August 15, 2013: Byrd's Double Lifts Mets Over Padres

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Date: August 15, 2013
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 4
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Scott Atchison
Key player(s): Josh Satin, Marlon Byrd, John Buck
Key play: Satin’s RBI single, Byrd’s double, Buck’s home run

The Mets faced the Padres on a Thursday night in San Diego. The teams played the opener of a four-game weekend series. Marlon Byrd hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Mets to a 4-1 win.

Zack Wheeler and the Padres’ Tyson Ross each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Daniel Murphy hit a single to lead off the top of the fourth. Byrd was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Chris Denorfia. Ike Davis grounded out to second baseman Jedd Gyorko to send Murphy to second. Josh Satin singled to score Murphy for a 1-0 Mets lead. A wild pitch advanced Satin to second before Ross struck out Juan Lagares to end the inning.

Chase Headley singled to open the bottom of the fourth. Yonder Alonzo drew a walk and Gyorko went down on strikes. Denorfia hit a single to load the bases and Jaff Decker singled to bring home Headley with the tying run. Wheeler threw a called third strike past Ronny Cedeno to close out the inning and Ross set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom half, Ross and Will Venable got back-to-back singles. Headley was called out on strikes and Alonzo followed with a single on which Ross tried to score. Center fielder Lagares threw to catcher John Buck for an out at home on Ross to finish off the inning.

Ross hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Wheeler gave up only a double to Denorfia in the bottom half and Ross struck out the side in a scoreless top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Scott Atchison retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and San Diego’s Luke Gregerson hit pinch-hitter Mike Baxter with a pitch with one out in the top of the eighth. Eric Young was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Venable. Baxter stole second base and Murphy was given an intentional walk. Byrd doubled to drive home Baxter and Murphy, giving the Mets a 3-1 lead. Davis drew a walk and Padres’ reliever Nick Vincent got Satin on an inning-ending fly ball to Denorfia. New York’s Gonzalez Germen then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Buck homered against San Diego reliever Tim Stauffer for the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Stauffer retired both Omar Quintanilla and Justin Turner on grounders to Gyorko to close out the inning and Cedeno was struck out to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay grounded out to first baseman Davis. Germen then retired pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman on a ground ball to second baseman Murphy for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to start the long weekend series.

Notes

  • The save for Germen was his first in the major leagues