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Eduardo Escobar’s three-run homer lifts Mets over Rangers in series opener

The New York Mets defeated the Texas Rangers, 4-3, in the series opener at Citi Field on Friday night.

David Peterson started on the mound for New York after Chris Bassitt was placed on the COVID-19 injured list before the game. The left-hander surrendered three runs on five hits over six innings while striking out 10.

The bullpen was outstanding as Seth Lugo, Adam Ottavino, and Edwin Díaz each had scoreless outings.

The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Marcus Semien’s solo home run.

Mark Canha put the Mets on the board and tied the game in the fourth with a run-scoring single. Later in the frame, Eduardo Escobar smacked a three-run home run to give New York a 4-1 lead. That was his seventh homer of the season.

Nathaniel Lowe belted a solo shot in the fifth to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-2.

Adolis Garcia made it a one-run game in the sixth with an RBI groundout.

New York’s bullpen combined to allow just one hit over the final three innings of the contest.

Pete Alonso collected two of the Mets’ six hits.

The second game of this three-game series is set for Saturday at 4:10 p.m.