MMO Game Recap: Mets 8, Rangers 4

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The New York Mets were looking for a series victory this afternoon against the Texas Rangers, with Zack Wheeler squaring off against Nick Tepesch.

What you should know:

The Mets got off to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning, as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Lucas Duda doubled home Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares drove in Duda with a single, and Anthony Recker topped it all off with a three-run jack.

It would remain 5-0 Mets until the bottom of the fourth, when Robinson Chirinos hit a solo home run, his second of the series, off of Zack Wheeler.

The Mets would get that run back in the bottom of the sixth, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis blasting a home run of his own, a no-doubter to the bullpens in right field.

The Mets would then add on to their lead in the bottom of the seventh, with Daniel Murphy doubling home Curtis Granderson.

After a disastrous first inning for Nick Tepesch, he would settle down holding the Mets to just one run after the first, pitching six innings allowing six runs on five hits, while striking out four and walking four.

Zack Wheeler would pitch 6.1 innings allowing one earned run on six hits, while striking out four and walking two. Dana Eveland and Vic Black would each record an out to finish the inning off.

Gonzalez Germen entered the game in the eighth inning in a low leverage situation with the Mets leading 7-1, but was extremely ineffective in his brief appearance, as he let up two home runs: A solo shot by Alex Rios, and a two-run homer to Leonys Martin. Germen would record only one out before being replaced by Jeurys Familia, who would get out of the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Ruben Tejada would drive in Kirk Nieuwenhuis with an RBI single, making it 8-4 New York. Nieuwenhuis would go 1-2 with two walks and three runs scored on the afternoon.

Curtis Granderson walked two more times today, and now has 52 on the season – tied for seventh in all of baseball.

Jenrry Mejia entered the game in the top of the ninth inning, shutting the door by setting Texas down 1,2,3 and securing a win for Wheeler – his first home win of the season.

Final score:

Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler (4-8)
Losing pitcher: Nick Tepesch (3-4)

Player of the game:

Today’s player of the game goes to Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis – making his first start since June 22nd – Kirk hit a solo home run as well as scoring three runs, while walking twice on the afternoon.

On deck:

The Mets start a three game series against the division leading Atlanta Braves tomorrow night at Citi Field with Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.72 ERA) facing off against Mike Minor (2-5, 4.73 ERA)

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Rob Piersall is a fourth-year student at SUNY New Paltz, studying journalism with a minor in communications. He is also the managing editor for his school's newspaper, The Oracle. A Mets fan since the age of six in 2001, Rob is senior editor here at MMO. His favorite thing is reporting breaking Mets news and transactions as well as writing columns. He is also ready to see what Mickey Callaway brings to the table in 2018. LGM! Follow Rob on Twitter: @RobPiersall.