The New York Mets completed a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday afternoon, winning 5-2 in the finale of the three game series.
Mets veteran righty Dillon Gee pitched a gem throwing seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits, no walks while striking out three batters. Gee was perfect through the first 4 2/3 innings. The Mets victory put them over the .500 mark for the first time all season with eight wins and seven losses.
Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr., walked to start the game, his seventh straight game of getting on base to start the game. Young then stole second base, his ninth steal of the year. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then struck out for out number one. Third baseman David Wright flied out to left, but Young was able to advance to third on the play. First baseman Ike Davis then grounded out to second, ending the inning.
In the top of the second, D-backs pitcher Brandon McCarthy got right fielder Andrew Brown to ground out to shortstop, and centerfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to strike out. Catcher Anthony Recker then hit a monster solo home run to left field giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. McCarthy then struck out shortstop Ruben Tejada limiting the damage to just the one run.
The Mets and Diamondbacks failed to score for the next one and a half innings. In the top of the fourth, Ike Davis started the inning with a single to right. Andrew Brown then doubled to deep right, moving Davis over to third with no outs. Kirk Nieuwenhuis then hit a sacrifice fly scoring Davis making it 2-0 and Brown advanced to third. Anthony Recker struck out; Ruben Tejada was then intentionally walked to get to pitcher Dillon Gee. Gee then lined a shot to left field, unfortunately right at the left fielder Mark Trumbo for the final out of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth Gee induced fly balls by Arizona catcher Miguel Montero and Mark Trumbo for the first two outs of the inning. Gee then allowed a double down the line to third baseman Martín Prado, ruining Gee’s bid for a perfect game. Shortstop Cliff Pennington then flied out to left, to end the fifth.
Andrew Brown singled to center to start the top of the sixth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis then lined to right for the first out. Anthony Recker then crushed a ball off the wall for a double, moving Brown to third. Ruben Tejada was intentionally walked to load the bases. The D-backs then brought the infield in to guard against a sacrifice bunt from Dillon Gee. Gee hit a fast groundball over to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt booted the ball, but second baseman Aaron Hill grabbed the ball and tossed it back to Goldschmidt to complete the play. But Brown scored, furthering the Mets lead to 3-0. That would be all for Brandon McCarthy. The righty veteran was pulled for reliever Joe Thatcher who struck out Eric Young to limit the damage.
Neither team scored in the next two innings. In the top of the ninth Young hit ball back to the pitcher, Addison Reed, who threw the ball into the outfield, as Young advanced to third on the error. Daniel Murphy then singled to bring in Young making it 4-0 Mets. Murphy then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by D-backs catcher Miguel Montero. David Wright singled, scoring Murphy, extending the Mets lead to 5-0. Ike Davis flied out to left, Andrew Brown grounded out to second base while Wright advanced to second, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis lined out to center to end the inning.
Reliever Jose Valverde came in to finish the game and complete the sweep for New York. The closer immediately allowed back-to-back home runs to Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt bringing the Diamondbacks to within three runs. Valverde then induced a ground ball out by Miguel Montero and struck out Mark Trumbo for the second out. Martín Prado then singled to left, giving Arizona one last chance. But Cliff Pennington lined out to end the game.
After completing a 6-3 road trip the Mets are off on Thursday and travel home to face arch rival Atlanta Braves on Friday night. Jonathon Niese takes the mound against Aaron Harrang for the Braves.
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