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Vazquez lifts Rangers past Mets

Jun 15, 2008 - 9:40 PM By Zachary Braziller PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Ramon Vazquez homered and knocked in four runs as the Texas Rangers held on for an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday.

While Vazquez was big at the plate, Kevin Millwood (5-3) did his part on the mound, allowing two runs and five hits over six innings. The righthander walked four and struck out five.

"Everybody contributed today," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Millwood almost failed to pick up the win as the Mets nearly rallied from an 8-2 deficit against the Texas bullpen.

In the eighth, the Mets scored three runs off the combination of Frank Francisco and Eddie Guardado. But with the bases loaded and one out, Jose Reyes flied into a double play as right fielder Milton Bradley gunned down slow-footed catcher Brian Schneider at the plate to end the inning.

"I may have lost a step speed-wise, but my arm is still strong," Bradley said.

In the ninth, the first three Mets reached against C.J. Wilson. After Carlos Beltran's RBI single made it 8-6, Carlos Delgado promptly hit into a double play. Trot Nixon walked and Ramon Castro delivered a run-scoring single before Damion Easley flied out to left field to end it.

"We're just not clicking on all cylinders," Mets starter John Maine said. "It's something different every day. We made a good comeback, we just fell short. It's tough to pinpoint, just a loss here, a loss there. It's frustrating, but we got to keep on playing."

Maine (6-5) gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five without a walk.

Maine did retire his six batters but ran into trouble in the third, allowing three hits, including Ian Kinsler's run-scoring single.

After Delgado hit a long homer off the scoreboard in right field in the fourth, Vazquez belted his fourth homer of the season with one out in the fifth, a two-run blast which gave Texas a 3-1 lead.

"They're a good hitting team," Maine said. "They do a good job putting the ball in play."

Beltran hit his ninth homer to lead off the bottom of the sixth, pulling the Mets within 3-2.

Vazquez came through again in the seventh, delivering a two-run single up the middle. Kinsler hit a two-run homer later in the frame off Joe Smith for a 7-2 lead.

Bradley hit his 15th homer with one out in the eighth off Scott Schoeneweis.

"He can do everything," Washington said. "I'm so happy to have him on the team."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TEXAS 0 0 1 0 2 0 4 1 0 8 11 1
    NY METS 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 2 7 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TEX - KEVIN MILLWOOD, JAMEY WRIGHT (7TH), FRANK FRANCISCO (8TH),
    EDDIE GUARDADO (8TH), C.J. WILSON (9TH) AND GERALD LAIRD
    NYM - JOHN MAINE, PEDRO FELICIANO (7TH), J

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    Rangers 8, Mets 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 15 4:31 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY RAMON CASTRO SCORED DAVID WRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R CASTRO ON FIRST, T NIXON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 8
    NY METS 7 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: D EASLEY (.243, 0-FOR-1, RBI)

    Rangers 8, Mets 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 15 4:31 PM
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    Rangers 8, Mets 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 15 4:31 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY CARLOS BELTRAN SCORED LUIS CASTILLO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C BELTRAN ON FIRST, D WRIGHT ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 8
    NY METS 6 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: C DELGADO (.247, 2-FOR-4, HR, 2 RBI)

    Rangers 8, Mets 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 15 4:23 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY FERNANDO TATIS SCORED TROT NIXON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, F TATIS ON FIRST, D EASLEY ON SECOND, B
    SCHNEIDER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 8
    NY METS 5 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: J REYES (.291, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Rangers 8, Mets 5  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 15 4:02 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY DAMION EASLEY SCORED CARLOS DELGADO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D EASLEY ON FIRST, B SCHNEIDER ON SECOND, T
    NIXON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 8
    NY METS 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: S SCHOENEWEIS (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Rangers 8, Mets 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 15 4:00 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY CARLOS DELGADO SCORED CARLOS BELTRAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C DELGADO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 8
    NY METS 3 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: T NIXON (.500, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Rangers 8, Mets 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 15 3:49 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MILTON BRADLEY (15) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF SCOTT SCHOENEWEIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 8, NY METS 2
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: D MURPHY (.287, 1-FOR-3)

    Rangers 8, Mets 2  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 15 3:37 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY IAN KINSLER (10) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF JOE SMITH SCORED RAMON VAZQUEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 7, NY METS 2
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.291, 0-FOR-3)

    Rangers 7, Mets 2  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 15 3:23 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY RAMON VAZQUEZ SCORED DAVID MURPHY AND GERALD
    LAIRD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R VAZQUEZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 5
    NY METS 2 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: K MILLWOOD (.000, 0-FOR-1, SAC)

    Rangers 5, Mets 2  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 15 3:16 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS BELTRAN (8) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF KEVIN MILLWOOD.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3, NY METS 2
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: C DELGADO (.245, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Rangers 3, Mets 2  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 15 2:54 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RAMON VAZQUEZ (4) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF JOHN MAINE SCORED FRANK CATALANOTTO.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3, NY METS 1
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: K MILLWOOD (.000, 0-FOR-0, SAC)

    Rangers 3, Mets 1  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 15 2:30 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS DELGADO (9) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF KEVIN MILLWOOD.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 1, NY METS 1
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: T NIXON (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Rangers 1, Mets 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsJun 15 2:13 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED GERALD LAIRD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I KINSLER ON FIRST, R VAZQUEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 1
    NY METS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.293, 0-FOR-1)

    Rangers 1, Mets 0  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 15 1:50 PM