April 29, 2014: Niese Leads Mets Over Phillies

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Date: April 29, 2014
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 6
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Jonathon Niese, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada
Key play: Niese’s walk, Murphy’s and Tejada’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played a two-hour and fifty-three-minute game. Jonathon Niese pitched seven innings of four-hit ball and drew a bases-loaded walk in a 6-1 Mets win over the Phils.

Niese and Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels each hurled scoreless first and second innings. Ruben Tejada doubled to lead off the top of the third. Niese’s sacrifice bunt advanced Tejada to third base and Eric Young went down on strikes. Daniel Murphy hit a single to score Tejada for a 1-0 Mets lead. With David Wright at bat, Murphy got caught by catcher Carlos Ruiz’s throw and was tagged by second baseman Chase Utley for the inning’s third out. Niese then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Chris Young drew a walk and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Curtis Granderson walked and went to third on Josh Satin’s single that brought home Chris Young. Travis d'Arnaud was struck out and Tejada drew a walk to load the bases. Niese followed with a walk that forced home Granderson and extended the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Hamels then got Eric Young to ground out to Utley and finish off the inning.

Marlon Byrd slugged a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Ryan Howard singled and Ruiz grounded out to second baseman Murphy to end the inning. Daniel singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Wright was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Ben Revere. Murphy stole second base and came around to score on a double by Chris Young. Granderson grounded out to first baseman Howard. Hamels hit Satin with a pitch and issued a walk to d’Arnaud that loaded the bases. Tejada singled to bring home Chris Young and Satin with the Mets’ fifth and sixth runs of the game. Philadelphia reliever Roberto Hernandez threw a called third strike past Niese to close out the inning. Jonathon then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Phillies’ reliever Mario Hollands set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Niese gave up just a single to Utley in the bottom of the inning and Hollands pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Jonathon fanned Howard to begin the bottom half. Ruiz got a single and Niese threw called third strikes past both Domonic Brown and Jayson Nix to end the inning. Philadelphia’s Jeff Manship retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Phillies’ reliever Shawn Camp yielded only a single to Eric Young in the top of the ninth. The Mets’ Jose Valverde retired Byrd on a grounder to third baseman Wright to open the bottom of the inning. Howard doubled and Ruiz grounded out to shortstop Tejada. Valverde then got Brown to fly out to right fielder Granderson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.