August 7, 2015: Two Runs in 9th Beat Rays

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Date: August 7, 2015
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 4
Rays: 3
Winning pitcher: Tyler Clippard
Key player(s): Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Juan Uribe, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Uribe’s and Murphy’s home runs, Conforto’s double, Flores’s RBI single

The Met faced the Rays on a Friday night in St. Petersburg, Florida. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored two runs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Jacob deGrom and the Rays’ Jake Odorizzi each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Odorizzi set down the side in order in the top of the fourth and Grady Sizemore hit a home run to lead off the bottom half. Evan Longoria flied out to right fielder Curtis Granderson and a double by James Loney followed. DeGrom then struck out both Logan Forsythe and Asdrubal Cabrera to finish off the inning.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Juan Uribe slugged a solo homer against Odorizzi with one out in the top of the seventh. Michael Conforto popped out to first baseman Loney and a walk to Travis d'Arnaud ensued. Tampa Bay reliever Steve Geltz retired Kelly Johnson on a pop-up to third baseman Longoria that ended the inning. To begin the bottom half, Loney homered against deGrom for a 2-1 Rays lead. Forsythe was struck out and Cabrera hit a double. Mets’ reliever Eric O'Flaherty hit pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer with a pitch and got Kevin Kiermaier on a pop-up to shortstop Wilmer Flores. Curt Casali walked against New York’s Bobby Parnell to load the bases. Parnell then retired John Jaso on a fly ball to left fielder Conforto for the inning’s final out.

Against Tampa Bay reliever Jake McGee, Daniel Murphy hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the top of the eighth. McGee threw a called third strike past Yoenis Cespedes to end the inning and Longoria homered against the Mets’ Tyler Clippard with one out in the bottom half, putting the Rays back in front by a run. Clippard then retired Loney on a grounder to first baseman Lucas Duda and fanned Forsythe to close out the inning.

Duda reached on an error by Rays’ reliever Brad Boxberger to begin the top of the ninth. Lucas advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Uribe fouled out to Loney. Conforto followed with a double that drove home Duda and tied the game at 3-3. D’Arnaud got an infield single and Johnson lined out to shortstop Cabrera. Flores singled to plate Conforto and give the Mets a one-run lead. Tampa Bay’s Alex Colome then struck out Granderson to end the inning.

Cabrera singled against Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia to lead off the top of the ninth. Guyer hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Uribe and moved to second on Kiermaier’s ground out to Flores. Familia then struck out Casali to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory to start the weekend interleague series.