April 14, 2015: Mets Survive Four Homers, Beat Phillies

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Date: April 14, 2015
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 6
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Duda's three-run double, Murphy's home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Despite four home runs hit against them, the Mets came away with a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

Mets' starter Matt Harvey struck out both Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis to begin the top of the first inning. Chase Utley followed with a home run for a 1-0 Phils lead. Harvey fanned Ryan Howard for the third out and Curtis Granderson got a leadoff single against the Phillies' David Buchanan in the bottom half. David Wright singled and Lucas Duda went down on strikes. Michael Cuddyer hit a single to drive home Granderson with the tying run. Buchanan then got Daniel Murphy to foul out to third baseman Cody Asche and retired Travis d'Arnaud on a grounder to second baseman Utley to end the inning.

Harvey recorded two strikeouts in a perfect top of the second. Juan Lagares singled to open the bottom half. Wilmer Flores was hit by a pitch and Harvey fouled out to catcher Carlos Ruiz on a bunt attempt. Granderson got an infield single to load the bases and Wright popped out to Utley. Duda followed with a double that plated Lagares, Flores and Granderson for a 4-1 Mets lead. Cuddyer was hit by a pitch and replaced on the bases by pinch-runner Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Buchanan then got Murphy to fly out to left fielder Ben Revere and finish off the inning.

Revere singled to begin the top of the third. Buchanan's sacrifice bunt moved Revere to second base and Herrera flied out to left fielder Nieuwenhuis. Galvis got hit by a pitch and Utley hit a single to score Revere, cutting the Mets' lead to 4-2. Harvey struck out Howard to end the inning. Buchanan then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Asche homered to reduce the New York lead to 4-3. Grady Sizemore went down on strikes and Revere grounded out to second baseman Murphy to finish off the inning. Buchanan hurled a perfect bottom half and doubled to open the top of the fifth. Herrera was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Lagares, after which Buchanan advanced to third base. Galvis fouled out to catcher d'Arnaud on an attemped bunt. Utley was hit by a pitch and stole second. Howard reached on d'Arnaud's interference to load the bases. Harvey then retired Ruiz on a pop-up to third baseman Wright to end the inning.

Duda doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Nieuwenhuis popped out to shortstop Galvis and a walk to Murphy ensued. D'Arnaud followed with a single that brought home Duda for a 5-3 Mets lead. Lagares grounded to Galvis for an inning-ending double play and Harvey retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases against Buchanan and Philadelphia reliever Jake Diekman in the bottom half.

Mets' reliever Buddy Carlyle hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Against the Phils' Dustin McGowan, Murphy led off the bottom of the inning with a home run for a 6-3 New York lead. D'Arnaud doubled and Lagares was struck out. Flores drew a walk and pinch-hitter John Mayberry hit a force play ground ball back to McGowan. Granderson lined out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur to end the inning and Utley homered against the Mets' Sean Gilmartin to begin the top of the eighth. Howard was retired on a ground ball back to Gilmartin. New York's Rafael Montero got Ruiz to ground out to Wright and a walk to Asche followed. Montero fanned Darin Ruf (pinch-hitting for McGowan) for the inning's third out. The Phillies' Justin DeFratus then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Mets' reliever Jeurys Familia got Revere on a ground ball to Murphy to start the top of the ninth, Francoeur connected for the Phillies' fourth homer to shorten the New York lead to one run. Familia followed up with consecutive strikeouts of Herrera and Galvis to bring the game to an end. The Mets had emerged with a victory, withstanding a solid display of slugging from the Phils.