July 2, 2013: Seven Runs in 7th Drown D'Backs

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Date: July 2, 2013
Mets starter: Jeremy Hefner
Mets: 9
Diamondbacks: 1
Winning pitcher: Jeremy Hefner
Key player(s): Josh Satin, Anthony Recker, Omar Quintanilla
Key play: Recker’s home run and single, Satin’s double, Quintanilla’s singles

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second game of a series. Amid a rain delay, the Mets scored seven runs in the seventh inning for a 9-1 win over Arizona.

Jeremy Hefner and Diamondbacks’ starter Patrick Corbin each pitched four scoreless innings to start the game. Hefner retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom half, Anthony Recker hit a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Omar Quintanilla flied out to left fielder Jason Kubel to end the inning and Hefner gave up only a double to Miguel Montero in the top of the sixth. Juan Lagares doubled with two outs in the bottom half. On his own hit, Lagares was out via a relay throw by second baseman Aaron Hill to third baseman Martin Prado to end the inning.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Prado homered to tie the game at 1-1. Hefner set down the next two D’Backs hitters for the inning’s final outs and David Wright singled against Corbin to lead off the bottom half. Wright advanced to third base on Marlon Byrd’s double and came home on a double by Josh Satin. A walk to Andrew Brown loaded the bases. Rain then came down and delayed the game for more that an hour.

When play resumed, Brad Ziegler came in to pitch for Arizona. Recker greeted Ziegler with a single that drove home Byrd. Quintanilla singled to score Satin and Brown, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy hit a ground ball on which first baseman Paul Goldschmidt threw to catcher Montero for an out at home on Recker. Eric Young followed with a double that plated Quintanilla and Murphy. Lagares singled against Arizona reliever Will Harris to score Young for seven runs in the inning and an 8-1 New York lead. Harris then got Wright and Byrd on consecutive infield ground balls to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins yielded just a single to Goldschmidt in the top of the eighth. Satin drew a walk against Snakes’ reliever Chaz Roe to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled and Recker hit a grounder to shortstop Didi Gregorius for a double play. Quintanilla hit a single to bring home Satin with the ninth New York run. Roe then retired Murphy on a fly ball to right fielder Cody Ross that closed out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Brandon Lyon retired Ross on a fly ball to right fielder Byrd to open the top of the ninth. Kubel drew a walk and Prado singled to center field. Lyon threw a called third strike past Gregorius. Brandon then got Eric Chavez to pop out to shortstop Quintanilla and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory on a rainy night.