The New York Mets avoided being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks by taking the second game of a double header at Citi Field Sunday afternoon, winning by a score of 4-2. Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was the star of the game, tossing 6 innings, allowing only 2 runs on 3 hits, walking just 1 batter and striking out 6 batters. Matsuzaka also had an RBI single in the bottom of the second. Outside of the first inning, Arizona’s bats were quiet for the entire second game. Despite the Mets four runs, the offense sputtered leaving 13 runners on base.
Arizona was retired in order in the top of the first and the Mets did not score in the bottom half of the inning. In the top of the second, second baseman Aaron Hill singled up the middle to lead off the inning. Third baseman Martín Prado then hit a fair ball down the first base line. The ball caromed off the sidewall in foul ground in right and back into fair territory. Hill scored making it 1-0 Arizona and Prado landed at third with a triple. Left fielder Cody Ross then grounded out to shortstop for the first out, but Prado scored giving the D-Backs a 2-0 lead. Shortstop Chris Owings then grounded out to first and catcher Tuffy Gosewich struck out swinging to retire the side.
In the bottom of the second right fielder led off Bobby Abreu ground out to second. First baseman Eric Campbell then reached on an infield single to second. Wilmer Flores hit a ground ball to third. Prado threw to second to force out Campbell for the second out. Catcher Anthony Recker then blooped a single to left. Daisuke Matsuzaka followed with a broken bat bloop single over Aaron Hill’s outstretched arm. Flores scored cutting the Arizona lead to 2-1. Centerfielder Juan Lagares then grounded a ball to second and Matsuzaka was forced out to end the inning. The D-Backs failed to score in the top of the third.
Leading off the bottom of the third, second baseman Daniel Murphy walked. Third baseman David Wright then struck out swinging and left fielder Curtis Granderson flied out to center. Bobby Abreu followed with a single up the middle allowing Murphy to advance to third. Eric Campbell then hit a grounder to short and Abreu was forced out at second to end the inning. Arizona went 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth while the Mets failed to bring in a run in the bottom half of the fourth. Arizona did not score in the top of the fifth.
After David Wright flied out to right to start the bottom of the fifth, Curtis Granderson followed with a walk. Abreu then hit a ball that sliced into the corner in left field for a double, scoring Granderson to tie the game 2-2. Campbell grounded out to second, but Abreu advanced to third on the play. Shortstop Wilmer Flores grounded out to Chris Owings to end the inning. Arizona failed to score in the top of the sixth.
Anthony Recker cracked a double to left leading off the bottom of the sixth. Infielder Ruben Tejada pinch-hit for Daisuke Matsuzaka and singled in the gap in left center, scoring Recker allowing the Mets to take the lead 3-2. Juan Lagares hit a pop up into foul ground for the first out. Daniel Murphy then singled up the middle. That would be it for Arizona’s rookie pitcher Zeke Spruill. Veteran Trevor Cahill relieved Spruill and Ender Inciarte replaced Cody Ross in left field as part of a double switch. David Wright then blooped a single to left. Tejada raced towards home but was thrown out at the plate. Curtis Granderson walked to load the bases for Bobby Abreu who grounded out to short to end the inning.
Chris Young entered the game in left field and Granderson shifted over to right to replace Abreu. After Chris Owings lined out to right to lead off the top of the seventh, Tuffy Gosewich doubled to left but Inciarte popped up into foul territory and David Wright made a sliding catch for the second out. Centerfielder A.J. Pollack then flied out to right retiring the side. The Mets failed to score in the bottom half of the inning and Arizona was retired 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth.
In the bottom of the eighth Chris Young led off with a walk. Juan Lagares then laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher allowing Young to move over to second. Daniel Murphy then lined a single up the middle. Young scored to tack on an insurance run giving the Mets a 4-2 lead. David Wright walked. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson then pulled Cahill for lefty reliever Joe Thatcher.
Curtis Granderson struck out swinging and infielder Lucas Duda, pinch-hitting for Jeurys Familia who pitched a scoreless eighth, flied out to left ending the inning. Jenrry Mejia pitched a scoreless ninth as he picked up his third save of the season.
Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up the win in his first start of the season improving to 2-0 while Zeke Spruill took his first loss on the year. The Mets return to action tomorrow afternoon for a Memorial Day matinee against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rookie starter Jacob deGrom pitches for the Mets against fellow rookie Brandon Cumpton for the Pirates.
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