August 6, 2013: Lagares and Young Give Mets Win

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Date: August 6, 2013
Mets starter: Jenrry Mejia
Mets: 3
Rockies: 2
Winning pitcher: Scott Atchison
Key player(s): Juan Lagares, Eric Young, Ike Davis
Key play: Lagares’s triple, Young’s run in 8th, Young’s and Davis’s diving catches

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Juan Lagares drove in three runs, the last with some bold base running by Eric Young, for a 3-2 Mets win over Colorado.

Mets’ starter Jenrry Mejia hurled a scoreless top of the first inning. Daniel Murphy singled against the Rockies’ Chad Bettis with one out in the bottom half. Marlon Byrd hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Nolan Arenado and a double by Ike Davis followed. Lagares tripled to drive home Byrd and Davis for a 2-0 Mets lead. Wilmer Flores (in his first major league at bat on his 22nd birthday) then grounded back to Bettis for the third out.

Mejia and Bettis each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Wilin Rosario singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Todd Helton reached on an error by first baseman Davis that advanced Rosario to third base. Arenado followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Rosario with the Rockies’ first run of the game. D. J. LeMahieu hit a ground ball to second baseman Murphy for an inning-ending double play. Bettis then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitting for Bettis to begin the top of the sixth, Charlie Blackmon hit a foul ball that struck home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez in the throat. Gonzalez was forced to leave the game. Blackmon followed with a home run against Mejia to tie the game at 2-2. Dexter Fowler flied out to center fielder Lagares and a single by Corey Dickerson ensued. Troy Tulowitzki reached on third baseman Flores’s error and a walk to Michael Cuddyer loaded the bases. Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres retired Rosario on a fly ball to Lagares. Helton hit a line drive on which left fielder Young made a diving catch to end the inning. Colorado reliever Adam Ottavino then surrendered only a walk to Davis in the bottom half.

Torres set down the Mountain Men in order in the top of the seventh. Rockies’ reliever Wilton Lopez hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Fowler drew a walk against New York’s Scott Atchison to lead off the top of the eighth. Dickerson went down on strikes and Tulowitzki lined out to right fielder Byrd. With Cuddyer at the plate, Fowler stole second base. Atchison then struck out Cuddyer to finish off the inning.

Young hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth. Murphy flied out to left fielder Dickerson. Byrd was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Fowler, after which Young advanced to second base. Davis was given an intentional walk and Lagares followed with an infield single. On Lagares’s hit, Young came around to score from second and give the Mets a one-run lead. Lopez then got Flores to ground out to shortstop Tulowitzki and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins retired Rosario and Helton on infield pop-ups to start the top of the ninth. Arenado followed with a single to center field. LeMahieu hit a single to send pinch-runner Jonathan Herrera to third base. Hawkins then got pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba to hit a foul line drive on which Davis made a diving catch for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to begin the series.