- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA. (AP) - Mike Pelfrey looks ready for the regular season. The Houston Astros don’t.

Pelfrey pitched six sharp innings and the New York Mets routed the floundering Astros 12-1 on Thursday, dropping Houston to 1-16-3 this spring.

After winning their Grapefruit League opener Feb. 25 against Washington, the Astros are winless in their last 19 games.

Pelfrey, meanwhile, is getting stronger as the spring goes on. Making his second start since skipping a turn with a strained muscle in his lower left leg, the right-hander was perfect through the first four innings Thursday. He allowed one run and three hits in all, with one walk and three strikeouts.

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