April 7, 2013: Byrd's Single in 9th Jolts Marlins

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Date: April 7, 2013
Mets starter: Aaron Laffey
Mets: 4
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Scott Rice
Key player(s): Anthony Recker, Daniel Murphy, Marlon Byrd
Key play: Recker’s double, Murphy’s home run, Byrd’s single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Marlon Byrd hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 4-3 win over Miami.

Aaron Laffey and the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Greg Dobbs hit a single with two outs in the top of the third. Justin Ruggiano doubled to drive home Dobbs and advanced to third base on a throw to the plate. Laffey retired Rob Brantly on a pop-up to third baseman David Wright to close out the inning. Fernandez then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Adeiny Hechavarria drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth inning. Chris Valaika hit a double that drove home Hechavarria and moved to third base on Fernandez’s sacrifice bunt. Juan Pierre grounded out to second baseman Daniel Murphy and a double by Donovan Solano scored Valaika for a 3-0 Miami lead. Laffey struck out Giancarlo Stanton to end the inning and Murphy got a one-out single in the bottom half. Wright was called out on strikes and Ike Davis drew a walk. Fernandez then got Mike Baxter to hit a ground ball back to the mound for the inning’s final out.

Dobbs was hit by a pitch to open the top of the fifth. Ruggiano singled and Brantly flied out to right fielder Baxter. Hechavarria hit a single against Mets’ reliever Greg Burke to load the bases. Burke followed up with strikeouts of Valaika and Fernandez to finish off the inning and Ruben Tejada singled with one out in the bottom half. Anthony Recker hit a double to bring home Tejada with the Mets’ first run of the game. Fernandez then fanned Byrd and got Collin Cowgill on a pop-up to second baseman Solano for the third out of the inning.

Burke retired all three Marlins batters in the top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom half, Murphy homered against Miami reliever A. J. Ramos. Wright drew a walk and went to second base after Davis’s fly out to left fielder Pierre. Ramos threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin and retired Lucas Duda on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Dobbs. Mets’ relievers Josh Edgin and Scott Atchison combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. For the Fish, reliever Jon Rauch shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins gave up just an infield single to Pierre in the top of the eighth. Miami’s Mike Dunn hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Stanton walked against New York’s Scott Rice to begin the top of the ninth. Dobbs hit a double play grounder to Murphy and a walk to Ruggiano ensued. Rice then balked Ruggiano to second base and got Brantly on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning.

Marlins’ reliever Steve Cishek retired Duda on a fly ball to center fielder Ruggiano to start the bottom of the ninth. Tejada was hit by a pitch and advanced to third base on pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s single to left-center field. On his own hit, Nieuwenhuis moved to second on a throw. Byrd followed with a single to left field that plated Tejada and Nieuwenhuis with the tying and winning runs. The Mets had an exciting victory to close out the weekend series.

Notes

  • The win for Rice was his first in the major leagues.