July 20, 2013: Mets Hold Off Phils Rally

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Date: July 20, 2013
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 5
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Gonzalez Germen
Key player(s): Gonzalez Germen, Marlon Byrd, Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles, Germen's strikeout of Delmon Young, Ruf's line out to Murphy

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played a three-hour and thirty-five-minute game in 93-degree weather. The Mets held off a Phils two-out rally in the ninth inning for a 5-4 win.

Jimmie Rollins homered against Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler to lead off the top of the first. Wheeler retired the next three Philadelphia batters and Daniel Murphy doubled with one out in the bottom half. David Wright drew a walk and Marlon Byrd singled to drive home Murphy. Josh Satin walked to load the bases and Juan Lagares hit a single to bring home Wright. Anthony Recker followed with a force play ground ball to third baseman Michael Young that plated Byrd for a 3-1 Mets lead. Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels then got Omar Quintanilla to ground out to second baseman Chase Utley and end the inning.

Wheeler and Hamels each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Hamels and Rollins got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the fifth. Michael Young drew a walk to load the bases and Utley hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Hamels. Domonic Brown flied out to center fielder Lagares and a walk to Darin Ruf reloaded the bases. Wheeler was then replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Gonzalez Germen, who struck out Delmon Young to finish off the inning.

Eric Young hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth. Eric stole second base and advanced to third after Murphy’s fly out to center fielder John Mayberry. Wright singled to score Eric Young and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-2. With Byrd at bat, Wright got caught by Hamels’ pickoff throw and was tagged out at second by Utley. Hamels fanned Byrd for the inning’s final out and Germen pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Phils’ reliever J. C. Ramirez then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Germen and Mets’ reliever Scott Rice combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. Quintanilla drew a walk against Ramirez to open the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Ike Davis walked and Philadelphia’s Jake Diekman struck out Eric Young. Murphy followed with a single that brought home Quintanilla, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Phillies’ reliever Luis Garcia got Wright to hit a force play grounder to Michael Young and struck out Byrd to end the inning. New York’s LaTroy Hawkins gave up only a double to Delmon Young in the top of the eighth. Lagares hit a ground-rule double with one out in the bottom half. Garcia followed up by throwing a called third strike past Recker. Philadelphia’s Antonio Bastardo then fanned Quintanilla to close out the inning.

Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen grounded back to Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell to begin the top of the ninth. Rollins grounded to second baseman Murphy for the inning’s second out and Michael Young reached on an error by first baseman Satin. Utley homered to reduce the Mets’ lead to one run. Brown followed with a double to center field. Parnell then retired Ruf on a line drive to Murphy to bring the game to an end. Fighting off a late Phillies scoring chance, the Mets had come away with a victory.