David Peterson struck out a career high with 10 strikeouts, and Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run home run on Friday to beat host New York Mets 4-3 against the Texas Rangers.
Mark Canha scored RBIs and runs, and Pete Alonso had two of six New York hits to help the Mets record the season's best three consecutive losses. ..
Marcus Semien and Nathaniel Lowe each started the Rangers solo homer, who lost two games in a row after winning five of the previous seven games.
Peterson (5-1) beat 10 in the previous two of his career, allowed three runs with five hits on Friday, and walked the batter in six innings. There wasn't. He made a spot start after New York put right-handed Chris Bassitt on the injured list. The reason has not been clarified. Multiple media outlets where Bassitt was reported to be the COVID protocol.
The Mets rescuer Seth Lugo hit two batters in one perfect inning. Adam Ottavino closed the gap with Edwin Diaz by avoiding a lead-off single in the eighth inning. Edwin Diaz hit two batters in the ninth inning of 1-2-3 in his 17th save of the season.
Texas started scoring in the third inning when Semien sent a 0-1 slider from Peterson over the left wing wall. Homer was Semien's ninth season and second in the last three games.
New York replied four times. Francisco Lindor became a single, took Jeff McNeil's walk to second place, and left fielder to decide on Kana's single. Canha participated in a 28-2 slumping game.
Escobar stepped up the two batters and placed a 3-2 sinker on the right-wing upper deck from Glenn Otto (4-4). Escobar's seventh home run of the season gave Mets a 4-1 lead.
Rowe responded by sending a 0-1 curve ball to the upper deck of the right fielder, one out in five innings. Homer was Rowe's 11th season.
Semien reduced New York's advantage to 4-3 with Adolis Garcia scoring on the ground out in the sixth inning.
Otto (4-4) recorded 4 hits in 4 innings, 3 walks and 4 runs in 1 strikeout.
– Field-level media