Rookie Chris Flexen got his first big league win and hit, and the New York Mets took an early four-run lead against emergency starter A.J. Griffin in a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night that stopped a four-game losing streak.
Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud homered for the Mets, who led 4-0 after two innings. Cespedes went deep at Citi Field for just the third time this season, his first since June 17. D'Arnaud hit his first at home this year after nine on the road.
Joey Gallo, Adrian Beltre and Robinson Chirinos homered for Texas.
Flexen (1-1) allowed three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings in his third big league start. The 23-year-old right-hander lost at San Diego in his big league debut on July 27 and did not get a decision at Colorado last week.
A.J. Ramos gave up Chirinos' two-out homer in the ninth, then retired Drew Robinson on a groundout for his 21st save this year, his first since the Mets acquired him from the Miami Marlins.