April 23, 2011: Murphy's Singles Beat Diamondbacks

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Date: April 23, 2011
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 6
Diamondbacks: 4
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Jason Bay, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Bay’s single and homer, Davis’s home run, Murphy’s singles

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Daniel Murphy hit a pair of run-scoring singles to lift the Mets to a 6-4 win over Arizona.

Justin Upton singled against Mets’ starter Dillon Gee with two outs in the top of the first inning. Stephen Drew tripled to drive home Upton with the game’s first run and Miguel Montero lined out to first baseman Ike Davis to end the inning. Jose Reyes drew a leadoff walk against the Diamondbacks’ Barry Enright in the bottom half. Murphy went down on strikes and David Wright hit a single to advance Reyes to third base. Carlos Beltran was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Ryan Roberts. Wright stole second and came around to score with Reyes on a single by Jason Bay for a 2-1 Mets lead. Davis singled and Enright got Josh Thole on a pop-up to Roberts for the inning’s third out.

After a scoreless second, Gee set down the D’Backs on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the third. Bay and Davis connected for back-to-back solo home runs with two outs in the bottom half. Jason Pridie was retired on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Drew, who drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Montero reached on second baseman Murphy’s error and Roberts singled to score Drew. Juan Miranda popped out to third baseman Wright and a single by Gerardo Parra brought home Montero, cutting the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Gee retired Enright on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Pridie and singled to open the bottom half. Reyes got a bunt single and Murphy popped out to Drew. Enright then got Wright to hit a ground ball to Roberts for a double play that closed out the inning.

Gee hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Enright gave up only a single to Beltran in the bottom half and Montero hit a game-tying homer with one out in the top of the sixth. Roberts grounded out to Gee and a line drive by Miranda was caught by right fielder Beltran to end the inning. Pinch-hitter Justin Turner doubled against Enright with one out in the bottom half. Reyes flied out to left fielder Parra and a single by Murphy plated Turner, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead. Wright singled against Arizona reliever Sam Demel, who followed up by retiring Beltran on a grounder to second baseman Kelly Johnson to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Pedro Beato set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. For the Snakes, relievers Esmerling Vasquez and Joe Paterson combined for a perfect bottom half. New York’s Jason Isringhausen yielded just a single to Upton in the top of the eighth. Reyes got a two-out single against the Diamondbacks’ David Hernandez in the bottom of the inning. Jose went to second base on a balk and scored the Mets’ sixth run on Murphy’s second single. Hernandez then threw a called third strike past Wright to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez struck out Roberts to start the top of the ninth. Miranda singled and moved to third base on a single by Parra. With pinch-hitter Xavier Nady at bat, Parra stole second. Rodriguez then fanned both Nady and Chris Young to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.