Final Score: Mets 14 Rangers 5

The New York Mets (38-39) defeated the Texas Rangers (41-37) this afternoon by a score of 14-5.

For complete box scores and game recap, check out SNY.tv.

The Least You Should Know:

  • The 14 runs scored were a season high for the Mets.
  • Jon Niese started for the Mets today and navigated his way through 5 2/3 innings allowing two runs on six hits while walking two, and striking out seven. He was removed from the game for precautionary reasons with a rapid heart beat.
  • Carlos Beltran snapped a four game hit-less streak (0-14) collecting three hits in five at-bats. He also drove in three runs.
  • Jose Reyes picked up another multi-hit game with a 2-for-6 effort and two runs scored.  He stole his 27 base of the year as the lead runner in part of a double steal in the sixth.
  • Lucas Duda had a HUGE day collecting his first career four hit game, three of which were doubles, and driving in four runs. His three double performance tied a franchise record, which has been done 26 times.
  • Angel Pagan was the lone Mets hitter with out a hit, although he was robbed of an extra-base hit in the eighth.
  • The Mets scored eight runs in the sixth, seven of which came before an out was recorded.  It was the teams largest inning output since putting up that same total in the third inning on June 22, 2010 against the Tigers.
  • The Mets were 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
  • With the win the Mets are now 20-19 on the road this season.

Terry Collins Post-Game Comments:

Terry Collins spoke to reporters after tonight’s win. During the discussion, Collins basically said:

  • During his visit to the mound Niese told him his heart was racing and he couldn’t get it to stop.
  • He did not want to take any chances. It was to hot.
  • Niese started to catch his breath during their visit so he decided he would give him one more batter, which he believed he deserved.
  • Niese has calmed down since and at some point in the next few days he will be examined.
  • They put good swings on the ball, attacked, and stayed aggressive the entire game.
  • Lucas Duda is swinging the bat good and should start to gain some confidence because he has “a chance to be a real real good hitter.”

Quick Post-Game Reaction:

  • After a beating at the hands of the Rangers last night the Mets showed fight, as they have done all year long, by bouncing back this afternoon and giving Texas a beating of their own. They were relentless with the bats this afternoon, scoring runs often and in bunches, but more impressively, they did so without the benefit of a home run. They scored three runs in the first and third before breaking the game open with a eight run sixth.
  • For the second straight game Jon Niese did not have great command on his curveball, but he was able to compensate with a nasty cutter. Over his last eight starts Niese is now 5-2 with a 2.35 ERA (13 earned/49 2/3 innings).
  • It was great to see Duda have a HUGE day.  He hit the ball hard in all of his at-bats and he just missed hitting the Mets first grand slam since August of 2009 when he ripped a three run double off the wall in the sixth.  Hopefully for the Mets this is just the beginning of things to come, especially with the possibility of losing Ike Davis for the year. The Mets could really use his power in the lineup everyday. This was his second multi-hit game over his last three starts, in which he is 7-for-13 with five RBI and four run scored raising his season average to .228 in the process.
  • Carlos Beltran started his 38 consecutive game for the Mets this afternoon, which I believe is safe to say, something nobody saw coming.  He got the Mets going early with a two run triple in the first and added another RBI single in the sixth.

Up Next:

The Mets will look to take the rubber game of their three game series with the Rangers tomorrow afternoon in Arlington with Dillon Gee (7-1, 3.21 ERA) taking on Derek Holland (6-2, 4.69 ERA).