July 18, 2014: D'Arnaud Singles in 9th

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Date: July 18, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 5
Padres: 4
Winning pitcher: Jeurys Familia
Key player(s): Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud
Key play: Lagares’s and d’Arnaud’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Padres on a Friday night in San Diego. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Travis d'Arnaud hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning for a 5-4 Mets win.

Curtis Granderson singled against Padres’ starter Ian Kennedy to lead off the top of the first. Daniel Murphy went down on strikes and David Wright lined out to center fielder Will Venable. Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch and d’Arnaud hit a single to drive home Granderson. Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a walk to load the bases and advanced to third on Juan Lagares’s single that scored Duda and d’Arnaud for a 3-0 Mets lead. Kennedy retired Ruben Tejada on a pop-up to second baseman Chris Nelson for the third out. Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Kennedy yielded only a single to Granderson in the top of the second. Colon pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Duda hit a double to begin the top of the third. Lucas went to third base on d’Arnaud’s single and came home with the fourth New York run on Nieuwenhuis’s ground out to Nelson. Lagares lined out to right fielder Seth Smith and an intentional walk to Tejada ensued. Kennedy struck out Colon to finish off the inning. Bartolo then gave up just a single to Alexi Amarista in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless fourth, Kennedy retired all three Mets batters in the top of the fifth. Venable hit a single to open the bottom of the inning. Jake Goebbert walked and a double steal put Padres runners on second and third base. Nelson and Amarista hit back-to-back singles to bring home Venable and Goebbert, respectively. Pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad was called out on strikes and Smith grounded out to first baseman Duda. Chase Headley singled to score both Nelson and Amarista, tying the game at 4-4. Colon then got Carlos Quentin to line out to third baseman Wright and finish off the inning.

San Diego reliever Dale Thayer surrendered only a walk to Tejada in the top of the sixth. The Mets’ Dana Eveland hurled a scoreless bottom half. Thayer and the Padres’ Alex Torres combined for a perfect top of the seventh and Amarista singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Trying to advance on his own hit, Amarista was out via a throw by left fielder Nieuwenhuis to second baseman Murphy. Eveland got pinch-hitter Tommy Medica to ground out to Wright and retired Smith on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Lagares. Tejada hit a two-out double against San Diego’s Kevin Quackenbush in the top of the eighth. Quackenbush got pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu on a ground ball to shortstop Amarista for the final out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Granderson drew a walk against Padres’ reliever Joaquin Benoit to begin the top of the ninth. Curtis moved around to third base on Murphy’s and Wright’s consecutive ground outs to Amarista. Duda was given an intentional walk and d’Arnaud came up to bat. Travis delivered a single to plate Granderson and put the Mets ahead by a run. Benoit then fanned Nieuwenhuis to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia retired Venable on a fly ball to Nieuwenhuis to start the bottom of the ninth. Goebbert was struck out and Nelson singled. Mejia then got Amarista to ground out to Murphy and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to begin the weekend series.