The New York Mets took the rubber game of the three game series against the San Diego Padres by a score of 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Carlos Torres picked up the win for the Mets tossing four innings in relief of an ill Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka and improving to 3-4 on the year. Torres allowed just one run on three hits, walked one batter and struck out four. Padres lefty ace Ian Kennedy took the loss dropping to 5-8 on the year, going 5 1/3 innings allowing three runs on seven hits, walking four batters while striking out seven. Mets closer Jenrry Mejia notched his seventh save of the year pitching two innings after missing Friday and Saturday due to a swollen back. Centerfielder Curtis Granderson, after sitting out the last two games due to tightness in his calf, was the star of the game going 2-3, including a home run and drawing two walks.
After a scoreless top of the first for the Padres, Granderson led off the bottom of the first by smashing Kennedy’s second pitch high into the Pepsi Porch, the overhang in right field to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Second baseman Daniel Murphy hit a ground ball down the line in left field for a double. Third baseman David Wright followed with a walk. Bobby Abreu then ripped a double past a diving Yonder Alonso at first base and into right field for a single, scoring Murphy to make it 2-0 New York. Left fielder Andrew Brown struck out swinging for the first out, first baseman Lucas Duda popped out to third in foul ground, and shortstop Wilmer Flores flied out to right to end the inning.
Veteran reliever Carlos Torres entered to relieve an ill Matsuzaka in the top of the second. It was announced that Dice-K had a severe upset stomach and had to leave the game. Left fielder Carlos Quentin singled to left to lead off the inning, and Yonder Alonso singled through the hole between first and second. Catcher Rene Rivera then hit a ground ball up the middle. Mets shortstop Flores dove and the ball hit his glove and trickled towards second base, allowing Quentin to score cutting the lead to 2-1. Second baseman Jace Peterson then struck out looking. Ian Kennedy followed by laying down a sacrifice bunt, moving both runners into scoring position at second and third. Will Venable grounded out weakly to first to retire the side.
Catcher Anthony Recker walked to start the bottom of the second. Carlos Torres laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Recker to second. Curtis Granderson followed with a walk. Daniel Murphy then flied out to right, allowing Recker to score to extend the Mets lead to 3-1. David Wright then struck out on a foul tip swinging to end the inning. Neither team would score for the next three innings.
Hard throwing right-hander Vic Black replaced Carlos Torres in the top of the sixth. Right fielder Seth Smith and third baseman Chase Headley both walked to start the inning. Carlos Quentin then popped out to second, Yonder Alonso popped out to third on an infield fly, and Rene Rivera struck out swinging on a foul tip to retire the side.
Leading off the bottom of the sixth, Wilmer Flores reached on an infield single to short. Anthony Recker flied out to left for the first out. Left fielder Eric Campbell, who replaced a struggling Andrew Brown in the top half of the inning, (Brown struck out three times in the game) singled up the middle. Curtis Granderson then lined to right for the second out, and Daniel Murphy followed with a walk. David Wright flied out to right to end the inning. Both teams were held scoreless for the next two innings and the Padres went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth to end the game.
The Mets travel to St. Louis to play the Cardinals tomorrow night, when rookie starter Jacob deGrom takes the mound for the Mets against young Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez, who comes out of the bullpen to make his first start of the year in place of ace Adam Wainwright.
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