July 25, 2015: Mets Rout Dodgers With 21 Hits

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Date: July 25, 2015
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 15
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Daniel Murphy, Michael Conforto, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles in 1st, home runs

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday night at Citi Field. The teams played the third of four games in a series. The Mets collected twenty-one hits in a 15-2 win over Los Angeles.

Mets’ starter Matt Harvey pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Curtis Granderson drew a walk against the Dodgers’ Zach Lee to begin the bottom half. Ruben Tejada hit a single and Daniel Murphy singled to score Granderson. A single by Kelly Johnson loaded the bases and Lucas Duda lined out to shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Michael Conforto got an infield single to drive home Tejada. Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a single that plated both Murphy and Johnson for a 4-0 Mets lead. Lee then got Kevin Plawecki to hit a ground ball to second baseman Howie Kendrick for an inning-ending double play.

Harvey set down the side in order in the top of the second. Granderson doubled with one out in the bottom half. Tejada followed with a single on which Granderson was out at home via a throw from center fielder Joc Pederson to catcher Yasmani Grandal. Murphy popped out to third baseman Justin Turner to end the inning and Harvey hurled a perfect top of the third. Conforto hit a two-out double in the bottom half. Nieuwenhuis singled to score Conforto and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Lee then threw a called third strike past Plawecki to finish off the inning.

After a scoreless fourth, Rollins hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the fifth. Harvey retired Lee on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Johnson, who slugged a solo homer with one out in the bottom half. Duda grounded out to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and a double by Conforto ensued. Lee was replaced on the mound by Los Angeles reliever Chin-hui Tsao, against whom Nieuwenhuis doubled to drive home Conforto. Plawecki was walked intentionally and Harvey hit a double to score Nieuwenhuis for an 8-1 Mets lead. Tsao then got Granderson on a line drive to Pederson for the inning’s third out.

Pederson homered to lead off the top of the sixth. Harvey set down the next three batters to close out the inning and Tejada got a leadoff single against Tsao in the bottom half. Murphy hammered a two-run homer and Johnson grounded out to Rollins. Duda followed with a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 11-2. Conforto and Nieuwenhuis got back-to-back singles and Dodgers’ reliever Josh Ravin threw a called third strike past Plawecki. Harvey singled to drive home Conforto and send Nieuwenhuis to third base. On a wild pitch third strike to Granderson, Nieuwenhuis came home and lengthened he New York lead to 13-2. Ravin then retired Tejada on a line drive to right fielder Andre Ethier to finish off the inning.

Harvey shut down the Dodgers in the top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom half, Duda hit his second solo home run of the game. Ravin issued walks to Conforto and Nieuwenhuis before hitting Plawecki with a pitch to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell walked to force home Conforto with the Mets’ fifteenth run. Los Angeles reliever Joel Peralta then retired pinch-hitter Juan Lagares on a grounder to Kendrick for the final out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia struck out the side in a scoreless top of the eighth. The Dodgers’ J. P. Howell gave up only a single to Juan Uribe (the Mets’ twenty-first hit) in the bottom half. Against New York’s Jeurys Familia, Ethier lined out to center fielder Lagares to open the top of the ninth. Grandal grounded out to third baseman Uribe. Familia then struck out Carl Crawford to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory.