The New York Mets snapped their five game losing streak Sunday afternoon, winning the last of three game series by the final score of 5-4 in 11 innings against divisional rival Philadelphia Phillies.
Down 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth at Citi Field, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy lined a shot to right for a two-run homer bringing the Mets within a run. Then, centerfielder Juan Lagares tied it with a slow groundout to short, which was just enough to bring in Chris Young. Shortstop Ruben Tejada hit a single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eleventh to win it for the Mets.
Phillies centerfielder Tony Gwyn Jr. started the game by popping out to shortstop. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins then lined a double to left. Second baseman Chase Utley then grounded out to second but advanced Rollins over to third on the play. Ryan Howard followed with a fly out to center to retire the side.
Left fielder Eric Young Jr. singled to right center to start the bottom half of the first, and immediately stole second base. The speedy outfielder advanced to third on an errant throw by the catcher Wil Nieves. Daniel Murphy then walked and third baseman David Wright singled to left center, scoring Young Jr., giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead and moving Murphy over to third. Right fielder Chris Young struck out swinging for the first out, first baseman Eric Campbell grounded back to Phillies starter Cole Hamels for the second, but Wright advanced to second. Centerfielder Juan Lagares struck out swinging to end the inning.
Ryan Howard reached on an infield single leading off the top of the fourth. Byrd then doubled to deep center, moving the slow-footed Howard over to third. Dominic Brown reached first on a fielder’s choice as Howard scored to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead and Byrd advanced to third base. Nieves then grounded to short, scoring Byrd and extending the Phillies lead to 3-1. Asche walked and Hamels laid down a sacrifice bunt moving the runners into scoring position. Tony Gwyn Jr. then flied to center, ending the Phillies threat.
Eric Campbell singled to center and Juan Lagares singled to left to start the bottom of the fourth. Catcher Anthony Recker followed with a fly out to left, but Ruben Tejada walked to load the bases. Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese struck out looking, bringing the Mets pitchers’ hitless streak to 63 at bats. Eric Young Jr. then tried to catch the Phillies off guard by laying down a bunt. But Young Jr. was thrown out at first to end the inning. Both teams went 1-2-3 in the fifth and the Phillies failed to score in the top of the sixth.
Campbell started the bottom of the sixth with a walk. Both Lagares and Recker struck out swinging, but Tejada doubled off the left field wall moving Campbell to third. Curtis Granderson was then called to pinch hit for Jon Niese, and Granderson struck out swinging to end the inning. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Niese, while Hamels and Mario Hollands combined to shutout the Mets in the bottom of the seventh and eighth.
Veteran Mets reliever Jose Valverde entered in the top of the ninth to replace Dice-K, and retired pinch-hitter Ben Revere on a ground out and Tony Gwyn Jr. on a pop-up. Jimmy Rollins followed with a walk, and scored on a triple by Chase Utley, increasing the Phillies lead to 4-1. Ryan Howard was intentionally walked and Marlon Byrd struck out swinging to retire the side.
Reliever Anthony Bastardo came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth, and John Mayberry Jr. entered at first base as part of a double switch. Eric Young Jr. doubled to left to start the bottom half of the inning and Daniel Murphy lined a two run shot over the right field wall bringing the Mets to within a run at 4-3.
David Wright struck out swinging, but Chris Young followed with a double to left. Friday’s starter Roberto Hernandez entered to try and shut the door on the Mets and complete the sweep. Outfielder Bobby Abreu was called to pinch-hit for Eric Campbell. Abreu then singled to right and moved Young over to third on the play. Juan Lagares hit a slow roller to short, and was thrown out at first for the second out, but not before Young scored to tie the game at 4-4. Anthony Recker struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Phillies were retired in order in the top of the 10th by Jeurys Famila who came in as part of a double switch with first baseman Lucas Duda and the Mets failed to score in the bottom half of the inning.
Familia retired John Mayberry Jr. on a ground ball to third, and Tony Gwyn Jr. on a grounder to second for the first two outs of the inning. Jimmy Rollins walked, and Familia was pulled as lefty specialist Scott Rice entered the game. Rice hit Chase Utley with a pitch, but Reid Brignac, who replaced Cody Asche in the top of the 10th, grounded out to first to retire the side.
Chris Young reached on an infield single to second base off Jeff Manship in his second inning of relief starting the bottom half of the 11th. Pitcher Zack Wheeler was called to pinch-hit for Scott Rice and laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Young to second. Juan Lagares was intentionally walked, and Anthony Recker reached on an infield single to third, loading the bases. Ruben Tejada then hit a walk off single to left center that scored Young, giving the Mets a 5-4 victory. Scott Rice picked up the win for the Mets improving to 1-1, while Manship dropped to 1-1.
The Mets return to action tomorrow night when they take on their crosstown rivals the New York Yankees for the 17th annual Subway Series. Bartolo Colon takes the hill for the Mets against Hiroki Kiroda for the Yankees.
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