August 25, 2015: Three-Run 6th Lifts Mets Over Phils

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Date: August 25, 2015
Mets starter: Noah Syndergaard
Mets: 6
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Noah Syndergaard
Key player(s): Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d'Arnaud, Michael Cuddyer, Noah Syndergaard
Key play: Cespedes's home run, Syndergaard's double, d’Arnaud’s walk, Cuddyer’s single

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of four games in a series. The Mets scored three runs in the sixth inning and defeated the Phils, 6-5.

Against Phillies’ starter Jerome Williams, Curtis Granderson reached on first baseman Ryan Howard’s error to lead off the op of the first. Yoenis Cespedes followed with a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Daniel Murphy grounded out to second baseman Cesar Hernandez and a line drive by David Wright was caught by center fielder Odubel Herrera. Williams threw a called third strike past Kelly Johnson to end the inning. The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Travis d'Arnaud got a two-out single in the top of the second. Syndergaard hit a double to drive home d’Arnaud and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Granderson went down on strikes to finish off the inning and Howard drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Syndergaard then fanned the next three batters to close out the inning.

Williams set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the third. Carlos Ruiz hit a ground-rule double to open the bottom half. Williams and Hernandez were struck out and Freddy Galvis connected for a two-run homer. Herrera reached on second baseman Johnson’s error and a home run by Howard put the Phils ahead, 4-3. Syndergaard then threw a called third strike past Andres Blanco to finish off the inning.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Murphy drew a walk against Williams to begin the top of the sixth. Wright went down on strikes and Johnson singled to advance Murphy to third base. Philadelphia reliever Jeanmar Gomez got Wilmer Flores to line out to shortstop Galvis. Michael Conforto walked to load the bases and a walk to d’Arnaud forced home Murphy with the tying run. Pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer hit a single to plate Johnson and Conforto for a 6-4 Mets lead. The Phillies’ Elvis Araujo then retired Granderson on a ground ball to Hernandez that ended the inning.

Blanco singled against Mets’ reliever Eric O'Flaherty to open the bottom of the sixth. Cody Asche was struck out and Domonic Brown hit a single that sent Blanco to third base. Against New York’s Hansel Robles, Ruiz grounded out to third baseman Wright to bring home Blanco with the Phils’ fifth run. Robles then threw a called third strike past Aaron Altherr for the inning’s final out.

Araujo surrendered only a walk to Wright in the top of the seventh. Robles retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Philadelphia reliever Luis Garcia yielded just a double to d’Arnaud in the top of the eighth. Blanco got a one-out single against New York’s Tyler Clippard in the bottom of the inning. Asche drew a walk and Brown was struck out. The Mets’ Jeurys Familia then got Ruiz to ground out to Wright and end the inning.

Phillies’ reliever Adam Loewen hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. Altherr went down on strikes to lead off the bottom half. Hernandez was also struck out. Galvis then grounded back to Familia for the final out of the game. The Mets had a hard-earned victory.