The New York Mets (50-60) defeated the Texas Rangers (53-59) by a score of 5-4 at Citi Field Tuesday evening.
Chris Flexen was on the mound for the Mets tonight and this was certainly his best effort so far this season. All in all, Flexen went 5.2 innings allowing three runs while walking three and striking out four.
In the top of the fifth inning, Joey Gallo hit his 31st home run of the season over the center field wall to get the Rangers on the board.
In the top of the sixth inning, Adrian Beltre belted his 11th home run of the season to cut the Mets lead to 4-2. Chris Flexen walked Carlos Gomez before Terry Collins decided to go to the bullpen. Erik Goeddel promptly gave up a double to Joey Gallo that would score Gomez and make it a one-run game.
Jerry Blevins stayed on in the top of the 8th inning and pitched another scoreless frame.
AJ Ramos came in for the Mets in the top of the 9th to record his first save as a Met and secure the win despite giving up a solo home run.
Michael Conforto got the Mets offense started right away with a lead off home run in the bottom of the first, his 23rd of the season. Three batters later, Yoenis Cespedes parked his 12th home of the season in the left field bleachers to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Asdrubal Cabrera smacked a double to right field to tack on another run and extend the lead to 5-3.
Chris Flexen recorded his first career win and also recorded his first career hit, a double in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Matt Harvey threw live batting practice before the game as he gets closer to making a rehab start.
The Mets will play their second game of a two game set with the Texas Rangers at Citi Field tomorrow afternoon. The game has a start time of 12:10 PM. Rafael Montero (1-7, 5.78 ERA), will look to keep the Mets rolling against Martin Perez (5-10, 5.46 ERA).