The New York Mets comeback fell short against the Texas Rangers, losing 5-3 Saturday night at Citi Field. Veteran starter Bartolo Colon took the loss for the Mets, dropping to 8-7 on the year.
Colon pitched seven innings, allowed five runs on eight hits, walked two batters and struck out three. Rangers veteran starter Colby Lewis improved to 6-5 on the year going six innings, allowing three runs (two of which were earned) on eight hits, striking out seven batters.
Rangers closer Joakim Soria notched his 16th save of the season. Texas catcher Robinson Chirinos was the star of the game, going 2-4 including a three run homer in the top of the first.
During the game a report broke from the Mets local ESPN beat reporter Adam Rubin that lefty ace Jonathon Niese would be placed on the disabled list and journeyman reliever Buddy Carlyle would be recalled from AAA Las Vegas. It is believed to be a temporary move however, as fellow starter Dillon Gee is expected to make his first appearance for the Mets in two months in place of Niese.
Left fielder Shin-Soo Choo led off the game by grounding out to first. Shortstop Elvis Andrus ripped a double to left and was brought home on a double by right fielder Alex Rios giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Third baseman Adrien Beltre struck out swinging for the second out, but centerfielder Leonis Martin followed with a walk. Robinson Chirinos then blasted a shot to right center for his eighth home run of the year, making it 4-0 Texas. First baseman Carlos Peña grounded out to second to retire the side. The Mets went in order in the bottom of the first and neither team score in the second inning.
Andrus flied out to right to start the third and Rios lined out to center. Beltre followed by launching a home run ball into the seats in left field extending the Rangers lead to 5-0. Martin flied out to center to retire the side.
Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada lined a single to left to lead off the bottom of the third. Bartolo Colon then grounded a ball to third, Adrien Beltre fielded the ball but threw wide of the bag at second and both runners were safe. Right fielder Curtis Granderson then lined a double to left, Tejada scored to put the Mets on the board 5-1. Second baseman Daniel Murphy blooped a single to left, but Colon was unable to score on the play. Third baseman David Wright hit a lazy fly ball to center for the second out. Left fielder Bobby Abreu then lined a single to right scoring Colon and trimming the Ranger lead to 5-2. First baseman Lucas Duda struck out swinging, and centerfielder Juan Lagares grounded to second and Abreu was forced out to end the inning. The Rangers failed to score in the top of the fourth.
On the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth, catcher Travis d’Arnaud blasted a ball into the seats in left center for his fifth home run of the year, and second since his recall from the minor leagues two weeks ago, bringing the Mets to within two runs of Texas 5-3. Tejada struck out swinging for the first out and Colon grounded out to third for out number two. Granderson then blooped a ball just over the head of Rougend Odor at second but was left stranded when Murphy grounded out to second to end the inning. Neither team scored for the next four innings and the game was over.
The Mets look to rebound in the rubber game of the three game series Sunday afternoon when Zack Wheeler takes the bump for the Mets opposing Nick Tepesch.