Rapid Reaction: Mets 8, Rangers 5
June, 26, 2011
By Art Garcia | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' interleague series with the Mets didn't end well. After winning the opener 8-1, Texas was outscored 22-10 in losing the last two games.
Derek Holland (6-3) lost for the first time at home this season. The Rangers have dropped three of four and failed in their bid to win a third straight series. Ron Washington wasn't around to see the end of it. Josh Hamilton was given the day off.
* Derek Holland found trouble early and often. Three of the first four hits by New York were of the infield variety, as the Mets got the first two batters on in each of the first two innings. New York had six hits and took 5-2 lead into the bottom of the second.
* Holland did catch an ERA break on the Mets' early outburst. The first New York run followed what was initially scored a wild pitch, but it was later changed to a passed ball and thus became an unearned run. The second Mets run scored on a wild throw by Adrian Beltre, who tried to gun down Ronny Paulino at home but had the ball sail wide of Taylor Teagarden. After the rare Beltre error, two of next three runs scored in the second were also unearned.
* Holland suffered his first home loss of the season, though the stats don't bear out what was an undefeated start. He came into the game 3-0 at Rangers Ballpark despite a 6.10 ERA. Holland was yanked after yielding a leadoff single in the seventh. His final line was six innings, 12 hits and seven runs (three earned).
* Ron Washington was ejected in the sixth while pitching coach Mike Maddux was out talking to Holland. It was the second ejection of the season for Washington, who had come out twice previously in the game to argue close calls that went against the Rangers.
* Elvis Andrus, who is out with a sprained wrist, was ejected while on the bench by Fletcher before Washington was tossed.
* Michael Young is finding his power groove. He homered for a career-tying-best third straight game and fourth in the last five with a blast just over the wall in left center. Young also went deep in three straight in September 2004 and July 2010. The DH now has seven home runs, 53 RBI and a 12-game hitting streak.
* Cleburne native and UT-Arlington product Dillon Gee improved to 8-1 this season for New York. The NL Rookie of the Year candidate went six innings and allowed three runs. Gee had 40 family and friends at the game in his first career start against the team he grew up rooting for.
* The Rangers attempted to string together a rally in the bottom of the ninth off Mets close Francisco Rodriguez. The first three batters got on base, with a double from Chavez cutting the New York to 8-4. Young's grounder also scored a run. Beltre and Cruz were retired to end the threat.
* The Rangers appeared to pull off a 9-6-3 double-play to end the Mets' second inning, but second base umpire Jim Reynolds had other ideas. With New York runners at first (Jose Reyes) and second (Angel Pagan), Justin Turner flied out to Nelson Cruz in right. Both runners tagged and Nelson fired to third only to have the throw cut off by Andres Blanco, who threw to Ian Kinsler at second. Replays appeared to show Kinsler's glove beat Reyes to the bag. Reynolds signaled safe, keeping the inning alive. Washington came out to argue. Carlos Beltran took advantage with a two-out, two-run single.
* Texas had a chance to cut into New York's 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth with one out and runners at first and third but couldn't get it done. Blanco struck out before Kinsler sent a deep drive that center field Angel Pagan caught against the wall.
* Speedy center fielder Endy Chavez opened the fifth with a double, scoring on Young's single up the middle. Beltre followed with lined shot that bounced off Mets third baseman Justin Turner, setting up two on and no outs for Cruz. The rally ended there. The Rangers' next two outs came on a pair of close calls -- Young was tagged out at third on a grounder by Cruz, and Cruz was forced at second when it appeared Reyes' foot might have come off the bag early.
* Neftali Feliz was called on to get the final in the ninth after Mark Lowe was pulled with two outs in the ninth. The Rangers closer hadn't pitched since Wednesday's four-run meltdown against Houston.
* The Rangers hosted the Team Championship round of Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) prior to today's game. The official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball, PHR is open to ages 7-14, with separate divisions for boys baseball and girls softball. The 24 participants at Rangers Ballpark today have advanced through local and sectional competitions throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The champions from today were recognized in a pre-game ceremony and will be eligible to represent the Rangers during the annual PHR National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. For more information on PHR, please visit MLB.com/PHR.