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NEW YORK (AP) — Kole Calhoun homered twice and drove in four runs, Martín Pérez won his seventh straight decision and the Texas Rangers beat the New York Mets 7-3 on Saturday.

Calhoun hit a three-run shot off spot starter Trevor Williams in the second inning and third-year catcher Jonah Heim followed with his career-high 11th home run to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead.

Both drives reached the front of the second deck in right field, giving Texas its fifth set of back-to-back homers this season.

Starling Marte launched an early two-run homer and Eduardo Escobar also went deep against Pérez (7-2), who had given up only two long balls in 15 starts covering 93 1/3 innings coming in.

But the 31-year-old lefty yielded nothing else, permitting seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He is 7-0 in his last 11 starts, making a strong bid for his first All-Star selection this month.

After losing his first two starts this season, Pérez is unbeaten in his last 14 — a career best. His seven-game winning streak matches a career high set in 2017. Texas has won 11 of his past 12 outings.

Dennis Santana got four outs for the Rangers, and Joe Barlow finished up.

Calhoun, who struck out all four times up in Friday night’s loss, sent an opposite-field solo shot to left in the fourth for his ninth career multi-homer game and second this season. He batted just .181 in his previous 24 games.

Corey Seager added an RBI single for Texas in the eighth, and Leody Taveras homered off Tommy Hunter in the ninth.

Williams (1-5) went 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs and five hits in his seventh start of the year. He filled in a day after Chris Bassitt was scratched and placed on the injured list, with Mets manager Buck Showalter hinting the right-hander was dealing with COVID-19.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Spencer Howard was added to the taxi squad and threw a bullpen at Citi Field. He’s a likely candidate to start Tuesday at Baltimore.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom is scheduled to throw about 25 pitches and two innings Sunday night in his first minor league rehab start for Class A St. Lucie. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined all season because of a stress reaction in his right scapula that caused inflammation. He missed the second half of last season with a sprained elbow and hasn’t pitched in the majors since July 7, 2021. … 2B/LF Jeff McNeil was out of the starting lineup to rest his right leg and flied out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. McNeil returned Tuesday after missing five games with hamstring tightness. “Just managing the leg, making sure we take some precautions,” Showalter said. “He doesn’t have any pain, any restrictions. Just kind of, you can tell he’s a little tentative about it.” … RHP Trevor May (right triceps inflammation) threw off a mound and could make a minor league rehab appearance next week.

BABY WATCH

Mets LHP David Peterson traveled to Denver to join wife Alex, who is expecting the couple’s first child. Peterson moved up a day and pitched six innings Friday night in Bassitt’s place, striking out 10 in a 4-3 win. He won’t be replaced on the active roster until the team formally puts Peterson on the paternity list, but it’s uncertain who will start Wednesday in Cincinnati when his next turn in the rotation comes up.

UP NEXT

Texas RHP Jon Gray (4-3, 3.89 ERA) tries to win his career-best fourth straight start Sunday when he faces RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-4, 4.85) in the series finale. Gray is 1-2 with an 8.87 ERA in five career games against the Mets. Carrasco is coming off a pair of rough outings in consecutive losses to Houston.

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San Francisco Giants | Recently released SF Giants minor leaguer comes out as gay on Instagram

Minor league pitcher Solomon Bates came out Tuesday as gay in an Instagram post shortly after being released by the Giants.

The former eighth-round pick out of USC who most recently was at Double-A Richmond said in his post that he was “still in shock” about being released from the organization, but that he wouldn’t let it keep him from pressing on toward his MLB dream.

“Being gay in this sport you don’t know what comes at you!” he wrote. “I thank the [G]iants for giving me the opportunity to be myself and go out there and play the game that I love the most.”

Bates was in the midst of his fifth professional season after being drafted by the Giants in 2018. He highlighted his career and season stats in his Instagram post, showing that he was enjoying career-best figures in earned-run average (3.74 vs. 4.30 career) and WHIP (1.131 vs. 1.349) before being released.

Bates has made 23 appearances at Double-A and two at the rookie-ball level this season, almost exclusively as a reliever.

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According to Outsports, a site focused on the intersection between sports and the LGBTQ+ community, Bates is the second active minor league player to come out publicly after former Brewers prospect David Denson said in 2015 that he was gay.

Former Giants minor leaguer Kieran Lovegrove came out as bisexual as he was preparing to retire at the end of last season. No active major leaguer has come out as gay, though ex-A’s outfielder Glenn Burke was outed during his pro career and has said that prejudice drove him out of the game.

Bates vowed in his post to continue striving to reach the majors, advocating for the gay community along the way: “I’m still going to open up doors for gay athletes like me. Still will strive to be one of the greatest to do it. I ended on a high note from getting hurt to going out there and pitching my ass off. Baseball I’m not done with you. I’m leaving on my terms and my terms only.”

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