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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.

Around the minors 7.2.12

July, 3, 2012
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DURHAM 3, BUFFALO 2: Jordany Valdespin stole four bases and Josh Edgin and Manny Acosta tossed two scoreless relief innings apiece, but the Herd mustered only three hits and lost for the 15th time in 19 games. Valdespin became the first Bison to steal four bases in a game since Albert Hall achieved the feat on July 2, 1989 at Columbus. Edgin improved his scoreless-appearance streak to seven games, spanning 7 1/3 inning. After reaching by getting hit by a pitch in the first, Valdespin stole a pair of bases. He then scored on Fred Lewis' groundout. Buffalo used three walks and Josh Rodriguez's RBI single in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. That would be erased a half-inning later against left-hander Garrett Olson. With the bases loaded, former Bison Jesus Feliciano produced a sacrifice fly, plating Cole Figueroa to even the score at 2. After advancing to third on a steal, Rich Thompson gave the Bulls a 3-2 advantage on Chris Gimenez's sac fly. Olson (3-5) was charged with three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. Box

ALTOONA 6, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets stranded 10 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the ninth, while suffering their seventh straight loss. Binghamton matched a season high with four errors, resulting in three unearned runs. Wilmer Flores’ throwing error in the first set the table for a two-run frame. With two aboard, Matt Curry sent a slow roller to third. Flores’ throw skipped past Jefry Marte at first and rolled down the line, allowing a run to score. Roman Cabrera brought in the second run on a groundout. The Curve extended its lead in the third against B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen as Brock Holt launched a solo homer. Binghamton took advantage of an Altoona error to plate its first run a half-inning later. Juan Centeno reached second when Curry failed to catch a throw from third baseman Stefan Welch. Juan Lagares plated Centeno with a two-out single against starter Gerrit Cole. Trailing 4-1, Eric Campbell led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and scored when Flores doubled. Cole recorded two more outs before being lifted for Nathan Baker, who completed the inning. Cole allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. Two B-Mets errors led to another Curve run in the seventh, Germen’s final frame. Germen (4-6) surrendered five runs (three earned) and matched a season high with eight hits allowed. Ryan Fraser threw a scoreless eighth before Reese Havens’ error led to an unearned run in the ninth. Binghamton threatened against reliever Hunter Strickland in its final at-bat. With two outs, the B-Mets loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. The rally fizzled when Marte bounced out to end the game. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 2: Tyler Pill allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings and Hamilton Bennett and Adam Kolarek combined for three scoreless relief innings. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Blake Forsythe drove in two runs. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 3
AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 4 (8 innings):
Second-round Matt Reynolds from the University of Arkansas had a two-run homer -- his first long ball as a professional -- in a five-run fifth and T.J. Chism recorded his 13th save in the opener. In Game 2, Augusta overcame a 4-0 deficit in the final frame against Randy Fontanez and Chasen Bradford after a two-out error by Reynolds allowed the tying run to score and forced extra innings. Augusta salvaged a doubleheader split an inning later when Jose Cuevas delivered an RBI single against Bradford (2-2). Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 5, GREENEVILLE 4: After Greeneville scratched across an unearned run in the top of the first, Kingsport answered with a four-spot in the bottom half. Consecutive singles by Gavin Cecchini and Jeyckol De Leon helped load the bases. Jeffrey Diehl then tripled. Joe Tuschak followed by singling home Diehl for a 4-1 lead. Greeneville pulled within a run before the K-Mets answered. Branden Kaupe walked to lead off the eighth and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Michael Dimock on a pickoff attempt. Maikis De La Cruz plated Kaupe with a sacrifice fly. The Astros again closed with a run on Ariel Ovando's one-out double in the ninth, but K-Mets reliever Luis Rengel struck out the next two batters for his first save. Corey Oswalt (1-0) picked up his first professional win. Steven Matz, the Mets' top pick in 2009, started and lasted until the third inning before having control problems. Matz walked three straight and four of five before Shane Bay replaced him. Catcher Tomas Nido manned the radar gun in the stands one night after getting knocked out of Sunday's game in a plate collision. De Leon, who played catcher, threw out two would-be stealers in the first inning. Box

BROOKLYN 7, HUDSON VALLEY 6 (11 innings): After Kevin Plawecki's homer tied the score at 6 in the bottom of the ninth, Jayce Boyd hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th. In his Brooklyn debut, Boyd -- the sixth-round pick from Florida State -- went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple a run scored and two RBIs. The 11th inning began with Plawecki being hit by a pitch. A bloop single by Cole Frenzel and a walk by Stefan Sabol loaded the bases, before Boyd’s game-winning sacrifice fly. Brooklyn reliever John Mincone earned the win. He pitched three innings, allowing two hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Box

SIGNING DAY: The Mets confirmed the signing of 16-year-old Dominican shortstop German Rosario to a $1.75 million contract, the highest international bonus ever paid by the organization, topping the $1.3 million handed to Fernando Martinez in 2005. The Mets also agreed to contracts with Dominican second baseman Franklin Correa and Venezuelan shortstop Miguel Patino. All three will report to the organization's Dominican Republic complex. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Rosario, who bats and throws right-handed, also will participate in the fall instructional league. Rosario participated in an MLB showcase in February. He went 4-for-7 with a double against Venezuela. “Rosario is extremely athletic, very instinctual and highly intelligent,” Paul DePodesta said. “He has the chance to impact the game offensively, defensively and off the field.” Correa, 16, is a right-handed batter who also throws right-handed. The 5-9, 176-pounder grew up in Santo Domingo. Patino, 16, also bats and throws right-handed. The 5-11, 155-pounder resides in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. His brother Alfredo plays in the Royals minor league system.

