When teams are hot, you tend to say things like, “Man, they just keep finding ways to win.
When teams are not, you say, “Man, they just keep finding ways to lose.”

That’s how things felt tonight: The Rangers saw a 6-2 lead slowly disappear, and the Mets completed a 9th-inning comeback to claim a 7-6 win on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field.

Josh Smith would unload on a three-run home run, which was part of a five-run fifth inning that fueled a struggling Rangers offense’s 6-run night.

Wyatt Langford also added a home run in the fifth and got a silent treatment in the dugout after his first over-the-fence home run. However, Langford’s shot wasn’t quite hit as it came off the bat of a rookie; it was a 107.1 MPH 414-foot shot that brought the Rangers their fifth run of the inning.

The Rangers’ red-hot Michael Lorenzen will start tonight, and he once again turned in a solid night. Lorenzen went six innings and gave up just three runs, leaving Texas ahead 6-2 after six.

However, after that, things fell apart for the Rangers.

After Jose Leclerc left the bases loaded with one out in the seventh, David Robertson came on and allowed just one of the inherited runners to score. In the 8th, on Robertson’s last hitter of the night, Francisco Alverez laced a full-count double into the left-center field gap to tie the game at six.

In the ninth, with Kirby Yates on the mound, the Mets used a walk and a catcher’s interference call to set up Pete Alonso with two runners on, and the polar bear delivered.

Alonso ripped a ball down the 3rd baseline to give New York the eventual winning run in the 9th.

“Tough one, no getting around it,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said after the game.

“We let that one get away, we had our guys set up [Robertson, Yates]. “They fought hard; good things happened tonight; those are games where I like my chances; it just got away tonight.”


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