August 27, 2015: Mets Defeat Phils in 13 Innings
|Date: August 27, 2015|
|Mets starter: Jonathon Niese|
|Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres|
|Key player(s): Kelly Johnson, Carlos Torres, Daniel Murphy|
|Key play: Johnson's home run, Murphy's double|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets scored four runs in the 13th inning for a 9-5 win.
Jonathon Niese and the Phils' Aaron Harang each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Harang set down the side in order in the top of the third and singled to open the bottom half. Cesar Hernandez went down on strikes and consecutive walks to Andres Blanco and Odubel Herrera loaded the bases. Jeff Francoeur got a single to drive home Harang and Blanco and send Herrera to third base. Aaron Altherr hit a force play ground ball to third baseman David Wright that brought home Herrera. Darin Ruf connected for a two-run homer to extend the Phillies' lead to 5-0. Niese then threw a called third strike past Carlos Ruiz to close out the inning.
Wright got a leadoff single in the top of the fourth. Kelly Johnson flied out to left fielder Altherr and a home run by Travis d'Arnaud trimmed the Philadelphia lead to 5-2. Michael Conforto doubled and Ruben Tejada lined out to center fielder Herrera. Harang retired Niese on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Freddy Galvis. Jonathon then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.
Curtis Granderson singled to begin the top of the fifth. Yoenis Cespedes slugged a two-run homer and a walk to Daniel Murphy ensued. Wright hit a grounder to second baseman Hernandez for a double play. Johnson followed with a home run to tie the game at 5-5. Harang got d'Arnaud to pop out to Hernandez and finish off the inning. Niese then hurled a perfect bottom half.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Niese singled and advanced to third base on a single by Granderson. Harang retired Cespedes on a ground ball to Galvis that ended the inning and Niese pitched a scoreless bottom half. Murphy singled against Philadelphia reliever Jeanmar Gomez to begin the top of the seventh. Daniel moved to second base on a wild pitch and to third on Wright's ground out to Hernandez. Johnson took a called third strike and d'Arnaud drew a walk. Gomez threw a called third strike past Conforto to end the inning. The Mets' Logan Verrett then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Granderson hit a two-out double against Gomez in the top of the eighth. Phillies' reliever Ken Giles retired Cespedes on a grounder to Galvis to close out the inning and the Mets' Hansel Robles gave up just a double to Altherr in the bottom half. Giles yielded just a single to Murphy in the top of the ninth. New York's Sean Gilmartin pitched a perfect bottom half to send the game onward and Giles retired all three batters in the top of the 10th. Gilmartin and the Mets' Carlos Torres then combined to set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning.
Granderson walked against Phils' reliever Elvis Araujo to lead off the top of the 11th. Cespedes followed with a walk against Philadelphia's Luis Garcia. Murphy grounded to Hernandez for a double play and Wright drew a walk. Garcia struck out Johnson to end the inning and Torres retired the side in order in the bottom half. Phillies' reliever Hector Neris hurled a perfect top of the 12th and Hernandez got a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Hernandez stole second base and went to third on catcher d'Arnaud's throwing error. Torres then got Blanco on a ground ball to Wright for the inning's final out.
Torres and Granderson got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the 13th. Cespedes was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Francoeur. Murphy followed with a double that plated both Torres and Granderson, giving the Mets a 7-5 lead. On his own hit, Murphy went to third base via an error by Galvis. Wright reached on Neris's error that allowed Murphy to come home. David moved to second on the play via another error by Neris. Johnson grounded out to Hernandez to advance Wright to third. D'Arnaud was hit by a pitch and Conforto singled to score Wright, extending the New York lead to four runs. Phils' reliever Justin DeFratus then got Tejada to fly out to center fielder Altherr (who had shifted from left) and end the inning.
Mets' reliever Jeurys Familia retired pinch-hitter Ryan Howard on a ground ball to first baseman Murphy to start the bottom of the 13th. Francoeur singled and Altherr hit a force play grounder back to Familia. Jeurys then struck out Ruf to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an extra-inning victory and a sweep of the series.