WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets missed a chance to move to .500 by serving up three two-run homers to the Rangers. Instead, the Mets opened a challenging stretch of 13 of 16 games on the road to close the first half with an 8-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.
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LONG NIGHT: Mike Pelfrey surrendered four runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three in six innings. Manny Acosta replaced Pelfrey and served up a two-run homer to Michael Young in the seventh, then a two-run homer to Josh Hamilton in the eighth. (It was Hamilton's 100th career homer.)
Pelfrey yielded three first-inning runs, on a single by Hamilton that plated Ian Kinsler and a two-run homer by Adrian Beltre, which broke Beltre’s 13-game long ball drought. Kinsler had opened the frame with a double that Jason Bay made a diving attempt at in left-center, but which bounced off his glove.
Pelfrey has now allowed 14 homers this season, which already exceeds last season’s total by two. Pelfrey did strand the bases loaded in the second inning by striking out Hamilton with a 92 mph fastball.
Regarding Pelfrey’s mounting homer total, Terry Collins said pregame: “I just think he misses out over the plate, up. Early in the year we talked about how he didn’t have a feel for his sinker. He was leaving the ball up, leaving the ball up, and they were hitting it out of the ballpark.”
IT’S A HIT: Ruben Tejada, who had been 3-for-25 in his past 10 games, drove in the Mets’ lone run with a single in the fifth. Tejada’s hit scored Ronny Paulino, who opened the inning with a double.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay had his second three-hit game of the week. He singled in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings. Bay is hitting .378 (14-for-37) in his past nine games, although only two of the hits were for extra bases.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez did not appear and remained at 28 games finished. K-Rod is now on pace for 60 games finished, five more than the threshold for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: Jon Niese (6-6, 3.70 ERA) opposes Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando (7-2, 2.66) at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday.