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Wednesday was another getaway game to forget for the Mets. Like most of their others this season, this one, too, ended in a loss.
The Mets have now played nine getaway games this season — the final home game before leaving on a trip — and lost seven of them. The latest was Wednesday’s 5-1 loss at Citi Field to the Texas Rangers, which took more than three hours to play but was essentially over by the end of the visitors’ half of the first inning, in which the Rangers scored three runs off Mets starter Rafael Montero.
The day was aptly summarized by outfielder Jay Bruce, who was later traded by the Mets to Cleveland. “There was no rhythm to this game,’’ he said. ‘It never seemed to flow.’’ It was, he added, a game that was “tough to get into.’’
Indeed, the first half-inning lasted a full 20 minutes and Montero needed 40 pitches to get three outs. He allowed a leadoff double to Shin-Soo Choo and balked him home four batters later while pitching to Joey Gallo, who then launched a two-run homer into the second-deck seats in right field above the Mets’ bullpen. That gave Texas a 3-0 lead.
The Mets were held hitless for four innings by Martin Perez, who entered the game with a 5.46 earned run average. Perez lost his no-hitter and shutout when Wilmer Flores homered leading off the fifth — the shot was originally thought to be in play, with Flores stopping at second, until an umpires’ review showed that the ball had hit above the orange home run line in left field. The Rangers, though, added another run when reliever Hansel Robles, who inherited a bases-loaded, no-out jam from Josh Smoker, walked Drew Robinson.
Robles, making his first appearance since walking in the winning run at Colorado last Thursday, after which he complained of numbness in his pitching hand, ended up working three hitless innings and struck out five of the 11 batters he faced.
The Mets got two other hits, a single by Jose Reyes in the sixth and another by the rookie Amed Rosario, snapping a 13-at-bat hitless streak, in the eighth, off Perez, who turned in his best and longest outing of the season: eight innings of three-hit, one-run ball, walking none and striking out five.