The Mets jumped on Rangers starter Nick Tepesch for five runs in the bottom of the first, all of them scoring on two-out hits. A leadoff walk by Curtis Granderson was cashed in when Lucas Duda doubled into the left field corner. After Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked, Juan Lagares knocked in Duda with a single up the middle. Anthony Recker capped things off nicely with a three-run shot into the Left Field Landing.
Zack Wheeler turned in a solid outing to keep the Rangers in check, scattering six hits over 6 1/3 innings of work while striking out four. The only mark against him came on a Robinson Chirinos solo-shot against Zack Wheeler in the top of the fourth. Wheeler departed with men on the corners and one out in the top of the seventh, but Dana Eveland and Vic Black combined to freeze both runners.
The Mets expanded their lead on a leadoff homer by Niewenhuis in the bottom of the sixth and a Daniel Murphy RBI double in the seventh. Those runs proved crucial when Gonzalez Germen entered the game in the top of the eighth and promptly allowed a leadoff homer to Alex Rios and a long two-run shot to Leonys Martin. Jeurys Familia restored order before the Mets tacked on another run with a two-out RBI single from Rubjen Tejada. Jennry Mejia set down Texas in order in the ninth to give the Mets an actual home series win. Snap a pic; these are as rare as a Bigfoot sighting.
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