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Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Rangers 5

July, 4, 2014
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NEW YORK -- And now, some fireworks!

Travis d'Arnaud delivered a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth against Jason Frasor and the Mets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-5 win against the Texas Rangers on Friday night at Citi Field.

Eric Campbell had greeted Frasor with a one-out single after the right-hander inherited Bobby Abreu on first base from left-hander Aaron Poreda. Both scored on d’Arnaud’s double. Campbell finished 3-for-3 with a walk and RBI.

The Rangers, who scored a run in the ninth against Jenrry Mejia, have lost 14 of their past 16.

The game was the 11th in the majors this season to take at least four hours without extra innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It lasted 4 hours, 8 minutes -- falling one minute shy of the longest nine-inning game in Mets history.

The Mets are now 11-20 in one-run games this season.

Texas had plated an unearned run in the seventh against Jeurys Familia to even the score at 4. Elvis Andrus hit a sharp grounder that Daniel Murphy fielded on the backhand. However, Murphy bounced the throw to Lucas Duda, who could not scoop it. Murphy was charged with an error. Andrus eventually scored when Chris Gimenez sent a grounder to Campbell at third base. He could not field the ball cleanly and had to settle for the out at first base rather than pursue Andrus at the plate.

Yu who? Originally scheduled to pitch Thursday at Camden Yards, Yu Darvish was held back until Friday because of the threat that the series finale against at Baltimore would be interrupted by rain. What looked like bad news for the Mets turned out to be OK.

Darvish surrendered three first-inning runs, including a two-run, opposite-field homer by Duda. In his previous 15 starts this season, Darvish had allowed only three first-inning runs (two earned).

Darvish entered the night with the third-ranked ERA in the American League. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in five innings and had his ERA rise from 2.42 to 2.63. The four earned runs matched his season high.

Ouch! Jonathon Niese departed with one out in the first inning after throwing only 12 pitches. Niese was struck in the lower back by a line drive from Alex Rios. X-rays were negative, and Niese was diagnosed with a bruise.

What a relief: Carlos Torres entered for Niese and managed to pitch through the fifth inning. Torres threw a season-high 81 pitches in his 4 2/3 innings of work and departed with the Mets leading 4-3.

Torres’ workload marked the most pitches thrown by a Met in relief since Shaun Marcum handled the final eight innings of a 20-inning game against the Miami Marlins on June 8, 2013. Marcum tossed 105 pitches in that game.

Odds and ends: Adrian Beltre had a solo homer against Torres in the fifth to pull the Rangers within 4-3. Beltre has now homered in 40 major league ballparks, the most of any active player, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Former All-Star closer Neftali Feliz made his season debut with the Rangers. He walked the first two batters he faced. However, d’Arnaud bunted, the lead runner was forced out and Feliz ultimately tossed a scoreless sixth. Feliz then also logged a scoreless seventh.

What’s next: Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA) opposes right-hander Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71) on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

Series preview: Mets vs. Rangers

July, 3, 2014
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Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty ImagesRain in Baltimore on Thursday means Yu Darvish now faces the Mets in Friday's series opener at Citi Field.
METS (37-48, fourth place/NL East) vs. TEXAS RANGERS (37-48, fourth place/AL West)

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.88) vs. RHP Yu Darvish (8-4, 2.42), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.88) vs. RHP Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71), 7:15 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.25) vs. RHP Nick Tepesch* (3-3, 3.65), 1:10 p.m. ET

* officially TBA

Rangers short hops

• With rain delaying the start by 56 minutes and threatening to interrupt Thursday’s Rangers series finale in Baltimore, manager Ron Washington decided to delay Yu Darvish’s scheduled start until Friday, pushing him into the Mets series. There never was a stoppage once the game began at Camden Yards.

Darvish, 27, has an MLB-best 11.04 strikeouts per nine innings. He ranks third in the American League in ERA at 2.42, trailing only the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez (2.10) and Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka (2.27). Darvish snapped a two-start losing streak by tossing eight scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

• Texas leads the majors in uses of the DL (20) and current players on the DL (14). The absences include Prince Fielder (herniated disk), Mitch Moreland (ankle), Derek Holland (knee surgery), Jurickson Profar (shoulder), Geovany Soto (knee), Alexi Ogando (elbow), Tanner Scheppers (elbow) and Engel Beltre (fractured tibia).

Fielder, who had season-ending surgery for the neck issue on May 27, had been acquired during the offseason from the Detroit Tigers with $30 million for Ian Kinsler. Texas reportedly will recoup 50 percent of Fielder’s salary via an insurance policy that carried over from the Tigers, after a 90-day deductible period.

Soto, who underwent surgery, is due to begin a rehab assignment shortly. Beltre, an outfielder, has started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock.

• With Fielder and Moreland out, Carlos Pena has taken over at first base. He is hitless in his last 18 at-bats and 3-for-33 since joining the club. Pena, 36, originally signed a minor-league contract on June 17. He had been idle since being released by the Los Angeles Angels from spring training on March 23.

• The Rangers have lost five straight and 14 of 17. They have lost nine straight road games, their longest skid away from Arlington since 2005, when Buck Showalter managed the club during a nine-game road skid. They are 11 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 2007 season at 75-87.


Cooper Neill/Getty ImagesAdrian Beltre is the one lethal weapon in Texas' decimated lineup.


Adrian Beltre hit .392 in June, the highest figure in any month of his career. The average trailed only Houston’s Jose Altuve (.411) in the American League for the month. Overall, he is hitting .335 this season, second to Altuve in the league.

Shin-Soo Choo signed a seven-year, $130 million deal with Texas on Dec. 13. He is hitting .254 with eight homers and 30 RBIs and has a .374 on-base percentage. Choo returned to the leadoff spot last Friday after two weeks in the No. 3 hole.

• The Rangers designated left-hander Joe Saunders (0-5, 6.13 ERA) for assignment on Tuesday. Miles Mikolas, who had been acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in December, stepped into the rotation.

• Mikolas’ promotion and insertion into the rotation pushed scheduled Wednesday starter Nick Tepesch into the Mets series … at least originally. Tepesch was due to start Friday, but has been dropped in place of Darvish. He now is the most likely candidate to start Sunday, in what is currently listed as TBA, unless he is needed in long relief before then. Tepesch has a 1.93 ERA over his past three starts. The Rangers will keep Colby Lewis on Saturday, as originally planned.

• The Rangers’ 4.62 ERA is the highest in the American League. They nonetheless have an AL-best 14 shutouts. They became the first AL team to reach that shutout total within 80 games since the 1968 Cleveland Indians, five years before the designated hitter came into effect.

• Closer Joakim Soria has allowed runs in consecutive appearances for the first time this season. He still has 17 strikeouts and one walk in his past 10 appearances. Former All-Star closer Neftali Feliz is currently pitching in Triple-A as he enters the final stages of a return from Tommy John surgery.

• Before a 3-for-4 performance Thursday at Baltimore, shortstop Elvis Andrus has been hitless in his last 10 at-bats and 5-for-his-last-30.

• Left fielder Michael Choice is hitless in his last 14 at-bats and 5-for-his-last-66.

• Catcher Robinson Chirinos has caught an MLB-high 19 would-be base stealers.

• Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller is due interview with the San Diego Padres regarding their vacant GM position.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.301 9 53 73
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .824
WB. Colon 12
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.45
SOZ. Wheeler 163