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Strong start, same ending for skidding Rangers

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2014 at 12:19 am •  Published: July 5, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo got Texas off to a powerful start in its first visit to Citi Field. The ending, however, was all too familiar to the skidding Rangers.

Yu Darvish gave up four hits in a costly first inning and Travis d'Arnaud snapped an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double off Jason Frasor, sending the New York Mets to a 6-5 victory Friday night.

Choo hit a leadoff homer, and Adrian Beltre also went deep for the Rangers, who have dropped six in a row and 14 of 16. Their 10-game losing streak on the road is the club's longest since a 12-game slide in 2003.

"It's something every day. One day the pitching is really good, and one day the offense isn't helping," Choo said. "Winning teams, pitching's good and hitting's good at the same time. Right now, everything bad is coming together at the same time."

Darvish, pushed back a day because of rain Thursday in Baltimore, entered 6-1 with a 1.32 ERA in eight career starts against NL teams. But he was off in this one, allowing four runs and five hits in five innings.

"He was a little erratic with his command, but I thought he did a good job of righting the ship there in the last three innings," manager Ron Washington said.

Former closer Neftali Feliz, just recalled from the minors, walked his first two batters but tossed two scoreless innings in his first major league outing this season.

Elvis Andrus had his second consecutive three-hit game for the Rangers. Darvish doubled to the left-center fence for his second hit in 11 major league at-bats — the first for extra bases.

New York overcame an early injury to starter Jonathon Niese in stopping a four-game losing streak. Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer off Darvish, and the Mets opened a 10-game homestand with their second victory in nine games.

An angry Niese left in the first inning with a bruised lower back after he was hit by Alex Rios' line drive. X-rays were negative, the team said.

Star third baseman David Wright missed his seventh straight game with a sore left shoulder, but fill-in Eric Campbell had three hits and an RBI for New York. Carlos Torres, pressed into long relief when Niese was injured, gave up two runs in 4 2-3 valuable innings.

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