• Mets 9, Astros 1: Houston has been a pesky opponent for the Mets all season, but Mike Pelfrey knew how to handle the Astros. He threw his second straight complete game -- he lost the shutout in the ninth -- as the Mets salvaged a split of the four-game series. That's important momentum for a team that goes into a critical three-game series against the Phillies this week. Carlos Delgado homered not once but twice.

    The news wasn't all good, however. John Maine went back on the disabled list with a bone spur in his shoulder, and Luis Castillo came back. His return consisted of an 0-for-3 performance with a walk. Who's going to replace Maine's ability to go five or so capable innings? That could determine the Mets' chances of winning the division.

  • Across that long walkway in Flushing, the U.S. Open had its first night session. Jelena Jankovic won on Ashe Stadium court following a display of 40 years of champions. James Blake of Yonkers followed that up by beating fellow American Donald Young in five sets.