August 29, 2014: Three-Run Hitless 7th Gives Mets Win

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Date: August 29, 2014
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 4
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Travis d'Arnaud, Eric Campbell
Key play: d’Arnaud’s single, Sizemore’s error, Mets’ double steal

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. In the seventh inning, the Mets scored three runs without a hit for a 4-1 win over Philadelphia.

Jacob deGrom and the Phils’ David Buchanan each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. DeGrom retired the side in order in the top of the fourth and David Wright got a one-out single in the bottom half. Wright advanced to second base on Lucas Duda’s ground out to Buchanan and scored on Travis d'Arnaud’s single for a 1-0 Mets lead. Buchanan then got Matt den Dekker to fly out to left fielder Grady Sizemore and finish off the inning.

Marlon Byrd drew a walk to lead off the top of the fifth. Sizemore singled for the Phillies’ first hit and consecutive strikeouts of Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche followed. Buchanan hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Wright that ended the inning and yielded only a double to Wilmer Flores in the bottom half. DeGrom gave up just a single to Chase Utley in the top of the sixth and Buchanan hurled a perfect bottom of the inning. To begin the top of the seventh, Byrd singled and Sizemore reached on an error by first baseman Duda. Ruiz fouled out to catcher d’Arnaud on a bunt attempt and Asche singled to drive home Byrd, tying the game at 1-1. Pinch-hitter Domonic Brown then grounded back to deGrom for an inning-ending double play.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, den Dekker drew a walk against Philadelphia reliever Jake Diekman. Dilson Herrera was retired on a line drive to second baseman Utley. Den Dekker stole second base and Flores got hit by a pitch. Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell drew a walk to load the bases and Justin De Fratus came in to pitch for the Phils. Juan Lagares hit a fly ball that Sizemore dropped for an error, allowing den Dekker and Flores to come home for a 3-1 Mets lead. With Curtis Granderson at bat, Lagares moved to second base and Campbell scored the fourth New York run on a double steal. De Fratus then retired Granderson on a ground ball to Utley for the inning’s third out.

Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia gave up just a single to Utley in the top of the eighth. De Fratus and the Phillies’ Mario Hollands combined for a perfect bottom half and New York’s Jenrry Mejia struck out Byrd to begin the top of the ninth. Sizemore reached on second baseman Herrera’s error and Ruiz was called out on strikes. Mejia then fanned Asche for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.