Stewart lifts Mets to 6-5, 10-inning win that drops Rangers into 3rd in AL West

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New York Mets’ DJ Stewart reacts after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, driving in the winning run against the Texas Rangers during the 10th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023, in New York. The Mets won 6-5. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK (AP) — DJ Stewart homered twice, then forced in the winning run when he was hit by an Aroldis Chapman pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning as the New York Mets beat Texas 6-5 on Wednesday night and dropped the Rangers into third place in the tight AL West.

Stewart also made a running backhand catch while crashing into the fence in the ninth inning, robbing Marcus Semien of an extra-base hit.

Texas (75-58) lost for the 10th time in 13 games and fell from a first-place tie with Seattle (76-57), also dropping behind Houston (77-58). The Rangers finished 3-6 on their road trip and are 10-17 on the road since July 1.

Texas overcame a 3-0 deficit to take a 5-3 lead on Jonah Heim’s two-run single off Adam Ottavino in a three-run eighth, but Stewart hit a two-run homer against Jose Leclerc in the bottom half.

The Rangers loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against Jeff Brigham (1-2) before Heim lined out and Travis Jankowski grounded to Pete Alonso, who started a 3-2-4 double play that ended with second baseman Jeff McNeil covering first.

With McNeil at second as the automatic runner in the bottom half, Chapman (5-3) walked Alonso and Francisco Álvarez, then hit with his next pitch.

Daniel Vogelbach and Stewart hit back-to-back homers in the second, when Brandon Nimmo had an RBI double for the last-place Mets.

Corey Seager homered in the fourth for the Rangers and Adolis García raised his RBIs total to 97 when he walked with the bases loaded in the sixth against Sean Reid-Foley and was hit by an Ottavino pitch the bases loaded in the eighth.

A quintet of Mets relievers threw 128 pitches and reached 13 full counts after Denyi Reyes allowed two runs over a career-high 5.1 innings.

Dane Dunning yielded three runs in four innings, the third straight start in which he’s lasted five innings or fewer.

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