added the second Astros run with a solo shot to left-center field in the seventh.

Zack Daniels singled home the third Astros run in the eighth.

Bryan Abreu started for the Astros with two strong innings. But in the third, he allowed three straight hits, the third a two-RBI single by Lindor. Abreu got some help getting out of the inning when Michael Comforto hit a rocket one-hopper for an easy double play.

Abreu is credited with three innings, two earned runs, three hits, three strikeouts, and one walk. After the game, he was informed that he had made the 26-man opening day roster.

Abreu was followed by Peter Solomon, Shawn Dubin, Hector Velazquez, all of whom surrendered runs to the Mets. The Astros closed with Ronel Blanco, who held the Mets scoreless in the eighth, recording two strikeouts.

Myles Straw was scratched from the starting lineup apparently due to COVID protocols.

The Astros’ next game is Monday at 12:05 CDT against the Nationals. Jake Odorizzi gets his second Spring warm-up.

Box score HERE.