Late-inning heroics not enough
Mets nearly erase six-run deficit, but fall one run shy in ninth
NEW YORK -- The Mets' late-inning surge resulted in a tighter box score, but a six-run deficit compiled in the first 7 1/2 innings was too much to overcome, with New York falling to Texas in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, 8-7.
The Mets added three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth, but ended up leaving a total of 10 runners on base throughout the game. With the bases loaded in the eighth, and the lead cut to 8-5, Brian Schneider tagged up on a Jose Reyes popup and was thrown out at home plate to spoil a bases-loaded opportunity.
"It's not my job to go out there and analyze," Schneider said. "I am told to tag up and I do what I'm told. ... You never want to get thrown out in that situation. That's not my intent to run to just get thrown out. I'm going with the intent to score."
Starter John Maine gave up five earned runs and was yanked after 6 1/3 innings, but two of those runs were driven in with him on the bench. Reliever Pedro Feliciano gave up a two-run single to Ramon Vazquez. Feliciano and Joe Smith each were responsible for an earned run in the seventh inning, pushing the Rangers' lead to 7-2.
Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran each had solo homers that traveled in excess of 425 feet early on, but the Rangers never relinquished the lead they gained from an Ian Kinsler grounder that snuck under the glove of shortstop Jose Reyes and brought Gerald Laird around to score in the third inning.
"When you are not playing well, it's frustrating," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "But we can't get frustrated now. We've got another game to go."
Jon Blau is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.