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Colon tagged early again, Mets lose to Rangers 5-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2014 at 11:44 pm •  Published: July 5, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Bartolo Colon was in immediate trouble again, even against a favorite foe.

Robinson Chirinos hit an early three-run homer, Adrian Beltre also went deep, and the Texas Rangers ended their six-game losing streak on Saturday night with a 5-3 victory over Colon and the New York Mets.

Alex Rios had three hits, including an RBI double in a four-run first inning off Colon, a longtime Texas nemesis. The right-hander has allowed at least three first-inning runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He has an 8.47 ERA in the first inning this year and a 3.24 mark otherwise.

"I have no idea why," Colon said through a translator. "I was just having trouble getting my pitches where I wanted them that first inning."

Travis d'Arnaud homered for the Mets, who have dropped five of six and eight of 10. David Wright had a double in four at-bats as he returned to the lineup after missing seven games with a bruised left rotator cuff.

The team said right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle was on his way from Triple-A Las Vegas to New York, and Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed "there is a possibility" left-hander Jonathon Niese will be placed on the disabled list with shoulder trouble.

"We will make the announcement (Sunday), " Collins said. "We are going to wait to see when he gets in here, how he is doing."

Colon (8-7) went seven innings but lost his second consecutive outing after going 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his previous seven starts.

The 41-year-old right-hander fell to 20-9 in 34 starts against the Rangers, his most wins against any team and the most by any pitcher vs. Texas.

Colon has served up 14 home runs this season — matching his total last year with Oakland. Six of those have come in the first inning, along with 15 of the 39 extra-base hits he has allowed.

"He's a very experienced guy. He knows tendencies, he understands the game very well. So if you can get him early, you have the advantage," Rios said.

Colby Lewis (6-5) pitched six steady innings to help the banged-up Rangers win for only the third time in 17 games. They snapped a 10-game skid on the road, their longest since a club-record slide of 12 games in 2003, with their first win away from home since June 16 in Oakland.

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