July 29, 2013: Mets Rebound to Overcome Fish

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Date: July 29, 2013
Mets starter: Jeremy Hefner
Mets: 6
Marlins: 5
Winning pitcher: David Aardsma
Key player(s): Daniel Murphy, Marlon Byrd, Ike Davis
Key play: Murphy’s two singles, Byrd’s single, Davis’s double

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Monday night in Miami. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. After squandering a three-run lead, the Mets came up with three runs in the seventh inning for a 6-5 win.

Jeremy Hefner and the Marlins’ Jacob Turner each started the game with two scoreless and hitless innings pitched. Anthony Recker and Omar Quintanilla got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the third. Hefner went down on strikes and Eric Young’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Daniel Murphy followed with a single that scored Recker and Quintanilla for a 2-0 Mets lead. David Wright doubled to bring home Murphy with the third New York run. Turner retired Marlon Byrd on a line drive to center fielder Jake Marisnick for the inning’s final out. Hefner then shut down the Fish in the bottom half.

Turner hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Giancarlo Stanton doubled for the Marlins’ first hit of the game. Logan Morrison lined out to left fielder Young and a triple by Ed Lucas drove home Stanton. Donovan Solano was hit by a pitch and Marisnick drew a walk to load the bases. Jeff Mathis was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Murphy. Turner hit a ground ball on which shortstop Quintanilla made an error that allowed Lucas and Solano to come home, tying the game at 3-3. On the play, Marisnick got caught between bases and was tagged out by third baseman Wright to end the inning.

Following a scoreless fifth, Turner set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Lucas drew a walk against Hefner to begin the bottom half. Solano flied out to Young and a single by Marisnick advanced Lucas to third base. On his own hit, Marisnick moved to second via a throw. Mathis hit a single (and went to second on a throw) to plate both Lucas and Marisnick for a 5-3 Miami lead. Mets’ reliever David Aardsma retired Turner on a line drive to center fielder Juan Lagares after which Mathis advanced to third. Aardsma then got Adeiny Hechavarria to foul out to Wright and finish off the inning.

Turner retired pinch-hitter Josh Satin on a grounder to shortstop Hechavarria to open the top of the seventh. Against Marlins’ reliever Mike Dunn, Young doubled and came around to score on a single by Murphy. Miami’s A. J. Ramos got Wright to fly out to right fielder Stanton. With Byrd at bat, Murphy stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch. Byrd singled to score Murphy and tie the game at 5-5. Ike Davis followed with a double to drive home Byrd and put the Mets ahead by a run. Ramos retired Lagares on an inning-ending ground ball to Hechavarria. Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Ramos set down the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. New York’s LaTroy Hawkins hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and the Marlins’ Ryan Webb yielded only a single to Wright in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell threw a called third strike past Mathis to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs singled and Hechavarria was struck out. With Christian Yelich at the plate, pinch-runner Juan Pierre stole second base. Pierre went to third on defensive indifference as Yelich drew a walk. Parnell then retired Stanton on a grounder to Murphy to end the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory.