April 13, 2012: Three Runs in 1st Lead Mets Past Phillies

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Date: April 13, 2012
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 5
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: R. A. Dickey
Key player(s): Daniel Murphy, Jason Bay, Scott Hairston
Key play: Murphy’s double, Bay’s home run, Hairston’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a weekend series. The Mets scored three runs in the first inning and came away with a 5-2 win.

Ruben Tejada led off the top of the first with a double to left field. An ensuing double by Daniel Murphy scored Tejada with the first run of the game. Phils’ starter Cliff Lee struck out Justin Turner and retired Ike Davis on a ground ball to second baseman Freddy Galvis. Jason Bay followed with a two-run homer for a 3-0 Mets lead. Lee got Lucas Duda to ground out to Galvis and end the inning. Mets’ starter R. A. Dickey then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

After a scoreless second inning, Lee set down the Mets in order in the top of the third. Leading off the bottom half, Galvis homered for the first Philadelphia run of the game. Lee followed with a single and strikeouts of Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco ensued. A passed ball by catcher Josh Thole advanced Lee to second base. Dickey fanned Jimmie Rollins for the third out of the inning and Lee retired all three Mets hitters in the top of the fourth. Dickey then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

Scott Hairston began the top of the fifth with a home run that increased the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Lee set down the next three batters and singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. A single by Victorino advanced Lee to third base. Polanco fouled out to right fielder Duda to end the inning. Lee hurled a perfect top of the sixth and Rollins singled to lead off the bottom half. Hunter Pence went down on strikes and a single by Jim Thome moved Rollins to third. Dickey then struck out John Mayberry, Jr. and got Carlos Ruiz on an inning-ending line drive to second baseman Murphy.

Lee retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning. Galvis hit a leadoff single in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Laynce Nix followed with a ground ball to shortstop Tejada for a double play. Victorino grounded out to third baseman Turner to finish off the inning. Phillies’ reliever Kyle Kendrick shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. For New York, reliever Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Murphy drew a walk to open the top of the ninth inning. Turner reached on an error by shortstop Rollins and a walk to Davis loaded the bases. Kendrick got Bay to hit a grounder on which third baseman Polanco threw to catcher Ruiz for an out at home on Murphy. Duda hit a sacrifice fly against Philadelphia reliever Joe Savery to drive home Turner with the Mets’ fifth run. Ronny Cedeno drew a walk that reloaded the bases. Savery then retired Thole on a line drive to left fielder Mayberry for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Frank Francisco fanned Mayberry to start the bottom of the ninth. Ruiz hit a double and Galvis went down on strikes. Pinch-hitter Juan Pierre reached on an error by Murphy that allowed Ruiz to score the Phils’ second run. Francisco then struck out Victorino to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the series.