Mike Hampton Homers, Wins As Astros Muzzle Mets

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2009

KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 02:  Pitcher Mike Hampton #11 of the Houston Astros throws during a spring training game against the New York Yankees at Osceola County Stadium on March 2, 2009 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The Houston Astros only hit one home run last night against the New York Mets. Care to guess who hit it?

Buy yourself a chorizo breakfast taco if you guessed Mike Hampton.

Yep, the pitcher who's an excellent hitter (.313) on the season. This was his 16th career homer.

The two-run homer helped, since Hampton picked up the win in 5.2 shaky innings as Houston defeated the Mets 5-4.

Ironically, Hampton's last home run came in 2005 while pitching for the Atlanta Braves. The victim of that home run? The Astros.

Hampton's line: 5.2 innings, eight hits, four earned runs, four walks, seven strikeouts and a home run allowed.

What helped Houston, no doubt, was the bullpen: Four relievers combined for 3.1 innings of five hits and no runs. No walks and no strikouts.

Houston's now 50-46 on the season. They're 1.5 games behind St. Louis