Off the heels of a big loss to the Texas Rangers last night in Arlington, Texas, the Mets fired back and took a huge victory this afternoon, defeating the Rangers 14-5 behind a good effort from Jonathan Niese and a career day for Lucas Duda.
Jonathan Niese(7-6, 3.67 ERA) boosted his record to 1 game over .500 but lasted only 5 2/3 innings before being removed with "irregular heartbeat". The hot climate in Arlington today, 94 degrees an hour into the game, is said to be a contributing factor. According to WFAN the trainers cooled Niese off in the cold baths and Texas doctors confirmed the diagnosis. He should be able to make his next scheduled start.
Lucas Duda led the charge on offense today, posting a career high 4 hits with 3 doubles while driving in 5 runs. Duda's previous career high had been 2 hits and with the effort today boosted his average to .228 on the year. It appears that as Duda receives more frequent playing time his offensive production has become more consistent with his minor league numbers.
Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Josh Thole, Ruben Tejada and Willie Harris all also had multi-hit days with Beltran driving in 2 with an RBI triple that got the Mets kick started in the first inning. After his average almost dropped under .200 in early May, Willie Harris has hit .400 over his last 10 games/appearances and is hitting .313 away from Citi Field this year.
The rout of Alexi Ogando represents his third consecutive loss and first at home this season. While the Mets failed to record a home run the offense was able to contribute in the spacious ballpark. Bobby Parnell and DJ Carrasco finished Niese's effort although the two allowed 3 runs over the final 3 1/3 innings.
The New York Mets will look to take the rubber match in Arlington tomorrow afternoon at 3:05 PM with Dillon Gee looking to bounce back from his first loss of 2011.