New York-One of the more maligned aspects of the New York Mets' offense is their lack of power. The Mets entered today's game with the Texas Rangers ranked in the bottom five of the major leagues in home runs, but the team has improved their power production of late. The Mets (39-49) got a few timely home runs today and were able to beat the Rangers (38-50) 8-4.
The Mets exploded in the bottom of the first inning against Rangers' starter Nick Tepesch. Curtis Granderson walked to lead off the game, and then two line outs gave Tepesch a chance to get out of the inning unscathed. Lucas Duda got the Mets on the board with an RBI double though, plating Granderson to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked to put two men on, and Juan Lagares hit an RBI single to make the lead 2-0. Anthony Recker then came up and gave the Mets some breathing room by crushing a three run homer to left, making it a five run first for the Amazin's.
The Rangers got on the board in the top of the fourth when a solo home run from Robinson Chiniros (9) made it 5-1. The Mets answered back in the the bottom of the sixth when Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a solo homer off Tepesch. Nieuwenhuis' second home run of the season made it 6-1 and closed the book on Tepesch (L, 3-4), who allowed six runs on five hits and four walks over six innings of work. Tepesch did strike out four on the afternoon, but gave up two critical home runs.
The Mets added another run in the seventh on an RBI double from Daniel Murphy, giving the Mets a 7-1 lead. The lead would remain the same until the top of the eighth inning, when Gonzalez Germen imploded. Germen gave up a solo home run to Alex Rios (4) to make it 7-2, and then gave up a single to Adrian Beltre and a two run homer to Leoyns Martin (4) to make it 7-4. Germen got an out before giving way to Jeurys Familia, who got the final two outs of the inning. The Mets tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single from Ruben Tejada to complete the scoring.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' starting pitcher Zack Wheeler. Wheeler (W, 4-8) tossed 6.1 innings of one run ball to pick up his fourth win of the season, and helped the Mets win a series for the first time in nearly three weeks. Wheeler scattered six hits and two walks while striking out four to earn a win.
Post Game Notes:
- Six different Mets got a base hit in the game.
- Nieuwenhuis and Granderson combined to score five of the eight Mets runs.
- Six of the eight Mets runs came on two out hits.
The Mets will renew acquaintances tomorrow night with the Atlanta Braves (49-39) in a critical four game series. The Mets, who just got swept by the Braves last week, need to win at least three out of four in this series if they want to keep their fading postseason dreams alive. Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.72 ERA) and Mike Minor (2-5, 4.73 ERA) will be on the mound in tomorrow's pitching matchup. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.Tags: Alex Rios, Anthony Recker, Baseball, Curtis Granderson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Nick Tepesch, Robinson Chiniros, Texas Rangers, Zack Wheeler