April 14, 2014: Thirteen Hits Put Bite on Snakes

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Date: April 14, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 7
Diamondbacks: 3
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Carlos Torres
Key play: Duda’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Monday night in Phoenix. The teams played a three-hour and eight-minute game. The Mets collected thirteen hits in a 7-3 win over Arizona.

Snakes’ starter Josh Collmenter pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Paul Goldschmidt singled against the Mets’ Zack Wheeler with two outs in the bottom half. Miguel Montero hit a double to drive home Goldschmidt for a 1-0 D’Backs lead. Martin Prado grounded out to shortstop Ruben Tejada to end the inning and Lucas Duda singled to begin the top of the second. Juan Lagares followed with a double and Travis d'Arnaud lined out to third baseman Prado. Tejada grounded out to shortstop Chris Owings to score Duda and tie the game. Collmenter struck out Wheeler to finish off the inning. Zack then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Leading off the top of the third, Eric Young singled and advanced to second base on an error by Owings. Young moved to third on Daniel Murphy’s double and came home on David Wright’s ground out to Prado. Curtis Granderson went down on strikes and Duda singled to score Murphy for a 3-1 Mets lead. On his own hit, Lucas went to second via a throw. Lagares was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Gerardo Parra, who drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Aaron Hill singled and Goldschmidt walked to load the bases. Montero hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Parra with the Diamondbacks’ second run. On the play, third baseman Wright made a relay throw to Tejada for an out on Hill to complete a double play that ended the inning.

Collmenter hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Wheeler yielded just a single to Owings in the bottom half and Murphy singled against Arizona reliever Michael Bolsinger (in his major league debut) with one out in the top of the fifth. Wright drew a walk and Granderson singled to score Murphy. Duda hit a single to drive home Wright and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Lagares and d’Arnaud were retired on consecutive fly balls to Parra to close out the inning and Wheeler retired the Snakes 1-2-3 in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the sixth, Zack drew a walk and Young singled. Murphy hit a force play grounder back to Bolsinger, who followed up with a strikeout of Wright to end the inning. Wheeler then gave up only a single to Montero in the bottom half.

Duda got his fourth single of the game with one out in the top of the seventh. Lagares hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Hill and a single by d’Arnaud ensued. Bolsinger threw a called third strike past Tejada to close out the inning and Owings hit a one-out double against Wheeler in the bottom half. A. J. Pollock drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres retired pinch-hitter Tony Campana on a grounder to first baseman Ike Davis. Torres then got Parra to fly out to left fielder Duda and finish off the inning.

Anthony Recker drew a walk against Diamondbacks’ reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith to begin the top of the eighth. On a sacrifice bunt, Young reached second base (with Recker going to third) via an error by Rowland-Smith. Murphy hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Recker. Wright followed with a single that scored Young and extended the Mets’ lead to 7-2. Rowland-Smith fanned both Andrew Brown and Duda for the inning’s final outs and Goldschmidt singled with one out in the bottom half. Goldschmidt advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored the Snakes’ third run on a single by Montero. Prado hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Murphy. Torres then struck out Mark Trumbo to end the inning.

Rowland-Smith yielded only a single to Tejada (the Mets’ thirteenth hit) in the top of the ninth. Owings grounded out to Murphy to open the bottom half. Pollock singled and pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington was retired on a grounder to Murphy. Torres then got Parra to ground out to Davis and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.