April 24, 2012: Duda's Single Beats Marlins

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Date: April 24, 2012
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 2
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Jon Rauch
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Josh Thole, Lucas Duda
Key play: Thole’s walk, Duda’s single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Lucas Duda got a run-scoring single in the eighth inning to lift the Mets to a 2-1 win over Miami.

Johan Santana and the Marlins’ Josh Johnson each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. Santana yielded one hit, issued two walks and struck out eleven batters while Johnson limited the Mets to three hits and recorded nine strikeouts of his own. Giancarlo Stanton hit a single against Santana with two outs in the top of the seventh. Gaby Sanchez doubled to drive home Stanton for a 1-0 Miami lead. John Buck then grounded back to Mets’ reliever Ramon Ramirez to end the inning.

Duda drew a two-out walk against Johnson in the bottom of the seventh. Ike Davis and Mike Baxter drew walks against Fish relievers Randy Choate and Steve Cishek, respectively, to load the bases. Josh Thole walked against Miami’s Mike Dunn to force home Duda and tie the game at 1-1. Dunn fanned pinch-hitter Zach Lutz to close out the inning. Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch then pitched a perfect top of the eighth.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a single against Marlins’ reliever Edward Mujica to open the bottom of the eighth inning. Ruben Tejada popped out to first baseman Sanchez on a bunt attempt and Daniel Murphy singled to advance Nieuwenhuis to third base. David Wright was called out on strikes and Duda followed with an infield single that plated Nieuwenhuis, putting the Mets in front by a run. Miami’s Ryan Webb then retired Justin Turner on a ground ball to second baseman Omar Infante to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Frank Francisco retired Hanley Ramirez on a pop-up to second baseman Jordany Valdespin to start the top of the ninth. Logan Morrison drew a walk and Infante popped out to third baseman Wright. Francisco then got Stanton to fly out to right fielder Duda and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to begin the series.