April 5, 2014: Davis Slams Reds in 9th

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Date: April 5, 2014
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 6
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): Curtis Granderson, Ike Davis
Key play: Granderson’s home run, Davis’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Reds on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Ike Davis hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 6-3 win over Cincinnati.

Dillon Gee and the Reds’ Johnny Cueto each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fourth. Gee gave up only a single to Tucker Barnhart while Cueto recorded six strikeouts and yielded no hits. Leading off the top of the fifth, Ryan Ludwick homered for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead. Todd Frazier lined out to center fielder Juan Lagares and a fly ball by Zack Cozart was caught by left fielder Eric Young. Barnhart and Cueto got back-to-back singles and Gee struck out Roger Bernadina to end the inning. Cueto then held the Mets to a double by Ruben Tejada in the bottom half.

Gee set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Daniel Murphy singled to open the bottom of the inning. David Wright hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Cozart and a home run by Curtis Granderson put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Lucas Duda flied out to center fielder Bernadina and a single by Lagares ensued. Cueto then got Anthony Recker to foul out to third baseman Frazier and finish off the inning.

Gee surrendered just a walk to Frazier in the top of the seventh. Cueto gave up only a single to Young in the bottom half and pinch-hitter Chris Heisey doubled to lead off the top of the eighth. Bernadina laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Heisey to third base. Brandon Phillips followed with a two-run homer to give the Reds a 3-2 lead. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice retired Joey Votto on a ground ball to second baseman Murphy and threw a called third strike past Jay Bruce to close out the inning. Cincinnati reliever Sam LeCure then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres yielded just a single to Frazier in the top of the ninth. Lagares drew a walk against the Reds’ J. J. Hoover to begin the bottom of the inning. On Recker’s ensuing bunt, first baseman Votto made a throw to Cozart for an apparent out on Lagares at second base. However, a replay challenge reversed the call and Juan was ruled safe. Tejada drew a walk that loaded the bases and Davis came up to pinch-hit for Torres. Ike slugged a grand slam homer to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting victory.