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The Mets’ elixir for slumps is, apparently, playing the Texas Rangers.

Eduardo Escobar (0-for-9), Mark Canha (0-for-14), and Francisco Lindor (0-for-11) all broke out of their offensive slides in the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Rangers on Friday night at Citi Field.

Lindor led off the fourth with a single to right field off Texas starter Glenn Otto.

Then Canha drove Lindor in with an RBI single to left. Finally, Escobar crushed a three-run home run in the fourth, his seventh of the year, and brought 35,639 fans to their feet at Citi Field.

Of that trio, no one needed to break out of his skid more than Escobar. Buck Showalter gave the slumping third baseman two consecutive days off in an attempt, that perhaps worked, to turn his offensive blues around. Escobar entered Friday hitting .199 against right-handers and .178 with runners in scoring position.

The Mets (48-29) snapped a three-game losing streak following their win over the Rangers. The Mets are 21-7 following a loss this season. The last time they lost three or more consecutive games was a five-game losing streak at the end of September last year.

David Peterson learned at the last minute that he would be starting on Friday, but the late notice didn’t seem to impact his performance. Chris Bassitt, Friday’s scheduled starter, went on the COVID IL. Peterson was the obvious replacement because he last pitched five days ago in Miami and also because, well, he’s been excellent in an otherwise inconsistent starting rotation.

The left-hander picked up where he left off, recording at least eight strikeouts in consecutive starts for the first time in his career. Peterson added another high-water mark before his night was over; he matched a career-high 10 strikeouts against the Rangers in his 10th start (11th outing) of the season. His only real blemishes came on home-run balls to Marcus Semien and Nathan Lowe in the third and fifth inning, respectively. Otherwise, he was sharp across his 90-pitch, six-inning outing.

Peterson has recorded 18 strikeouts and permitted no walks over his last two starts (13 innings). All the while, the southpaw has been awaiting the arrival of his first born child. Before the game, Showalter said it was likely that Peterson would go on paternity leave the moment his outing was over.


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Motown legend Lamont Dozier behind hits including Baby Love and Two Hearts dies aged 81

Lamont Dozier is pictured in the 1970's at the age of 60. 

Motown legend Lamont Dozier has died, aged 81.

The songwriting genius, behind classics such as 'Baby Love' and 'Two Hearts', has passed away, his son Lamont Dozier Jr confirmed on Instagram.

He wrote alongside a picture of the pair: 'Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!!!'

A cause of death is not known at this time.

Producer Brandon Williams led tributes to Lamont, writing: 'Another man that sat down and taught me a lot about music is gone.

'The great Lamont Dozier. I'll never forget meeting and working with him along with the Holland Brothers in 2006. Thank you for all you did for me and for the world at large. You definitely made this place better.'

Lamont was one third of the iconic songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are known for co-writing huge hits for Motown acts such as The Four Tops, The Supremes and The Isley Brothers.

The trio was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. 

Their songwriting credits also include 'Reach Out I'll Be There', 'Where Did Our Love Go' and 'Baby I Need Your Love'.

Dozier's son, Lamont Dozier Jr, posted  a picture of the pair on Instagram and wrote: 'Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!!!'

Lamont Dozier at Air Studio in Montserrat Various

Born in Detroit, Michigan, aka Music City, Lamont's first foray into music was singing in the gospel choir at this local Baptist church.

He would go on to sign to Berry Gordy's legendary Motown record label in 1962.

Lamont and siblings Eddie and Brian Holland would get their first string of hits with The Vandellas' 'Come and Get These Memories' and 'Heatwave' in 1963.

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A year later, they hit the big time with The Supremes' mega-hit 'Where Did Our Love Go', their first No.1, and certainly not their last, as they went on to score a further nine chart-toppers.

In 1973, Lamont parted ways with his songwriting partners and released his own music.

The following decade, he and Phil Collins joined forces on a new rendition of 'Two Hearts' for the soundtrack to the 1988 film 'Buster'.

Lamont Dozier, Boy George and producer Stewart Levine at Air Studios in the Carribbean island of Montserrat Various

It topped the charts and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1989.

In 1990, Holland-Dozier-Holland were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Lamont's composer credits include tracks for the likes of Kanye West, Sir Rod Stewart, Lil Wayne, and Solange, to name a few.

'Your dad lives on forever in the beautiful music he shared with the world', said an Instagram user commenting on Lamont Dozier Jr's post.

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