NEW YORK — Jason Castro’s first home run of the year couldn’t have come at a better time for the Astros.
Castro slugged a two-out, two-run home run to right field in the ninth inning to break a scoreless tie and send the Astros to a 2-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field — their second two-game sweep in a week over the Mets, who never led the Astros in any of the four games.
They finished their six-game road trip to New York by going 4-2, with the only losses coming in walk-off defeats to the Yankees on Thursday and Sunday.
Castro’s homer came an inning after Astros left fielder Yordan Alvarez and rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña were injured in a collision and had to leave the game. Castro’s homer made a winner out of Justin Verlander, who threw eight scoreless innings to become Major League Baseball’s first 10-game winner.