ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' morale was challenged early on Tuesday. The Rangers entered the game having lost four straight, and starter Dillon Gee was having trouble containing the Mets in the first three innings.But the Rangers' offense kept pounding away against Mets starter Jacob deGrom and that relentlessness paid off
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' morale was challenged early on Tuesday. The Rangers entered the game having lost four straight, and starter Dillon Gee was having trouble containing the Mets in the first three innings.
But the Rangers' offense kept pounding away against Mets starter Jacob deGrom and that relentlessness paid off in a 10-8 victory at Globe Life Park.
"Every time we came to the dugout, we never put our head down," outfielder Nomar Mazara said. "We just said we got to continue to put good at-bats together, this game hasn't ended yet, and just keep grinding and go out there and do your job."
That attitude allowed Rangers pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx to earn his first Major League victory with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Gee. Bibens-Dirkx was the one who slowed down the Mets' offense, while the Rangers kept up the attack against deGrom.
"It was awesome," Bibens-Dirkx said. "A great feeling. The way I got [the first win] was unconventional. I wish it could have been in my spot start, but I will take it all the way."
The Mets had three home runs off Gee and had the lead in the middle of the first, second and third innings. But the Rangers responded in the bottom of each inning, and Joey Gallo finally put the Rangers ahead for good with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third, erasing the Mets' 4-3 lead.
"Well, there's been some of that this year, where we've not been able to bounce back," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "The challenge for us really has been the shutdown innings or the answer-back innings. Those are key, the answer-backs are huge for us."
The Rangers had 16 hits. Mazara led the way by tying a career high with four hits, including his seventh home run of the season. Jared Hoying had three hits, and Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo each had two. This was the first time the Rangers scored in double figures since May 9 against the Padres.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.