July 31, 2015: Flores Slugs Winning Homer in 12th

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Date: July 31, 2015
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 2
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Carlos Torres, Wilmer Flores
Key play: Flores's home run

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Wilmer Flores hit a home run in the 12th inning for a 2-1 Mets win over Washington.

Matt Harvey retired the side in order in each of the first three innings. The Nats' Gio Gonzalez answered with a trio of scoreless bottom halves and Harvey set down all three batters once again in the top of the fourth. Juan Uribe drew a walk with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Travis d'Arnaud walked and Flores hit a single to score Uribe for a 1-0 Mets lead. Juan Lagares drew a walk that loaded the bases and Gonzalez threw a called third strike past Eric Campbell to end the inning.

Harvey hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Ruben Tejada got a two-out single against Gonzalez in the bottom half. Daniel Murphy doubled and Washington reliever Tanner Roark retired Uribe on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Anthony Rendon. With one out in the top of the sixth, Jose Lobaton singled to become the Nationals' first baserunner of the game. Roark was struck out and Rendon singled to advance Lobaton to third base. Harvey got Yunel Escobar to hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Uribe and finish off the inning. Roark then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Harvey yielded only a double to Jayson Werth in the top of the seventh. Roark pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Harvey got Michael Taylor on a called third strike to begin the top of the eighth. Lobaton was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Campbell. Pinch-hitter Clint Robinson got hit by a pitch and Rendon followed with an infield single. Escobar singled to drive home pinch-runner Danny Espinosa and tie the game at 1-1. Mets' reliever Tyler Clippard threw a called third strike past Werth to end the inning. The Nats' Aaron Barrett then gave up just a single to Tejada in the bottom half.

Clippard and the Mets' Jeurys Familia teamed up to pitch a scoreless top of the ninth. Barrett retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Familia hurled a perfect top of the 10th. Washington reliever Felipe Rivero set down all three hitters in the bottom half and New York's Hansel Robles recorded two strikeouts in a perfect top of the 11th. Rivero then retired the side 1-2-3 again in the bottom of the inning.

Mets' reliever Carlos Torres fanned all three Nationals batters in the top of the 12th. Leading off the bottom half, Flores connected for a home run against Rivero that brought the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting victory in extra innings.