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Duda, Mets' bats erupt in rout of Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Maybe this was the confidence boost that rookie Lucas Duda and the New York Mets offense needed.

Duda, the Mets' minor league Player of the Year for 2010, matched a franchise record with three doubles while going 4 for 5 with four RBI and New York had season highs for runs and hits in a 14-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

"You build confidence off of it, maybe knowing that you can play with these guys on a daily basis," said Duda, who hit .173 with five RBI in his 23 games before starting Saturday at first base.

Duda had a two-run double in the third when the Mets scored three unearned runs for a 6-0 lead. He had another two-run double during New York's highest-scoring inning of the season, eight runs in the sixth.

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"Anytime you start swinging good at this level, you start building confidence," manager Terry Collins said. "This guy has a chance to be a really good hitter."

Jonathon Niese (7-6) struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings before leaving the game, which was played with temperatures in the mid-90s, for precautionary reasons because of a rapid heartbeat.

Collins knew something wasn't right when he saw Niese go to the back of the mound early in the sixth.

"I was breathing heavy. I tried to step back. I just couldn't catch my breath," Niese said. "In this heat, you have to be cautious."

Niese, 5-2 with a 2.36 ERA his last eight starts, was checked by Rangers physician Dr. Keith Meister to make sure everything was OK.

"I'm not going to miss a start," the left-hander said.

Carlos Beltran snapped an 0-for-14 slide with three hits for the Mets, whose 17 hits matched their season high while scoring more than nine runs for the first time in 102 games -- since an 18-5 victory at the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 5.

"It was a fun day, everything was clicking for us," Duda said.

The Mets led 3-0 after four batters against Alexi Ogando (7-3), who lost his third consecutive start without making it past the fifth inning.

Jose Reyes and Willie Harris had consecutive singles to start the game before a triple by Beltran, who then scored on Daniel Murphy's sacrifice fly.

The first eight New York batters reached to start the sixth. Dave Bush allowed four consecutive singles before Michael Kirkman replaced him.

Bush was gone after Beltran's hit, the second of three consecutive RBI singles in the frame. Daniel Murphy greeted Kirkman with a hit, followed by a walk and consecutive doubles by Duda and Josh Thole.

Angel Pagan was the only Mets starter without a hit. He walked and scored in the seventh, then was robbed of extra bases leading off the eighth when Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry made a running, reaching catch in the left-center field gap that ended with him falling hard on the warning track.

Harris opened the third when he reached on an error by third baseman Adrian Beltre. Although Harris was eventually thrown out at third on a fielder's choice, when he slid about 10 feet short of the bag into Beltre's glove, the Mets scored three times on Duda's double and Thole's single.

Ogando gave up eight hits and six runs -- three earned -- while throwing 76 pitches over three innings.

"I was falling behind in the count, so I had to come over the plate," Ogando said through an interpreter. "Not doing my job these last three outings, I've have to keep working."

Before his three-game losing streak, Ogando was 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his first 12 starts.

Beltre and Michael Young hit consecutive homers in the fourth for Texas. Nelson Cruz hit his 18th homer in the eighth.

Beltre's 14th homer was his second in two games after a 13-game homerless streak. Young, who has an 11-game hitting streak after going 3 for 4, hit his third homer

Notes

  • Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton tried some tinted contact lenses to help him see better in the day. He was the DH and struck out all four at-bats, the first three with the lenses. Hamilton is hitting .113 (6 for 53) with 21 strikeouts in 15 day games this season.
  • Mets OF Jason Bay, with five multihit games his last nine games, got the day off to rest a stiff neck. Manager Terry Collins expects Bay back in the lineup Sunday.
  • Collins said 3B David Wright, who missed his 38th game Saturday because of a lower back stress fracture, was starting to do twisting exercises at the team's spring training facility in Florida and is scheduled to start hitting the middle of next week.
  • INF Justin Turner was out of the Mets' lineup with a jammed thumb.
  • Beltre and Young gave the Rangers their fourth set of back-to-back homers this season.
 
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Lucas Duda ties a team record with three doubles and goes 4 for 5 with four RBI in Arlington.  (US Presswire)
Lucas Duda ties a team record with three doubles and goes 4 for 5 with four RBI in Arlington. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

L. Duda
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 4
Texas

M. Young
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS6220001 .334
Willie Harris, DH6221021 .241
Carlos Beltran, RF5333010 .279
Daniel Murphy, 3B4212002 .289
Angel Pagan, CF4100102 .237
Lucas Duda, 1B5244000 .228
Josh Thole, C4122101 .249
Jason Pridie, LF5010013 .235
Ruben Tejada, 2B4121002 .282
Totals4314171324  
Batting
2B - Lucas Duda 3 (5, Ogando, Ogando, Kirkman), Josh Thole (8, Kirkman)
3B - Carlos Beltran (2, Ogando)
SF - Daniel Murphy (2), Ruben Tejada (3)
RBI - Willie Harris (9), Carlos Beltran 3 (47), Daniel Murphy 2 (25), Lucas Duda 4 (9), Josh Thole 2 (20), Ruben Tejada (13)
2-OUT RBI - Lucas Duda 2 (2), Josh Thole (6)
SB - Jose Reyes (27, 3rd base off Bush/Torrealba), Willie Harris (3, 2nd base off Bush/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Duda, Murphy-Tejada-Duda
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (W,7-6) 5.2622272 3.67
Bobby Parnell 1.1211010 3.44
D.J. Carrasco 2322001 6.16
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 95-59, Bobby Parnell 29-18, D.J. Carrasco 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 7-2, Bobby Parnell 1-2, D.J. Carrasco 2-3
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 24, Bobby Parnell 6, D.J. Carrasco 8
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B3010202 .238
Craig Gentry, CF4011001 .270
Josh Hamilton, DH4000043 .293
Adrian Beltre, 3B4111011 .264
Michael Young, 1B4231000 .321
Nelson Cruz, RF4122011 .241
Yorvit Torrealba, C4010001 .267
David Murphy, LF4110012 .236
Andres Blanco, SS4010011 .159
Totals35511528  
Batting
2B - Michael Young (22, Carrasco), Nelson Cruz (13, Niese), Yorvit Torrealba (12, Niese)
HR - Adrian Beltre (14, Niese), Michael Young (6, Niese), Nelson Cruz (18, Carrasco)
SH - Craig Gentry (2)
RBI - Craig Gentry (6), Adrian Beltre (56), Michael Young (50), Nelson Cruz 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Gentry (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Adrian Beltre (8, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alexi Ogando (L,7-3) 3863010 2.87
Dave Bush 2544110 5.45
Michael Kirkman 4444120 6.95
WP - Michael Kirkman (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Alexi Ogando 76-48, Dave Bush 38-22, Michael Kirkman 61-40
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alexi Ogando 4-5, Dave Bush 2-3, Michael Kirkman 4-6
Batters Faced - Alexi Ogando 18, Dave Bush 12, Michael Kirkman 17
Game Information
Attendance - 37292
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Jim Reynolds