August 29, 2013: Mets Wallop Phillies

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Date: August 29, 2013
Mets starter: Carlos Torres
Mets: 11
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): Anthony Recker, Daniel Murphy, Eric Young, Andrew Brown
Key play: Murphy’s double, Recker’s home run, Young’s triple, Brown’s homer

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets scored in each of the last six innings for an 11-3 win over Philadelphia.

Carlos Torres and the Phils’ Ethan Martin each pitched scoreless first and second innings. Torres retired the side in order in the top of the third and Eric Young singled with one out in the bottom half. Daniel Murphy followed with a double to drive home Young with the first run of the game. Murphy advanced to third base on Andrew Brown’s ground out to shortstop John McDonald. Martin then threw a called third strike past Lucas Duda to close out the inning.

Torres hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Justin Turner drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Matt den Dekker went down on strikes and Anthony Recker slugged a home run for a 3-0 Mets lead. Omar Quintanilla lined out to center fielder John Mayberry and a walk to Torres ensued. Martin then got Eric Young on a called third strike to finish off the inning.

Torres gave up just a double to Carlos Ruiz in the top of the fifth. Murphy doubled against Philadelphia reliever Cesar Jimenez to begin the bottom half. Andrew Brown hit a single to bring home Murphy and a strikeout of Duda followed. With Turner at bat, Andrew Brown stole second base. Turner was called out on strikes and Jimenez retired den Dekker on an inning-ending foul pop-up to third baseman Michael Young. Torres pitched a perfect top of the sixth and Recker drew a walk to open the bottom half. Quintanilla popped out to Michael Young and a sacrifice bunt by Torres moved Recker to second. Eric Young got an infield single and went to second on Jimenez’s balk that brought home Recker from third. Murphy singled to score Eric Young and increase the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Phillies’ reliever Justin DeFratus then struck out Andrew Brown to end the inning.

Chase Utley singled against Torres to lead off the top of the seventh. Domonic Brown hit a single and Utley advanced to third base after Ruiz’s fly out to center fielder den Dekker. Darin Ruf hit a sacrifice fly to score Utley with the Phils’ first run. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice then fanned Pete Orr for the inning’s third out.

Duda got a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh. Turner was hit by a pitch and den Dekker followed with a force play ground ball back to DeFratus. Den Dekker stole second base and Recker drew a walk to load the bases. Quintanilla walked to force home Duda and a strikeout of pinch-hitter Ike Davis ensued. Eric Young hit a triple to drive home den Dekker, Recker and Quintanilla for a 10-1 Mets lead. Phils’ reliever J. C. Ramirez then retired Murphy on a ground ball to third baseman Orr to close out the inning.

McDonald singled against Mets’ reliever Gonzalez Germen to open the top of the eighth. Roger Bernadina followed with a two-run homer to reduce the New York lead to 10-3. Michael Young grounded back to Germen and a fly ball by Erik Kratz was caught by right fielder Andrew Brown. Utley hit a double and the Mets’ Pedro Feliciano retired Domonic Brown on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Murphy. To begin the bottom half, Andrew Brown homered for the eleventh New York run of the game. Ramirez then set down the next three batters to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins got pinch-hitter Jimmie Rollins to fly out to right fielder Juan Lagares to start the top of the ninth. Ruf was called out on strikes. Hawkins then retired Orr on a line drive to Murphy for the game’s final out. The Mets had an easy victory.