August 24, 2014: Four Homers, Triple Play Bury Dodgers

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Date: August 24, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 11
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Travis d'Arnaud, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Eric Young
Key play: Young’s triple, Mets’ home runs and triple play

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets slugged four home runs and turned a triple play in an 11-3 win.

Dodgers’ starter Kevin Correia pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Adrian Gonzalez doubled against the Mets’ Bartolo Colon with two outs in the bottom half. Matt Kemp singled to drive home Gonzalez for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. Hanley Ramirez grounded out to shortstop Ruben Tejada to end the inning and Travis d'Arnaud homered to tie the game with out in the top of the second. Juan Lagares hit a single and Tejada fouled out to first baseman Gonzalez. Eric Young followed with a triple that scored Lagares and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Correia retired Colon on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Justin Turner. Bartolo then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the third, Daniel Murphy singled and went to third base on a single by David Wright. Lucas Duda followed with a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-1. D’Arnaud lined out to left fielder Andre Ethier and an error by Gonzalez allowed Lagares to reach second. Tejada hit a home run for a 7-1 New York lead. Correia got Young to hit a grounder to Gonzalez for the inning’s third out. Colon then retired the Dodgers on three consecutive infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Colon and Los Angeles reliever Carlos Frias each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Frias set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth and Dee Gordon got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Yasiel Puig drew a walk and Gonzalez singled to bring home Gordon. Kemp followed with a grounder on which third baseman Eric Campbell threw to second baseman Murphy for an out on Gonzalez. Daniel threw to first baseman Duda for an out on Kemp. Trying to score on the play, Puig was out at home via a throw by Duda to catcher d’Arnaud – ending the inning with the eleventh triple play in Mets history.

Pinch-hitter Matt den Dekker singled to lead off the top of the seventh. Den Dekker went to third base on Curtis Granderson’s single and came home on a single by Murphy. Campbell flied out to right fielder Kemp and a single by Duda scored Granderson. D’Arnaud singled to load the bases and Frias was replaced on the mound by Dodgers’ reliever Pedro Baez. Lagares hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Murphy and increased the Mets’ lead to 10-2. Baez retired Tejada on an inning-ending foul pop-up to Turner. Mets’ reliever Buddy Carlyle then gave up just a single to Ethier in the bottom half.

Baez yielded just a single to Carlyle in the top of the eighth. Scott Van Slyke hit a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Gordon tripled to drive home Van Slyke and consecutive strikeouts of Puig and Miguel Rojas ensued. Carlyle retired pinch-hitter Drew Butera on a fly ball to left fielder Young to close out the inning. With one out in the top of the ninth, Duda homered against the Dodgers’ Jamey Wright for the Mets’ eleventh run of the game. D’Arnaud grounded out to second baseman Gordon. Wright then retired Lagares on a foul pop-up to Gordon for the final out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres struck out Ramirez to start the bottom of the ninth. Ethier hit a single and Turner grounded out to Campbell. A. J. Ellis drew a walk and Torres retired Van Slyke on a foul pop-up to d’Arnaud to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an easy victory.