Mets Rout Rangers 14-5
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Lucas Duda matched a Mets record with three doubles while going 4 for 5 with four RBIs, Carlos Beltran snapped out of a slump with three hits and New York had season highs for runs and hits in a 14-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
The Mets led 3-0 after four batters against Alexi Ogando (7-3), who lost his third consecutive start without making it past the fifth inning.
Jonathon Niese (7-6) struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings and limited Texas to two runs, those coming on consecutive homers by Adrian Beltre and Michael Young in the fourth. The Mets said the right-hander left the game, which was played with temperatures in the mid-90s, for precautionary reasons because of a rapid heartbeat.
Niese is 5-2 with a 2.36 ERA his last eight starts.
Duda, who hit .173 with five RBIs in his 23 games before starting Saturday at first base, had a two-run double in the third when the Mets scored three unearned runs. He had another two-run double during New York’s highest-scoring inning of the season, eight runs in the sixth.
New York had 17 hits to match its season high while scoring more than nine runs for the first time in 102 games – since an 18-5 victory at the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 5.
Bush was gone after Beltran’s hit, the second of three consecutive RBI singles in the frame. Daniel Murphy greeted Kirkman with a hit, followed by a walk and consecutive doubles by Duda and Josh Thole.
Angel Pagan was the only Mets starter without a hit. He walked and scored in the seventh, then was robbed of extra bases leading off the eighth when Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry made a running, reaching catch in the left-center field gap that ended with him falling hard on the warning track.
Harris opened the third when he reached on an error by third baseman Beltre. Although Harris was eventually thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice, when he slid about 10 feet short of the bag into Beltre’s glove, the Mets scored three times on Duda’s double and Thole’s single.
Ogando gave up eight hits and six runs – three earned – while throwing 76 pitches over three innings.
Before his three-game losing streak, Ogando was 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA his first 12 starts.
Beltre’s 14th homer was his second in two games after a 13-game homerless streak. Young, who has an 11-game hitting streak after going 3 for 4, hit his third homer in four games after three homers his first 72 games.
Nelson Cruz added his 18th homer, a 401-foot two-run blast to left, in the eighth.
NOTES: Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton tried some tinted contact lenses to help him see better in the day. He was the DH and struck out all four at-bats, the first three with the lenses. Hamilton is hitting .113 (6 for 53) with 21 strikeouts in 15 day games this season. … Mets OF Jason Bay, with five multihit games his last nine games, got the day off to rest a stiff neck. Manager Terry Collins expects Bay back in the lineup Sunday. … Collins said 3B David Wright, who missed his 38th game Saturday because of a lower back stress fracture, was starting to do twisting exercises at the team’s spring training facility in Florida and is scheduled to start hitting the middle of next week. … INF Justin Turner was out of the Mets’ lineup with a jammed thumb. … Beltre and Young gave the Rangers their fourth set of back-to-back homers this season.