April 28, 2012: Duda and Wright Lift Mets Over Rockies

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Date: April 28, 2012
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 7
Rockies: 5
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): David Wright, Lucas Duda
Key play: Wright’s double and RBI single, Duda’s homer and single

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Saturday night in Colorado. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Coors Field. Lucas Duda and David Wright combined for six runs batted in to lead the Mets to a 7-5 win.

Rockies’ starter Guillermo Moscoso pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Marco Scutaro singled against the Mets’ Dillon Gee to lead off the bottom half. Scutaro stole second base and moved to third on catcher Josh Thole’s throwing error. Jonathan Herrera went down on strikes and Carlos Gonzalez drew a walk. Troy Tulowitzki hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada that brought home Scutaro for a 1-0 Colorado lead. With Todd Helton at bat, Tulowitzki was caught stealing second on Thole’s throw to Tejada for the third out.

Wright singled to lead off the top of the second. Duda slugged a two-run homer and Scott Hairston was struck out. Ike Davis drew a walk and Thole lined out to Moscoso, who followed up with a throw to first baseman Helton for an inning-ending double play. Gee shut down the Mountain Men in the bottom half and Tejada singled with two outs in the top of the third. Daniel Murphy hit a single and Wright doubled to score Tejada for a 3-1 Mets lead. Moscoso retired Duda on line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler to finish off the inning. Gee then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Moscoso set down the Mets in order in the top of the fourth. Gonzalez got a bunt single to open the bottom of the inning. Tulowitzki singled and advanced to third base on Helton’s double that brought home Gonzalez. Michael Cuddyer got a single that plated Tulowitzki and sent Helton to third. Wilin Rosario followed with a ground ball on which Helton was out at home via a throw by third baseman Wright to Thole. Fowler popped out to Wright and a single by Moscoso drove home Cuddyer, giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead. Gee then fanned Scutaro for the inning’s third out.

Tejada and Murphy got back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the fifth. Wright singled to score Tejada with the tying run as Murphy advanced to third base. With Duda at the plate, David stole second. Lucas delivered a single to score Murphy and Wright for a 6-4 Mets lead. Moscoso struck out Hairston to end the inning. Gee then yielded just a single to Tulowitzki in the bottom half.

Colorado reliever Matt Reynolds pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Gee retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Tejada singled against Reynolds to begin the top of the seventh. Murphy hit a single and the Rockies’ Josh Roenicke got Wright to hit a grounder to second baseman Scutaro for a double play. Roenicke retired Duda on a line drive to right fielder Cuddyer that ended the inning and Gee set down the Mountain Men in order in the bottom half. Colorado’s Esmil Rogers hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Tim Byrdak then retired all three hitters in the bottom of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter doubled against Rockies’ reliever Edgmer Escalona to open the top of the ninth. Baxter went to third base on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s ground out to Helton. Tejada grounded out to Helton and a wild pitch brought home Baxter, increasing the Mets’ lead to 7-4. Escalona retired Murphy on a ground ball to shortstop Tulowitzki that finished off the inning and Mets’ reliever Frank Francisco threw a called third strike past Cuddyer to start the bottom half. Rosario grounded out to Tejada and a home run by Fowler ensued. Pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin hit a triple and Francisco retired pinch-hitter Jason Giambi on a fly ball to center fielder Nieuwenhuis for the game’s final out. The Mets had a hard-earned victory.