Five early runs were enough for the Rangers and Colby Lewis, who recorded his second straight quality start in a 5-3 win Saturday night in New York.
The win snaps a 10-game road losing streak and a six-game losing streak overall for Texas.
Robinson Chirinos launched a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run in the first inning that would be the difference-maker in the game. The blast gave Texas a 4-0 lead and its biggest first inning since September of last year.
Back-to-back one-out doubles from Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios manufactured the first run of the night for Texas.
Adrian Beltre extended the Ranger lead to 5-0 with a solo home run in the third, his sixth career homer against Bartolo Colon.
Lewis hurled six innings, scattering eight hits and striking out seven Mets hitters while allowing just two earned runs.
The Mets chipped away at the Texas lead with two runs in the third inning with the help of some shoddy Rangers defense.
Beltre committed a throwing error on a bunt by Bartolo Colon, and Shin-Soo Choo failed to make a sliding catch in left field - a floating line drive going into his glove and popping out - before an out was recorded. The damage could’ve been much worse, but Colby Lewis got a strikeout and fielder’s choice to end the inning with three runners stranded on base.
An RBI double from Curtis Granderson and an RBI single by 40-year-old Bobby Abreu plated the two New York runs in the third.
Each team put a “crooked number” on the board in one inning and scored just one run in another. Travis d’Arnaud hit a solo home run to lead off the New York fifth, giving the Mets their one-run frame and capping the scoring for the evening.
Colon ended his night with a strikeout of Beltre on a 10-pitch at-bat. Colon finished with 110 pitches over seven innings, despite recording two innings in which he threw eight or less pitches (seven in the second, eight in the fifth).
Lewis needed 102 pitches in his six innings of work, issuing no walks. He hasn’t walked a batter since June 16 against Oakland. He’s thrown 19.2 innings since his last base on balls.
The Rangers eluded a threat in the eighth inning. New York brought the go-ahead run to home plate with no outs after back-to-back walks, but Shawn Tolleson induced a double play and a flyout to end the inning.
Joakim Soria recorded his 16th save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning. The two teams traded zeroes for the final five innings Saturday.
The finale of the three-game interleague set at Citi Field is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m.