The Texas Rangers smacked 3 home runs, and Matt Harrison silenced the Mets’ bats to give Texas the easy win.  The Mets now drop to 37-39 on the season.

The Rangers jumped on the Mets early in this one — Adrian Beltre crushed a 2-run home run off Mike Pelfrey in the bottom of the first (after a Josh Hamilton RBI single) to give Texas a 3-0 lead.  While the game was being played in Arlington (where no lead is safe), and the Rangers’ staff does lead the league in home runs allowed, it was clear that the Mets had an uphill climb against Texas starter Matt Harrison.  Featuring a fastball that consistantly hit the mid-90’s, he allowed just 1 run in his 7 innings of work.

There it goes...(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Mets were still in it when Pelfrey exited after 6 innings — it was only 4-1 at that point.  But Manny Acosta got shelled for 2 separate 2-run homers (Michael Young in the 7th and Josh Hamilton in the 8th) to put the game out of reach.

3 Up:

Jason Bay: Much maligned this year, but actually seems to be getting his swing back.  He was the only Met to get multiple hits tonight — a 3-4 night at the plate.

Ruben Tejada: Drove in the only Mets run of the night, in the 5th inning.

Ronny Paulino: Got a hit and scored a run.  Did you know he has the second-highest batting average on the team?

3 Down:

Jose Reyes: 0-3 at the plate with an error.  With the year he’s had, we can definitely give him a pass.

Manny Acosta: 5 outs recorded, 7 baserunners, 4 runs.  His ERA now sits at 11.05.  I don’t think we’ll be seeing him in close games any time soon.

-What Could’ve Been: Nolan Ryan.  Started out as a Met.  Went on to throw 7 no-hitters, none of them in a Met uniform.  Who’d they trade him for, again?

On Deck: Middle game tomorrow, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:10 PM.

NYM Niese (6-6, 3.70 ERA) vs. TEX Ogando (7-2, 2.66 ERA)