Mets get 22 hits and their 6th straight win, 14-2 over reigning World Series champion Rangers

Mets get 22 hits and their 6th straight win, 14-2 over reigning World Series champion Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas – DJ Stewart hit a three-run homer and Brandon Nimmo also went deep around some singles as the New York Mets extended their winning streak to six games with a 14-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

The Mets’ 22 hits, five for extra bases, were their most since they had 23 against Atlanta in August 2019. They had five players with at least three hits for the first time since August 2018 in Philadelphia.

“We are currently riding a good wave. Hitting is contagious and it seems like we are in one of those phases where everything is coming our way,” said opening hitter Francisco Lindor. “We just have to keep riding as long as we can.”

Lindor went 4-for-4 with three singles and a double, three runs scored and two RBIs — all in the first five innings. Pete Alonso had three singles, two of which brought in runs.

Rangers starter Jon Gray, who had a 1.53 ERA over his previous twelve games, felt like he was tilting the pitches.

“It seemed like they knew what was going to happen,” Gray said. “I’m just not sure what it is.”

Nimmo’s two-run shot with no one out in the fourth made it 9-2 and chased Gray (2-3), who allowed nine hits and two home runs. Nimmo also had a pair of RBI singles in his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, and is 10 for 16 in that span.

Reigning World Series champion Texas (33-39) has lost four straight and 22 of 33 overall. The Rangers are a season-worst six games under .500 and nine games behind AL West-leading Seattle, which swept them last weekend.

“We’re going to figure this out here,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We had a really good pitcher who did a great job for us even though we had a bad night. … A lot of pitches about the heart of the record.”

The Mets have won 12 of 16 games and their six-game winning streak matches a season high.

David Peterson (3-0) became the first Mets pitcher this season to win three straight starts. The left-hander allowed two runs in six innings, with six strikeouts and three walks in his fourth start since offseason surgery on his left hip.

Playing at Globe Life Field for the first time and in Texas for the first time since 2017, the Mets (34-37) already had eight hits before Stewart’s drive with two outs in the second inning for a 7-0 lead. Lindor reached base with a single just before Nimmo’s eighth home run of the season.

“The guys made really, really good contact on pitches in the zone,” Nimmo said. “Even those who didn’t make the best contact find some grass. And there are days like that, and there’s a reason you don’t get 22 hits every day in the big leagues. For that to happen, a lot of things have to go right.”

Gray’s season ERA jumped from 2.17 to 3.31 after throwing 42 of 55 pitches for strikes, and matching career highs for earned runs and hits allowed in a game. The right-hander had allowed just 10 earned runs in 58 2/3 innings in a stretch interrupted by a 15-day injured list stint due to a right groin strain.

Rangers catcher Andrew Knizner had his second scoreless relief appearance in a week, throwing the final 1 1/3 innings after pitching 1 2/3 innings to close out their 15-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last Tuesday.

Mets: RF Starling Marte left the lineup for the second time in three games. He was scratched as a precaution on Saturday when his troublesome right knee flared up, then played on Sunday. New York manager Carlos Mendoza said Marte was doing well but would never play all three games on the grass in Texas. …The team released catcher Tomás Nido.

Rangers: RHP Jacob deGrom threw 15 pitches off a mound for the first time since reconstructive surgery on his right elbow just over a year ago. … INF Josh Smith missed his fourth straight game due to hamstring and glute strains. “It will be another day or two before he takes the field,” Bochy said.

Mets right-hander Luis Severino (4-2, 3.12 ERA) pitched six scoreless innings for the Yankees in a win when he faced Texas last summer.

Rangers RHP Michael Lorenzen (4-3, 2.86) is 2-1 with a 1.46 ERA over his last six starts, allowing six earned runs in 37 innings.