July 4, 2014: D'Arnaud Gives Mets Holiday Win

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Date: July 4, 2014
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 6
Rangers: 5
Winning pitcher: Jenrry Mejia
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, Eric Campbell, Travis d'Arnaud
Key play: Duda’s home run, Campbell’s and d’Arnaud’s doubles

The Mets faced the Rangers on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game holiday weekend series. Travis d'Arnaud hit a two-run double in the eighth inning for a 6-5 Mets win over Texas.

Leading off the top of the first inning, Shin-Soo Choo hit a home run against Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese. Elvis Andrus singled and Alex Rios followed with a line drive that struck Niese in the back. Jonathon recovered to throw to first baseman Lucas Duda for an out, but had to leave the game with an injury. New York reliever Carlos Torres retired Adrian Beltre and Chris Gimenez on infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs and Curtis Granderson got a one-out double against the Rangers’ Yu Darvish in the bottom half. Daniel Murphy went down on strikes and Bobby Abreu singled to drive home Granderson. Duda slugged a two-run homer that put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Eric Campbell hit a single and Darvish struck out d’Arnaud to end the inning.

After a scoreless second, Choo drew a walk to lead off the top of the third. Andrus singled and Rios hit a single to bring home Choo. Beltre flied out to center fielder Granderson and a pop-up by Gimenez was caught by shortstop Ruben Tejada. Rougned Odor was struck out to end the inning and Darvish pitched a perfect bottom half. Torres yielded only a double to Darvish in the top of the fourth and Duda walked to open the bottom of the inning. Campbell hit a double to plate Duda for a 4-2 Mets lead. D’Arnaud drew a walk and Tejada flied out to center fielder Daniel Robertson. Torres’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Eric Young then grounded back to Darvish to close out the inning.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, Beltre homered to reduce the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Torres retired Gimenez on a grounder to Tejada that ended the inning and Darvish set down the side in order in the bottom half. Odor singled against Mets’ reliever Vic Black to begin the top of the sixth. With Adam Rosales at bat, Odor got caught in a rundown via Black’s pickoff throw and was tagged out by Tejada. Rosales flied out to Granderson and a single by Robertson ensued. Pinch-hitter Carlos Pena drew a walk and Black threw a called third strike past Choo to finish off the inning. Texas reliever Neftali Feliz then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Against Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia, Andrus reached on an error by second baseman Daniel Murphy to lead off the top of the seventh. Andrus moved to second base on Rios’s ground out to third baseman Campbell and to third on an infield single by Beltre. Gimenez grounded out to Campbell to drive home Andrus and tie the game at 4-4. Odor was given an intentional walk and Familia got Rosales to hit a force play ground ball to Tejada for the final out of the inning. Feliz pitched a perfect bottom half and Choo drew a two-out walk against Familia in the top of the eighth. Andrus followed with a single to send Choo to third base and (with Jenrry Mejia on the mound for New York) stole second. Mejia then retired Rios on a grounder to Tejada to end the inning.

Abreu drew a walk against Rangers’ reliever Aaron Poreda to open the bottom of the eighth. Duda was called out on strikes and Campbell singled off Texas’s Jason Frasor. D’Arnaud followed with a double that plated both Abreu and Campbell, giving the Mets a 6-4 lead. Tejada flied out to Robertson and an intentional walk to Chris Young ensued. Frasor then fanned Mejia to close out the inning.

Beltre flied out to right fielder Granderson (who had shifted from center) to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Leonys Martin drew a walk and Odor lined out to left fielder Chris Young. Martin went to second base on catcher d’Arnaud’s passed ball and scored the Rangers’ fifth run on a single by Rosales. Mejia then retired pinch-hitter Robinson Chirinos on a pop-up to Murphy for the game’s final out. The Mets had begun the weekend with a Fourth-of-July victory.