August 10, 2013: Flores Lifts Mets Over D'Backs

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Date: August 10, 2013
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 4
Diamondbacks: 1
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores
Key play: Lagares’s home run, Flores’s singles

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Saturday night in Arizona. The teams played a three-hour and one-minute game. Wilmer Flores drove in three runs in a 4-1 Mets win.

Zack Wheeler and the Snakes’ Brandon McCarthy each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Leading off the top of the fourth, Juan Lagares homered for the first run of the game. Daniel Murphy was retired on a line drive to left fielder Cody Ross. Marlon Byrd grounded back to McCarthy and a double by Ike Davis ensued. Flores singled to drive home Davis for a 2-0 Mets lead. John Buck followed with a single on which Flores was out via a throw by right fielder Gerardo Parra to third baseman Martin Prado to end the inning. Wheeler then held the D’Backs to a single by Paul Goldschmidt in the bottom half.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, McCarthy retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Aaron Hill hit a home run against Wheeler to begin the bottom of the inning. Ross flied out to left fielder Eric Young and a single by Wil Nieves followed. Parra singled off Mets’ reliever Scott Rice, who followed up with a strikeout of Cliff Pennington. Pinch-hitter A. J. Pollock drew a walk to load the bases. Rice then got Adam Eaton on a force play ground ball to second baseman Murphy for the inning’s final out.

Young drew a walk against Arizona reliever David Hernandez to open the top of the eighth. Lagares singled and Murphy lined out to center fielder Eaton (after which Young advanced to third base.) Byrd went down on strikes as Lagares stole second and an intentional walk to Davis loaded the bases. Flores hit a single to score Young and Lagares with the Mets’ third and fourth runs. Hernandez got Buck to hit a fly ball on which Parra made a diving catch for the third out of the inning. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with two outs against Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres in the bottom half. New York’s Pedro Feliciano then threw a called third strike past Parra for the inning’s final out.

Snakes’ reliever J. J. Putz gave up only a double to Justin Turner in the top of the ninth. For the Mets, LaTroy Hawkins fanned Pennington to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jason Kubel flied out to Young and a single by Eaton ensued. With Prado at bat, Eaton moved to second base on defensive indifference. Hawkins then threw a called third strike past Prado to finish off the game. The Mets had a solid victory over the Diamondbacks.