Texas at New York

New York
W: Z. Wheeler (4-8) L: N. Tepesch (3-4)
HR: TEX - R. Chirinos (9),A. Rios (4),L. Martin (4)   NYM - A. Recker (3),K. Nieuwenhuis (2)

Mets 8, Rangers 4

CBSSports.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- Zack Wheeler learned a couple things Sunday.

Pitching with a big, early lead is fun.

And, it's possible to work through an issue with his motion without losing rhythm on the mound.

Both lessons helped the 24-year-old rising star breeze into the seventh inning, Anthony Recker hit a three-run homer in a five-run first and the New York Mets beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 for a series win.

"It's a big thing for me because not always I was able to find it," Wheeler said of fixing a timing glitch in his mechanics. "It felt good to come back out there and compete."

Lucas Duda had an RBI double and Juan Lagares a run-scoring single in the Mets' biggest opening inning of the season, with all the runs scoring with two outs. New York then got only one hit off Nick Tepesch (3-4) until Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the sixth with a long ball to right field.

Daniel Murphy's RBI double in the seventh made it 7-1, but reliever Gonzalez Germen allowed Alex Rios' first homer in 46 games and Leonys Martin's two-run drive before getting an out in the eighth.

Ruben Tejada had an RBI single in the eighth to increase New York's lead to a four runs.

"The kind of hit Ruben got in the eighth wins games," manager Terry Collins said.

Jeurys Familia cleaned up for Gonzalez by getting the final two outs in the eighth and closer Jenrry Mejia pitched the ninth.

The Mets needed five relievers to help send Texas to its sixth loss on a seven-game road trip that ended Sunday.

"We still had a lot of baseball to play and we ended up doing that," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We just couldn't make up for the runs that they put on the board."

Wheeler (4-8) had his second straight solid outing in an up-and-down season to help the Mets win for just the third time in 11 games. The lanky right-hander lasted 6 1-3 innings and gave up a run and six hits, including Robinson Chirinos' second homer of the series.

It was Wheeler's first victory in his last 10 home starts. He is 1-6 over that span.

"We've got a young pitcher on our hands who's going to be really, really good," Collins said. "Zack gets better each start. Today his velocity was consistent throughout the game."

A day after Texas rode Chirinos' three-run shot in a four-run first for a 5-3 victory, Recker put New York up 5-0 with a flyball that down the left-field line.

"To put up five in the first inning is pretty cool," Recker said.

Tepesch, whose start was pushed back twice last week and pitched nine days ago, was hurt by two walks in the first.

Curtis Granderson walked leading off and, after Duda drove in his 12th run 15 games with a two-out double, Nieuwenhuis was walked to extend the inning for Lagares. Tejada walked after Recker's homer but Wheeler struck out.

But Tepesch settled until Tejada had a one-out double in the fourth. In six innings, Tepesch allowed six runs and five hits. He walked four and struck out four.

"Just tried to get back to just commanding it down in the zone and making good pitches down in the zone," Tepesch said of rebounding from the first.

The 25-year-old Tepesch got his first big league hit in his fifth career at-bat, sending a bouncer past diving shortstop Tejada leading off the fifth. Tejada robbed Tepesch of a hit in the third inning with a diving catch.

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Players of the Game

L. Martin
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
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K. Nieuwenhuis
AB 2
R 3
H 1
HR 1

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HR - Alex Rios (4, Germen), Leonys Martin (4, Germen), Robinson Chirinos (9, Wheeler)
RBI - Alex Rios (38), Leonys Martin 2 (25), Robinson Chirinos (27)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Chirinos (13)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Chirinos-Andrus
Texas Rangers
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Jason Frasor 1111100 2.86
Aaron Poreda 0011100 4.05
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New York (N.L.) Mets
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Daniel Murphy, 2B4011001 .294
David Wright, 3B4000001 .274
Lucas Duda, 1B3111111 .252
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF2311210 .314
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Anthony Recker, C4113001 .211
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Zack Wheeler, P1000011 .037
   Dana Eveland, P0000000 .000
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   Jeurys Familia, P00000001.000
   b-Bobby Abreu, PH1000001 .275
   Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Black in the 7th
b-grounded out for Familia in the 8th
2B - Daniel Murphy (20, Frasor), Lucas Duda (18, Tepesch), Ruben Tejada (8, Tepesch)
HR - Kirk Nieuwenhuis (2, Tepesch), Anthony Recker (3, Tepesch)
SH - Zack Wheeler (6)
RBI - Daniel Murphy (35), Lucas Duda (44), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (8), Juan Lagares (19), Anthony Recker 3 (13), Ruben Tejada (18)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Wheeler 9-6, Jeurys Familia 1-0, Jenrry Mejia 1-1
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Attendance - 25213
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Doug Eddings