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Texas Rangers snatch win against Mets, Kole Calhoun blasts two homers

The Texas Rangers hosted the New York Mets for the second time in a three-game series at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Rangers won the game 7-3, and Kole Calhoun, who batted second for the Rangers, hit two home runs for the team with Martin Perez, who started on the mound.

As the road team, the Mets were winning in the first matchup before and the Rangers’ win made the score even. Currently, the Rangers are in second place in the AL West behind Houston Astros with a 37-39 win-loss record and 6-4 in their last ten games. Meanwhile, the Mets topped the NL East with a 48-30 win-loss record and 4-6 in their last ten MLB games.

Match recap

The match began with Mets’ Starling Marte launching an early two-run homer against Perez as Texas’ starting pitcher. New York was in the lead after third baseman Eduardo Escobar went deep against Perez who permitted seven hits from Mets’ batters with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings. The 31-year-old is 7-0 in his last 11 starts with the Rangers as the team won 11 out of 12 matches with him on the starting lineup.

Meanwhile, Rangers’ Calhoun played as a right fielder in the match at Arlington and gave the team a lead in the second inning. He hit the ball from Mets’ pitcher Trevor Williams and made a home run with two runners on base, including Jonah Heim. It was the batter's 11th home run and the score became 4-2 for the Rangers. Afterward, in the fourth inning, the 34-year-old outfielder added a solo homer to record his second home run in this match.

On the Mets' side, starting pitcher Williams only played for 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs, and five hits. This season, the 30-year-old pitcher was on the starting lineup for the seventh game and recorded five losses.

Game 3 preparation

After the second game-winning, both Rangers and Mets are preparing for the next rumble on Sunday, 3 July. New York will start RHP Carlos Carrasco as the replacement for Chris Bassitt who is still dealing with COVID-19, while David Peterson is also not on the active roster because of paternity leave, according to Mets’ manager Buck Showalter. As a pitcher, Carrasco recorded 4.85 ERA while on the mound and 81 strikeouts for the team.

On the other side, Texas will place Jon Gray as starting pitcher to face Carrasco. The 30-year-old pitcher recorded a 3.89 ERA and has a total of 76 strikeouts. His play will be supported by Rangers’ outfielder Calhoun on the right side as RF, Heim playing as Center in the middle, and Corey Seager as a shortstop who added a singles RBI in the eighth inning for the second matchup win.

On the Mets' batting lineup, Showalter will play Pete Alonso and Mark Canha two first batters with support from Marte and Escobar to try for a comeback against the Rangers before going on the road to play at Great American Ball Park against Cincinnati Reds.

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