April 24, 2013: Valdespin Slams Dodgers in 10th

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Date: April 24, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 7
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): David Wright, Jordany Valdespin
Key play: Wright’s single, Valdespin’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played a three-hour and thirty-seven-minute game that went into extra innings. In the 10th, Jordany Valdespin hit a grand slam to give the Mets a 7-3 win over Los Angeles.

Mark Ellis singled against Mets’ starter Matt Harvey with one out in the top of the first inning. Ellis moved to third base on a single by Adrian Gonzalez and came home on Matt Kemp’s force play ground ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada. Harvey threw a called third strike past Andre Ethier for the third out and the Dodgers’ Ted Lilly pitched a perfect bottom half. Harvey set down the side in order in the top of the second and Ike Davis got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Marlon Byrd went down on strikes and Lucas Duda hit a single on which Davis advanced to third. Juan Lagares drew a walk that loaded the bases. Harvey then grounded back to Lilly to end the inning.

After scoreless third and fourth innings, Harvey retired all three Los Angeles batters in the top of the fifth. Matt hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Tejada singled to drive home Harvey and went to second base on a single by Daniel Murphy. David Wright took a called third strike and John Buck followed with a force play grounder to third baseman Jerry Hairston. Lilly then struck out Davis to finish off the inning.

Gonzalez drew a walk with two outs in the top of the sixth. Kemp followed with a two-run homer to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Harvey retired Ethier on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Byrd, who walked against Los Angeles reliever J. P. Howell to open the bottom half. Duda drew a walk and Lagares’s ground out to shortstop Nick Punto advanced the runners on second and third base. Against the Dodgers’ Ronald Belisario, pinch-hitter Justin Turner hit a sacrifice fly to score Byrd with the Mets’ second run of the game. Belisario then retired Tejada on a grounder to Hairston for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Belisario pitched a perfect bottom half and New York’s Scott Rice retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Byrd hit a double against Los Angeles reliever Kenley Jansen. Marlon moved to third base on Duda’s ground out to second baseman Ellis. Jansen then got Valdespin (who was pinch-hitting for Lagares) to ground out to first baseman Gonzalez and end the inning.

Rice and Mets’ reliever Scott Atchison combined for a scoreless top of the ninth. Leading off the bottom half, pinch-hitter Mike Baxter doubled against Dodgers’ reliever Brandon League. Tejada’s sacrifice bunt sent Baxter to third base and Murphy hit a foul ball on which Hairston made the catch leaning over the railing near the Los Angeles dugout. With the Mets down to their last out, Wright delivered a single that brought home Baxter and tied the game at 3-3. With Buck at the plate, Wright was caught stealing on catcher A. J. Ellis’s throw to Mark Ellis for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell surrendered only a walk to A. J. Ellis in the top of the 10th. Buck singled against the Dodgers’ Josh Wall to begin the bottom half. Davis drew a walk and Byrd’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Duda was walked intentionally to load the bases and Valdespin came to bat. Jordany slugged a grand slam to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting extra-inning victory.