NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Cole Calhoun hit home twice and scored four runs, Martin Perez won his seventh straight decision as the Texas Rangers beat the New York Mets 7-3 on Saturday.
Calhoun hit a three-run shot from spot starter Trevor Williams in the second innings and third-year catcher Jonah Heim scored his career-high 11th home run to give Rangers a 4-2 lead. Both drives landed in right field in front of the second deck, giving Texas its fifth set of back-to-back homers this season.
Starling Marte launched the opening two-run homer and Eduardo Escobar also went deep against Perez (7-2), who had only two long balls to spare in 15, coming 93 1/3 innings.
But the 31-year-old lefty gave nothing more in 6 2/3 innings with four strikeouts allowing seven hits and two walks. He leads 7-0 in his last 11 games, making a strong bid for his first All-Star selection this month.
After missing his first two starts this season, Perez is unbeaten in his last 14 – a career-best. His seven-match winning streak matches a career-high set in 2017. Texas has won 11 of its last 12.
Dennis Santana got four outs for Rangers, and Joe Barlow finished.
Calhoun, who was dismissed all four times in Friday night’s loss, sent an off-field single shot to fourth for his ninth career multi-homer game and second this season. He scored just .181 runs in his last 24 matches.
Corey Seeger added an RBI single for Texas in the eighth, and Léodie Taveras took out Tommy Hunter in the ninth.
Williams (1-5) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings in his seventh start of the year. A day after Chris Bassett was scratched and placed on the injured list as he filled in, Mets manager Buck Showalter indicated the right-hander was dealing with COVID-19.
Rangers: RHP Spencer Howard was added to the taxi squad and threw a bullpen at Citi Field. He is a likely candidate starting Tuesday in Baltimore.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom is scheduled to throw around 25 pitches and two innings Sunday night in his first minor league rehab start for Class A St. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was sidelined throughout the season due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder bone that led to swelling. He missed the second half of last season due to an elbow sprain and has not appeared in the Major since July 7, 2021. … 2B/LF Jeff McNeil breaks out of the starting lineup to rest his right foot and exits as one. Pinch-hitter in the eighth. McNeil returned on Tuesday after missing five games due to a muscle strain. “Just managing the leg, make sure we take some precautions,” Showalter said. “He has no pain, no restrictions. Just in kind, you can tell he’s a little tentative about it.” … RHP Trevor May (right triceps swollen) threw up a mound and the next week a Could make a minor league rehab appearance.
Mets LHP David Peterson traveled to Denver to join wife Alex, who is expecting the couple’s first child. Pietersen went a day ahead and replaced Bassett in six innings on Friday night, scoring 10 runs in a 4-3 victory. He will not be turned into the active roster until the team formally puts Peterson on the paternity list, but it is uncertain who will start Wednesday in Cincinnati when his next turn in the rotation comes.
Texas RHP John Gray (4-3, 3.89 ERA) tries to win a career-best fourth straight start on Sunday when he faces RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-4, 4.85) in the series finale. The Gray is 1-2 with an 8.87 ERA in five career games against the Mets. Carrasco is coming off a pair of rough outings in consecutive defeats to Houston.
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