Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Mets 3

July, 5, 2014
Jul 5
10:25
PM ET
NEW YORK -- If the New York Mets need wins to keep them from becoming July sellers, Bartolo Colon's outing Saturday mIGHT have inched them ever so slightly closer to the seller column.

But if the Mets are going to sell, Colon is likely to be one of the main items for offer. The more significant question out of Saturday's loss to the Texas Rangers might be: What impression did Colon make on any potential buyers?

The answer: Decidedly mixed. Colon had a 26-pitch first inning and allowed two home runs in the first three, but he also settled in to pitch seven and give the Mets a decent chance at a second straight win over the Rangers.

They didn't get that win, of course, for reasons that will sound all too familiar to Mets fans. The Amazin's didn't make enough out of having the bases loaded with nobody out and the middle of the order coming up in the third inning, and they didn't score after David Wright's leadoff double in the fifth.

The homers, Colon and Beltre: Colon hadn't allowed more than one home run in a game since April, but he gave up a three-run shot to backup catcher Robinson Chirinos in the first inning and a rocket homer to Adrian Beltre in the third.

Beltre went deep for the second straight night to notch his first two home runs against the Mets in New York since a 2004 shot at Shea Stadium. That's not a huge surprise, given that Beltre has spent the entire past decade playing in the American League. He has now homered in 40 different parks, which, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the most among active players. He's one of 15 players to homer in Shea Stadium, Citi Field, the old Yankee Stadium and the new Yankee Stadium.

The home run was also Beltre's sixth in 74 career at-bats against Colon, his most against any pitcher. The only batter who has homered more against Colon? Alex Rodriguez, who has eight.

Opportunities wasted: The Mets scored twice in the third inning but came away thinking they should have scored more. Both Wright and Lucas Duda failed to deliver with a runner on third and fewer than two outs.

Wright got caught off second base on a bouncer back to the mound in the fifth inning. After Rangers relievers handed the Mets a rally with back-to-back walks to open the eighth, Juan Lagares failed twice in trying to bunt, then grounded into a double play. The decision to have Lagares bunt was questionable, but his failure to execute made it even worse.

Wright looks right: Back in the lineup after missing seven games with a bruised left rotator cuff, Wright had some concern about being rusty. But he made solid contact with his fifth-inning double, which extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

d'Arnaud delivers: Travis d'Arnaud, who has looked better at the plate since his return from the minor leagues, followed his game-winning double Friday with a home run in the fourth inning Saturday off Texas starter Colby Lewis.

Buddy is back: The Mets announced during the game that right-hander Buddy Carlyle is on his way from Triple-A Las Vegas to rejoin the team. They did not immediately announce whose roster spot Carlyle will take, but a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin that Jonathon Niese could be headed to the disabled list due to a shoulder issue. Carlyle, a 36-year-old reliever, appeared in two games with the Mets earlier this season. He has a 2.16 ERA in 33 1/3 innings for the 51s.

What's next: The All-Star teams will be announced Sunday night, but first the Mets will close out their series with the Rangers with a 1:10 p.m. game at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.25) starts for the Mets, and right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-3, 3.65) goes for the Rangers.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.299 9 52 70
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 11
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148