Jose Reyes is headed back to where it all began.
Reyes will play his first game at Texas since he debuted there on June 10, 2003, when the Mets face the Rangers in a weekend series. Reyes went 2-for-4 with two RBI on Thursday to help the lead the Mets to a 4-1 win over Oakland.
“I have some memories there, so it’s good,” Reyes said.
In that game, a 9-7 loss, Reyes went 2-for-4 with a double, registering the first hit of his career against John Thomson. He went 3-for-13 over the three games he played in Texas. Reyes said his father has the ball from his first hit, a single to right.
RETALIATION: After being hit by a pitch in the 13th inning Wednesday, one which he didn’t appear to make much of an effort to avoid and ultimately drove in the winning run, Mets second baseman Justin Turner was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat Thursday.
Athletics starter Graham Godfrey told a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle that he did not hit Turner on purpose and the Mets second baseman neither argued or agreed with that point.
“I guess I wasn’t really expecting them to hit me on purpose,” Turner said. “Whether or not they did, I don’t know.”
While Oakland pitcher Brad Ziegler told a San Francisco Chronicle reporter that he though Turner leaned into the pitch on Wednesday, Turner said he didn’t get that vibe from Oakland after the game.
“I heard Ziegler say something, but I mean I talked to (Kurt) Suzuki last night after the game because I played college ball with him and he didn’t say anything about it,” Turner said. “He wouldn’t expect anything else I think.”
THE DUDE: Mets manager Terry Collins said he’s going to get left-handed hitting Lucas Duda as many at-bats as he can with first baseman Ike Davis out indefinitely.
Duda went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Thursday. Collins said he may serve as the Mets’ DH against right-handers in Texas and Detroit.
RUBEN SITS: Ruben Tejada, mired in a 3-for-29 slump, sat on Thursday. Collins said Tejada has been over-swinging lately and is “out of his game-plan.” …. Daniel Murphy tied a career-high with three hits, the fifth three-hit game of his career …. The Mets went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position on Thursday after entering the day hitting .219 in such situations over the previous six games…Mets starters have a 2.62 ERA in their last 27 games...Reyes collected his 37th multi-hit game of the season.