WHAT IT MEANS: Jon Niese was removed from the game with a rapid heartbeat.
The Mets set a season high for runs scored and evened the interleague series at a game apiece with a 14-5 win against the Rangers. The Mets produced an eight-run sixth inning, their largest output in a frame since putting up that same total against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning on June 22, 2010. Angel Pagan was the lone starter not to produce a hit, although he was robbed in the eighth inning by Craig Gentry in left-center. The Mets matched a season high with 17 hits.
HOT PLATE: Lucas Duda went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and three doubles. Carlos Beltran, hitless in 14 at-bats entering the game, snapped out in a big way, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Duda’s three doubles matched the franchise record, done 25 other times, most recently by Jose Reyes on May 13, 2009 against the Braves.
THAT’S SUPPORT: Niese carried a scoreless effort into the fourth inning, when the Rangers made their lone dent to claw within 6-2. Adrian Beltre and Michael Young produced consecutive solo homers against Niese.
Trainer Ray Ramirez visited Niese with two out in the sixth, but the southpaw remained in the game. When Niese then surrendered a double to Nelson Cruz, Terry Collins removed him. Niese’s final line: 5.2 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 7 K. Niese threw 95 pitches (59 strikes).
LOST COUNT? Cruz seemed to earn a walk in the second inning, but the plate appearance continued despite the apparent ball four. Niese then struck out Cruz.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez’s services were not required in the rout. He remained at 28 games finished, and is on pace for 59. That is four games finished beyond the threshold for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: Dillon Gee, who went to college at Texas-Arlington and grew up in nearby Cleburne, Texas, faces the team he cheered as a child. Gee opposes left-hander Derek Holland (6-2, 4.69) in the rubber game. Gee (7-1, 3.21 ERA) is trying to rebound from his first loss of the season, during which he walked a career-high six batters.