April 4, 2014: Duda Double-Slugs Reds

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Date: April 4, 2014
Mets starter: Jenrry Mejia
Mets: 4
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Jenrry Mejia
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, Jose Valverde
Key play: Duda’s two home runs

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a weekend series. Lucas Duda hit a pair of two-run homers to lead the Mets to a 4-3 win over Cincinnati.

Jenrry Mejia and the Reds’ Mike Leake each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Roger Bernadina drew a one-out walk in the top of the third. Brandon Phillips grounded out to catcher Travis d'Arnaud and a walk to Joey Votto followed. Jay Bruce hit a single to drive home Bernadina for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead. Mejia retired Ryan Ludwick on a ground ball to third baseman David Wright for the inning’s third out. Leake then set down the Mets on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half.

Mejia surrendered only a walk to Brayan Pena in the top of the fourth. Curtis Granderson doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Duda slugged a home run to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Juan Lagares flied out to center fielder Bernadina and a called third strike was thrown past d’Arnaud. Ruben Tejada grounded out to Leake to end the inning and Bernadina drew a walk to open the top of the fifth. Phillips hit a ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy for a double play and Votto singled. Mejia got Bruce on a called third strike to close out the inning. Leake then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Ludwick got a leadoff single in the top of the sixth. Todd Frazier reached on Murphy’s error and a line drive by Pena was caught by right fielder Granderson. Ramon Santiago hit a force play grounder to first baseman Duda. Mejia struck out Leake to finish off the inning and Wright singled to open the bottom half. Granderson was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Bruce. Duda followed with his second homer of the game, increasing the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Leake then got Lagares to line out to Bernadina and retired d’Arnaud on a line drive to third baseman Frazier for the inning’s third out.

Mets’ reliever John Lannan fanned Bernadina to begin the top of the seventh. Phillips hit a single and Votto grounded out to Wright. Bruce hit a homer to reduce the New York lead to one run. Mets’ reliever Kyle Farnsworth struck out Ludwick to finish off the inning and Eric Young drew a two-out walk against Leake in the bottom half. Murphy singled against Reds’ reliever Manny Parra, who followed up by retiring Wright on an inning-ending fly ball to Bruce. Farnsworth hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Parra and Cincinnati’s J. J. Hoover then combined to pitch a perfect bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Jose Valverde got Chris Heisey on a ground ball to shortstop Tejada to begin the top of the ninth. Bernadina drew a walk and Phillips singled to center field. Votto was retired on a line drive to left fielder Young. Valverde then fanned Bruce for the final out of the game. The Mets had their first victory of the season.