August 2, 2014: Four Runs in 7th Bring Down Giants

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Date: August 2, 2014
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 4
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Travis d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores
Key play: d’Arnaud’s sacrifice fly, Lagares’s single, Flores’s double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of four games in a series. The Mets erupted for four runs in the seventh inning and defeated San Francisco, 4-2.

Jacob deGrom and the Giants’ Jake Peavy each pitched scoreless and hitless ball from the first inning to the sixth. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Pablo Sandoval doubled for the first hit of the game. DeGrom retired Michael Morse on a ground ball to third baseman David Wright to close out the inning and Daniel Murphy got a one-out double for the Mets’ first hit in the bottom half. Wright singled and Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Travis d'Arnaud hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Murphy and a single by Juan Lagares scored Wright. Wilmer Flores followed with a double that plated Duda and Lagares for a 4-0 Mets lead. Peavy then struck out deGrom to end the inning.

Brandon Belt got a leadoff single against deGrom in the top of the eighth. Joe Panik went down on strikes and Juan Perez hit a double. Pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa singled off second baseman Murphy’s glove to bring home both Belt and Perez. Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia fanned Hunter Pence and got Brandon Crawford on a fly ball to center fielder Lagares to finish off the inning. San Francisco reliever Javier Lopez then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Buster Posey singled against Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia to begin the top of the ninth. Sandoval hit a grounder on which Mejia threw to shortstop Flores for an out on Posey at second base. Morse was called out on strikes and Belt hit a single to send Sandoval to third. Mejia then retired Panik on a ground ball to Murphy for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory with a late offensive burst.