July 29, 2015: Duda Hits Three Homers

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Date: July 29, 2015
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 3
Padres: 7
Winning pitcher: Tyson Ross
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, Justin Upton, Yonder Alonso, Yangervis Solarte
Key play: Padres six runs in first three innings, Duda's three homers

The Mets faced the Padres on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Lucas Duda hit three home runs in a 7-3 Mets defeat to San Diego.

To open the top of the first inning, Will Venable singled and advanced to third base on a single by Yangervis Solarte. Matt Kemp hit a single to score Venable and move Solarte to third. Justin Upton followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Solarte for a two-run Padres lead. Mets' starter Bartolo Colon retired Yonder Alonso on a fly ball to left fielder Michael Conforto and threw a called third strike past Jedd Gyorko for the third out. San Diego's Tyson Ross then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Austin Hedges got a one-out single in the top of the second. Hedges went to second base on Ross's sacrifice bunt and came home on Venable's single. Venable stole second base and scored on a single by Solarte, increasing the San Diego lead to 4-0. Kemp grounded out to third baseman Daniel Murphy to end the inning and Duda homered to lead off the bottom half. Conforto grounded out to second baseman Gyorko and a fly ball by Kirk Nieuwenhuis was caught by left fielder Upton. Wilmer Flores singled and Ross struck out Anthony Recker to finish off the inning.

Upton and Alonso began the top of the third with consecutive home runs against Colon. Gyorko singled and Alexi Amarista lined out to center fielder Nieuwenhuis. Hedges hit a single and Mets' reliever Alex Torres retired Ross on a fly ball to right fielder Curtis Granderson. Torres retired Venable on a grounder to Murphy that closed out the inning. Ross then surrendered just a walk to Granderson in the bottom half.

Ross and Torres each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Solarte doubled against Mets' reliever Bobby Parnell to lead off the top of the sixth. Kemp flied out to Conforto and a single by Upton drove home Solarte, extending the Padres' lead to 7-1. Alonso grounded back to Parnell for an inning-ending double play and Duda slugged a solo homer against San Diego's Kevin Quackenbush with two outs in the bottom half. Quackenbush then threw a called third strike past Conforto for the inning's final out.

Mets' reliever Sean Gilmartin recorded five strikeouts in pitching scoreless seventh and eighth innings. Quackenbush and San Diego's Dale Thayer hurled scoreless bottom halves and New York's Hansel Robles recorded three consecutive strikeouts in shutting down the Padres in the top of the ninth. Leading off the bottom of the inning against San Diego's Marcos Mateo, Duda connected for his third home run of the game. Conforto took a called third strike and Nieuwenhuis was hit by a pitch. Mateo then got pinch-hitter Ruben Tejada on a double play grounder to shortstop Amarista that brought the game to an end. The Mets had suffered defeat despite Lucas's three homers.

Notes

  • Duda became the eleventh Mets player to hit three home runs in one game.