ARLINGTON -- The Rangers rode a big offensive night from their outfielders and snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-8 victory over the Mets at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night. The Rangers were especially rough on Mets starter Jacob deGrom, who went four innings and tied a career
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers rode a big offensive night from their outfielders and snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-8 victory over the Mets at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night. The Rangers were especially rough on Mets starter Jacob deGrom, who went four innings and tied a career high by allowing eight runs.
"If you tell me that Jake deGrom is going to start a game and we're going to score eight runs, I figure the game's over. We're winning the game," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It just tells you that we've got issues we've got to deal with."
Rangers left fielder Delino DeShields, center fielder Jared Hoying and right fielder Nomar Mazara were a combined 9-for-12 with five runs scored and four RBIs. Mazara's four-hit night -- tying a career high -- included his seventh home run. Hoying also took a home run away from Jay Bruce in the top of the fourth.
"Those are the fun ones," Hoying said. "It was a great night. It was a real big win. We needed the win."
The Mets took a 4-3 lead on a second-inning solo home run by Juan Lagares and two more in the third by Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker. But Joey Gallo put the Rangers ahead for good with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third. The Mets' five home runs were offset by going 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Rangers reliever Austin Bibens-Dirkx picked up his first Major League win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Dillon Gee. DeGrom fell to 4-3 (with a 4.75 ERA) and the Mets have lost 16 of their last 24 games.
• deGrom seeks cause for command issues
The Mets trailed, 10-5, going into the ninth before back-to-back home runs by Curtis Granderson and Travis d'Arnaud made it a two-run game, but Rangers closer Matt Bush shut the door. This was the 27th time in club history that the Mets have hit five home runs in a game and only the third time they lost.
• Rangers show persistence in win
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bibens-Dirkx escapes jam: The Rangers were leading, 5-4, when Bibens-Dirkx took over for Gee with one out in the fourth. The Mets had runners at the corners, but Bibens-Dirkx retired Walker on a popup to third and Lucas Duda on a soft liner that Adrian Beltre grabbed to end the inning.
"Coming in with a one-run lead, in that situation, it's big," Bibens-Dirkx said. "It's a situation I haven't been in yet this year, and I was glad that they trusted me to get the outs that I needed to. Getting those two outs without a run scoring really turned the momentum in our favor, and then we came out and scored three runs in the next inning."
Moon vs. laser: Gallo and Mazara both hit home runs for the Rangers and both had an exit velocity of 112 mph. That's where the similarity ends. Gallo's two-run home run in the third had a launch angle of 44 degrees, according to Statcast™, and a max height of 167 feet before landing at an estimated distance of 360 feet. It gave the Rangers a 5-4 lead. Mazara's had a 21-degree launch angle and a height of 72 feet. But that line drive was estimated at 435 feet, increasing the Rangers' lead to 8-4.
"Joey hit his so high, so we're all kind of watching it, and it's like maybe it's going to go, maybe it's not," Hoying said. "That was a big hit for Joey, so we needed that one real big."
"Last year when he had the elbow issue is probably the only time he's really had to dig deep and figure out what's wrong, and we found the cause. But right now, we've got to come up with an answer."
-- Collins, on deGrom's struggles
With one out in the sixth, DeShields laid down a bunt and was called out at first. Rangers manager Jeff Banister challenged the call, and it was overturned after a review of 1 minute, 35 seconds. DeShields ended up scoring later in the inning on Mazara's RBI single. With the successful challenge, Banister is 14-of-24 on manager's challenges this year.
Mets: Right-hander Zack Wheeler takes the mound for the Mets in their series finale at Globe Life Park. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. ET. Wheeler pitched 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers on Thursday, allowing two runs on a season-high 10 hits. Over his past six starts, however, he has a 2.65 ERA.
Rangers: Right-hander Yu Darvish pitches against the Mets at 7:05 p.m. CT Wednesday. Darvish has lost his last two starts against the Blue Jays and Astros, respectively, both times giving up only a three-run home run.
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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.
Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas. He covered the Mets on Tuesday.