August 10, 2015: Three Runs in 7th Beat Rockies

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Date: August 10. 2015
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 4
Rockies: 2
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Travis d'Arnaud, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy
Key play: d'Arnaud's home run, Granderson's hit-by-pitch, Murphy's single

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. The Mets scored three runs in the seventh inning for a 4-2 win over Colorado.

Mets' starter Jonathon Niese gave up only a single to Jose Reyes in the top of the first. The Rockies' Jon Gray pitched a perfect bottom half and Niese yielded just a single to Nick Hundley in the top of the second. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Travis d'Arnaud hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Michael Conforto flied out to center fielder Drew Stubbs to end the inning and Niese set down the side in order in the top of the third. Gray then surrendered only a walk to Ruben Tejada in the bottom half.

DJ LeMahieu singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Carlos Gonzalez connected for a homer to put the Mountain Men ahead, 2-1. Nolan Arenado hit a single and Kyle Parker followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Kelly Johnson. Hundley singled and Stubbs was called out on strikes. Niese got Brandon Barnes on a force play grounder to third baseman Daniel Murphy for the inning's final out. Gray then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Niese retired all three Colorado batters in the top of the fifth. Jonathon drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Tejada reached on second baseman LeMahieu's error and a wild pitch sent the runners to second and third base. Curtis Granderson popped out to third baseman Arenado to end the inning and Niese hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Gray then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Niese retired the Rockies in order once again in the top of the seventh. D'Arnaud hit a single against Colorado reliever Justin Miller with one out in the bottom of the inning. Travis advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Conforto drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Juan Uribe popped out to shortstop Reyes and a walk to Tejada loaded the bases. Against the Rockies' Boone Logan, Granderson was hit by a pitch to force home d'Arnaud with the tying run. Murphy followed with a single that scored Conforto and Tejada, giving the Mets a two-run lead. Logan then got Yoenis Cespedes on a force play ground ball to Reyes to close out the inning.

Mets' reliever Tyler Clippard pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Colorado's Scott Oberg yielded only a single to Lucas Duda in the bottom half and New York's Jeurys Familia retired Gonzalez on a line drive to left fielder Cespedes to start the top of the ninth. Arenado went down on strikes. Familia then fanned Ben Paulsen for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory.