August 20, 2014: Five-Run 3rd Leads Mets Past Athletics

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Date: August 20, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 8
Athletics: 5
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Eric Campbell, Lucas Duda, Curtis Granderson
Key play: Campbell’s and Duda’s home runs, Granderson’s single

The Mets faced the Athletics on a Wednesday afternoon in Oakland. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. The Mets scored five runs in the third inning and came away with an 8-5 win.

Zack Wheeler and the Athletics’ Jeff Samardzija each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Leading off the top of the third, Eric Campbell homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Wilmer Flores was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Josh Reddick. Eric Young grounded out to first baseman Stephen Vogt and a single by Curtis Granderson ensued. Daniel Murphy singled and David Wright drew a walk that loaded the bases. With Lucas Duda at bat, a wild pitch brought home Granderson. Duda followed up with a three-run homer to increase the New York lead to 5-0. Samardzija then struck out Travis d'Arnaud to end the inning.

Eric Sogard drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the third. Coco Crisp doubled to score Sogard and advanced to third base on an error by second baseman Murphy. John Jaso hit a double to bring home Crisp with the second Oakland run and a foul pop-up by Vogt was caught by third baseman Wright to close out the inning. Campbell walked against Samardzija with one out in the top of the fourth. Flores hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Andy Parrino and a single by Young followed. Granderson singled to plate Flores and send Young to third. Murphy hit a single to drive home Young and increase the Mets’ lead to 7-2. Athletics’ reliever Jesse Chavez then struck out Wright to end the inning.

Brandon Moss drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Reddick singled and Alberto Callaspo grounded out to first baseman Duda, advancing the runners to second and third base. Sam Fuld was retired on a line drive to Wright. Parrino reached on Murphy’s error that allowed both Moss and Reddick to score, reducing the Mets’ lead to 7-4. Sogard hit a single and Wheeler got Crisp on a grounder to shortstop Flores to finish off the inning.

Duda singled to lead off the top of the fifth. D’Arnaud and Matt den Dekker were struck out and Campbell hit a single to send Duda to third base. Flores singled to score Duda for an 8-4 Mets lead. Chavez retired Young on a ground ball to second baseman Sogard to close out the inning. Wheeler then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Murphy drew a one-out walk against Chavez the top of the sixth. Wright hit a force play grounder to Parrino and went to second base on Sogard’s throwing error. Duda was given an intentional walk and d’Arnaud walked to load the bases. Oakland reliever Fernando Abad retired den Dekker on an inning-ending fly ball to Reddick. Fuld walked against Wheeler with two outs in the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin then fanned Parrino for the inning’s third out.

Abad set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Edgin and Mets’ reliever Vic Black combined for a scoreless bottom half. Granderson and Murphy both grounded out to Abad to open the top of the eighth. A’s reliever Dan Otero got Wright on a ground ball to third baseman Josh Donaldson to end the inning and Moss drew a one-out walk against Black in the bottom half. Reddick reached on Duda’s error and a walk to Callaspo loaded the bases. New York’s Jeurys Familia issued a walk to Fuld that forced home Moss with the Athletics’ fifth run. Familia then threw a called third strike past Parrino and retired Donaldson on a grounder to Flores to finish off the inning.

Otero set down the Mets on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the ninth. Crisp popped out to Flores to begin the bottom half. Derek Norris was called out on strikes and Vogt hit a double. Familia then retired Moss on a grounder to Flores for the final out of the game. The Mets had emerged with a victory.