The Rangers' troubles were not set free this July fourth, as they lost their sixth straight game, 6-5 to the New York Mets.
Shin-Soo Choo lead it off for the Rangers, hitting a solo home run to give them an early lead in the first. However, the Mets struck quick off Yu Darvish, taking a lead of their own. Curtis Granderson doubled, and then scored on a double by Bobby Abreau. Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, that was originally ruled a double, to give the Mets a 3-1 lead after one.
The Rangers got a run back in the third, when Choo lead off with a walk. Back-to-back singles by Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios were enough to bring Choo home, narrowing the Mets lead by one.
It wasn't the best pitching performance for Darvish, who allowed four runs in five innings pitched. However, Darvish did have an impressive game on the offensive front, hitting a double in the fourth inning.
Duda lead off the fourth with a walk for the Mets, and scored on a double by Eric Campbell, to give the Mets their fourth run of the day.
A solo homer from Beltre in the fifth brought the Rangers within one run of the Mets, before they eventually tied the game in the seventh. The tying run for the Rangers was largely due to sloppy defense from New York, starting with a throwing error by Daniel Murphy that allowed Andrus to reach base. Campbell was unable to make a play on an infield single from Beltre that would permit Andrus to reach third. Chris Gimenez would ground out, but score Andrus in the process.
The eighth inning would win it for the Mets, starting in the top of the inning where the were able to shutout the Rangers, despite Choo and Andrus reaching base. Offensively, Abreu leadoff the inning, working a walk from Aaron Poreda. Poreda was replaced by Jason Frasor, who allowed a single to Campbell. Travis D'Arnaud hit a two-run double to score Abreu and Campbell, and give the Mets the win.
Texas made one last shot at a comeback in the ninth, where Leonys Martin started it off with a pinch-hit walk. Martin advanced to second on a passed ball, and then scored on a RBI single from Adam Rosales. The rally was a nice shot at success, but fell a little short.
One positive for the game is Neftali Feliz, who made his first major league appearance of the year Friday night. Though he walked the first two batters, Feliz was able to eventually settle down and throw two shutout innings.
The Rangers have now lost six straight games, and have a ten game losing streak on the road. Though they've been struggling, you hope that with Darvish on the mound they are at least able to pull off a win every now and then. Unfortunately for Texas fans, the Rangers were unable to win won on the fourth.
Nick Tepesch takes the mound for the Rangers tomorrow, as the look to snap their losing streak. Game time is slated for 6:10 p.m. CT.