July 30, 2013: Buck's Single in 10th Beats Marlins

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Date: July 30, 2013
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 4
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: Scott Atchison
Key player(s): Zack Wheeler, Juan Lagares, John Buck
Key play: Lagares’s triple, Buck’s single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Tuesday night in Miami. The teams played the second of four games in a series. John Buck hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give the Mets a 4-2 win.

Zack Wheeler and the Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Wheeler retired all nine Miami batters while Eovaldi gave up a single to Juan Lagares and a pair of walks. A double by David Wright began the top of the fourth. Wright advanced to third base after Marlon Byrd’s fly out to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Ike Davis popped out to second baseman Donovan Solano and a walk to Buck followed. Lagares hit a triple to drive home Wright and Buck for a 2-0 Mets lead. Omar Quintanilla was walked intentionally and Eovaldi retired Wheeler on a fly ball to left fielder Christian Yelich to end the inning. Zack then limited the Fish to a walk to Stanton in the bottom half.

Eric Young drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth. Young stole second base as Daniel Murphy was struck out. Eovaldi fanned both Wright and Byrd to close out the inning and Wheeler surrendered only a walk to Jake Marisnick in the bottom half. Eovaldi held the Mets to a single by Lagares in the top of the sixth and Wheeler hurled a perfect bottom of the inning. Murphy singled against Marlins’ reliever Dan Jennings with two outs in the top of the seventh. Miami’s Steven Ames (in his major league debut) then got Wright to fly out to center fielder Marisnick and finish off the inning.

Stanton went down on strikes to open the bottom of the seventh. Logan Morrison drew a walk and Ed Lucas singled for the Marlins’ first hit of the game. Solano singled to drive home Morrison and send Lucas to third base. Marisnick followed with a single that plated Lucas and tied the game at 2-2. Wheeler then got Jeff Mathis to hit a ground ball to shortstop Quintanilla for an inning-ending double play.

Leading off the top of the eighth, Byrd tripled against Fish reliever Chad Qualls. Davis went down on strikes and Buck grounded out to third baseman Lucas. Lagares drew a walk and Qualls struck out Quintanilla to end the inning. Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins hurled a scoreless bottom half and Miami’s Steve Cishek set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Morrison drew a walk against New York’s Scott Atchison to lead off the bottom of the inning. Atchison then recorded outs on each of the next three hitters to send the game onward.

Wright hit a single to begin the top of the 10th. Byrd singled and Davis drew a walk to load the bases. Buck delivered a single that brought home Wright and Byrd, putting the Mets ahead by two runs. A sacrifice bunt by Lagares moved the runners to second and third base. Quintanilla was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Josh Satin hit a grounder on which Lucas threw to catcher Mathis for an out at home on Davis. Cishek then got Young to ground out to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired Mathis on a grounder to second baseman Murphy to start the bottom of the 10th. Pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano grounded out to third baseman Wright and a walk to Yelich ensued. Parnell then got Hechavarria on a ground ball to Quintanilla for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.