KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Dillon Gee pitched six-innings of no-hit ball Wednesday night in his final tuneup before opening day, but the Houston Astros rallied for a 9-6 victory over the New York Mets.
Carlos Corporan, L.J. Hoes and Matt Dominguez hit consecutive doubles off Mets relievers Gonzalez Germen and Carlos Torres to drive in the first five runs in the Astros' seven-run seventh.
Hoes drove in three runs for Houston.
Anthony Recker hit a two-run off Astros starter Scott Feldman in the fifth inning.
Gee faced 19 batters in six innings, striking out seven.
Jose Valverde, named the Mets' setup man earlier Wednesday, gave up two runs in the eighth, one of them unearned. The Mets optioned right-hander Vic Black to the minor leagues.
The 36-year-old Valverde, who has 286 career saves, signed a minor league contract on Feb. 12. The Mets moved them to the 40-man roster on Wednesday.
"He's going to hopefully be that bridge to (closer Bobby Parnell)," said manager Terry Collins. "And on those nights when Bobby's going to need a night off, it's Jose who's going to pick up the slack."
Astros manager Bo Porter announced Lucas Harrell and Dallas Keuchel will start the fourth and fifth games of the regular season on April 4 and 5. Feldman, Jarred Cosart and Brett Oberholtzer will pitch the first three games against the Yankees.
The Astros settled on left fielder Robbie Grossman as the No. 2 hitter in their lineup.
The 24-year-old, switch-hitting Grossman will experience his first major league opening day on Tuesday when the Astros play the New York Yankees. He had two stints with the Astros last season and hit .322 over his last 35 games.
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