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Mets grind out win over Rangers despite Niese exit
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Mets grind out win over Rangers despite Niese exit

(Friday, July 4)

Final Score: New York 6, Texas 5

Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Travis d’Arnaud’s two-run double in the bottom of the eighth was the difference, as the Mets took down Texas, 6-5, in the marathon opener of a three-game interleague series.

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, while Eric Campbell went 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored for the Mets, who snapped a four-game slide.

Jon Niese left after retiring only one batter with a lower-back contusion. Four relievers combined to keep the hosts in the contest, with Jenrry Mejia (5-3) recording the final four outs for the win.

Elvis Andrus collected three hits and scored once, while Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre homered for the Rangers, losers in six straight. Alex Rios and Adam Rosales each drove in a run in defeat.

Aaron Poreda (2-1) was charged with the deciding run.

In a 4-4 game, Poreda walked Bobby Abreu to start the frame, then after fanning Duda, gave way to Jason Frasor, who allowed Campbell’s single to center ahead of d’Arnaud’s drive to center which plated both and gave the hosts a two-run edge.

Mejia retired Rios on a grounder to end the top of the eighth, but ran into trouble in the ninth by walking pinch-hitter Leonys Martin with one down. Martin moved up on a passed ball then came in on Rosales’ base hit to left.

Robinson Chirinos was the final out of the contest, but even that was an adventure, as his pop to short was blown by the wind until Daniel Murphy was able to close his glove on it.

Game time was 4 hours, 8 minutes, one of the longest 9-inning contests in Mets history.

Niese gave up a game-commencing home run to Choo and a single to Andrus, then appeared to be in discomfort after being hit with a Rios grounder in the back. He was removed, to his visible frustration, after 12 pitches. Carlos Torres took over, and kept Andrus from scoring by grounding out Beltre and Chris Gimenez.

The Mets dented Texas starter Yu Darvish thrice in the opening frame. Curtis Granderson doubled with one down and scored on Abreu’s two-out single, then Duda’s high arcing drive to left was carried by the wind and hit the railing just above the top of the wall for a two-run homer.

Rios singled home Choo in the third, but the Mets again led by two in the fourth after Duda worked a leadoff walk and scored when Campbell followed with a double.

The Rangers tied the game with single runs in the fifth and seventh, as Beltre’s blast in the former closed the gap to one and a Gimenez groundout scored Andrus in the latter.

Game Notes

The Mets improved to 29-34 all-time on Independence Day … Despite his early exit, Niese extended his streak to 21 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or less, the longest current streak in the majors … It is also the third-longest streak in team history and longest since Johan Santana went 21 straight starts from July 22, 2009-May 11, 2010 … Darvish’s fourth-inning double was the first extra base hit by a Rangers pitcher since Colby Lewis doubled on June 29, 2011 … Prior to the contest, the Rangers promoted Neftali Feliz from Triple-A Round Rock while optioning reliever Ben Rowen to the Express.

BOX SCORE

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 5 12 0
NY Mets « 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 X 6 7 1
W:J.Mejia(5-3) L:A.Poreda(2-1)
HR: TEX- A.Beltre (10), S.Choo (9) NYM- L.Duda (13)
Texas AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR W K AVG
Shin-Soo Choo LF 3 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 .254
Elvis Andrus SS 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Alex Rios RF 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .300
Adrian Beltre 3B 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .336
Chris Gimenez C 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .293
  Leonys Martin PH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .271
Rougned Odor 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .263
Adam Rosales 1B 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .300
Dan Robertson CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .226
  Robinson Chirinos PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .246
Yu Darvish P 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .200
  Carlos Pena PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .091
  Neftali Feliz P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Donnie Murphy PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .196
  Aaron Poreda P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Jason Frasor P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 39 5 12 5 1 0 2 5 6
NY Mets AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR W K AVG
Eric Young LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .237
  Jenrry Mejia P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Curtis Granderson CF-RF 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .233
Daniel Murphy 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .296
Bobby Abreu RF 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .276
  Juan Lagares CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .294
Lucas Duda 1B 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 2 1 .250
Eric Campbell 3B 3 1 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 .340
Travis d`Arnaud C 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 .205
Ruben Tejada SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .234
Jon Niese P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .036
  Carlos Torres P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Vic Black P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .281
  Jeurys Familia P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
  Chris Young LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .199
Totals 30 6 7 6 3 0 1 6 10

E_D.Murphy. LOB_Texas 12, NY Mets 7. 2B_Y.Darvish, C.Granderson, E.Campbell, T.d’Arnaud. HR_S.Choo (9) off J.Niese, A.Beltre (10) off C.Torres, L.Duda (13) off Y.Darvish. S_C.Torres. SB_E.Andrus (19). CS_R.Odor.

Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
Yu Darvish 5.0 5 4 4 2 6 1 94-59 2.63
Neftali Feliz 2.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 42-25 0.00
Aaron Poreda (L 2-1) 0.1 0 1 1 1 1 0 10-4 3.60
Jason Frasor 0.2 2 1 1 1 1 0 18-10 2.63
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
Jon Niese 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 1 12-8 2.96
Carlos Torres 4.2 5 2 2 1 4 1 81-54 3.09
Vic Black (H 5) 1.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 21-11 1.53
Jeurys Familia (B 3) 1.2 2 1 0 2 1 0 45-24 2.22
Jenrry Mejia (W 5-3) 1.1 1 1 0 1 0 0 18-8 4.05

PB_T.d’Arnaud.
IBB_off J.Frasor (C.Young), off J.Familia (R.Odor). 
T_4:08. A_30377.
Umpires_Home,Jim Joyce; First, Doug Eddings; Second, Marvin Hudson; Third, D.J. Reyburn.

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