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.30.12

July, 1, 2012
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DURHAM 12, BUFFALO 6: Jenrry Mejia got back on track with two scoreless relief innings after a tumultuous transition to the bullpen, but the Bulls scored nine times in the fifth inning against Mark Cohoon and Jack Egbert to grab a 12-0 lead. The big blow came on a three-run homer by ex-Bison Chris Gimenez against Cohoon. Durham starter Alex Torres carried a no-hit bid one out into the fifth, when Brad Emaus doubled. In the fourth, Buffalo's Fred Lewis stole two bases, giving him a team-leading 14. He also walked three times and scored a run. It is the most stolen bases for any Bisons player since the 2007 season, when Ben Francisco had 22 and Trent Durington had 15. Box

ALTOONA 8, BINGHAMTON 2: Zack Wheeler allowed a career-high seven runs on nine hits and the B-Mets lost their season-high fifth straight. Things started well as Wheeler faced one over the minimum through four scoreless innings and Reese Havens blasted a leadoff homer in the fourth against Tim Alderson. But the Curve scored three runs in the fifth against Wheeler (7-4). Altoona loaded the bases with three straight singles and evened the score on Drew Maggi's sacrifice fly. Brock Holt gave Altoona the lead for good with a two-run single. Wheeler helped his own cause and cut the deficit to one in the fifth. With two outs and Wilfredo Tovar at second, Wheeler doubled for his first career hit and RBI. It would be the last highlight for the highly touted prospect. Wheeler allowed two more runs in the sixth and was chased from the game when Matt Curry stroked a two-run double down the first-base line in the seventh. Altoona added another run in the eighth against relievers Brad Holt and Adrian Rosario. Wilmer Flores started his first professional game at first base. Box

JUPITER 14, ST. LUCIE 2: Right fielder Adam Loewen went 1-for-4 with a double in his first minor league game since suffering a stress fracture in his right foot in April with Buffalo. Starter Erik Goeddel allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. Relievers Jack Leathersich and Kyle Allen combined to allow seven additional runs. Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 0: Alex Panteliodis tossed three scoreless innings in his return after a three-week absence and combined with Jim Fuller (1-1), Randy Fontanez and Chasen Bradford on the shutout. Yucarybert De La Cruz had an RBI single and Dustin Lawley contributed a sacrifice fly in a two-run third. Box

KINGSPORT 13, BLUEFIELD 9: In a game in which the teams committed a combined 10 errors, the K-Mets took the lead for good in the third inning, scoring seven unearned runs to erase a 2-0 deficit. Michael Bernal, who had played sparingly in the first 11 games, doubled twice and drove in three runs as part of a 3-for-4 performance. He also scored twice while serving as DH. Joe Tuschak had three RBIs while going 2-for-5 with a run scored. K-Mets starter Robert Gsellman allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Andres Perez completed the fourth inning, inducing an inning-ending flyout against the lone batter he faced. Christian Chivilli then took over and came within an out of finishing the game. Chivilli was pulled after surrendering a two-run homer to Bluefield's Dwight Smith Jr. in the ninth. None of Kingsport's six errors were more bizarre than the one by catcher Alex Machillanda, who whiffed on his routine throw back to Chivilli after a sixth-inning pitch, allowing Chris Peters to score. Anthony Chavez notched first homer as a K-Met. Yeixon Ruiz drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 2: 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the Cyclones in the rubber match. Gabriel Ynoa allowed two runs and three hits in six innings while striking out a career-high six batters. Right-hander Tim Peterson, the Mets' 20th-round pick from Kentucky, made his professional debut with two perfect innings to earn the win. Dimas Ponce and Phillip Evans singled with one out in the first to get things started. Kevin Plawecki then walked to load the bases for Cole Frenzel. He reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Ponce to score. Stefan Sabol singled, plating Evans and extending his hitting streak to six games as Brooklyn took a 2-0 lead. The IronBirds answered in the third on Roderick Bernadina's two-out, two-run double. Ynoa limited the damage by striking out Creede Simpson. In the sixth, Evans led off by doubling, and Plawecki and Frenzel grounded out. With Evans at third, Sabol and Nelfi Zapata walked to load the bases for Nimmo. He became the first Cyclone to produce a grand slam this season as he delivered his first 2012 homer. Box

Compiled from team reports

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187