July 8, 2014: Mets Win 4,000th Game

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Date: July 8, 2014
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 8
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda
Key play: Granderson’s home run, Murphy’s two-run double, Duda’s double

The Mets faced the Braves on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of four games in a series. The Mets recorded the 4,000th regular season win in team history with an 8-3 victory over Atlanta.

Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Curtis Granderson slugged a home run against the Braves’ Julio Teheran. Daniel Murphy went down on strikes and David Wright flied out to right fielder Jason Heyward. Lucas Duda drew a walk and Juan Lagares singled. Teheran retired Travis d'Arnaud on a fly ball to center fielder B. J. Upton for the inning’s third out and DeGrom struck out the side in a scoreless top of the second. Jacob got a single with one out in the bottom half. Eric Young flied out to Heyward and a single by Granderson ensued. Murphy doubled to drive home both deGrom and Granderson. Wright followed with a single to score Murphy and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Duda singled and Teheran struck out Lagares to end the inning.

DeGrom gave up only a single to B. J. Upton in the top of the third. D’Arnaud hit a single to begin the bottom half. Ruben Tejada singled and deGrom grounded to first baseman Freddie Freeman for a double play. Young singled to bring home d’Arnaud for a 5-0 Mets lead. Teheran then retired Granderson on a fly ball to left fielder Justin Upton to close out the inning.

DeGrom yielded just a single to Heyward in the top of the fourth. Teheran and Atlanta reliever David Hale combined for a scoreless bottom half and Jacob struck out the side in order in the top of the fifth. Hale hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Freeman singled with two outs in the top of the sixth. Justin Upton hit a single and deGrom retired Heyward on an inning-ending line drive to third baseman Wright. Murphy got a one-out double in the bottom half. Daniel advanced to third base on catcher Christian Bethancourt’s passed ball and Wright grounded out to shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Duda doubled to plate Murphy and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Hale then got Lagares to line out to Heyward and finish off the inning.

DeGrom fanned pinch-hitter Dan Uggla for his eleventh strikeout to end a scoreless top of the seventh. D’Arnaud and Tejada got back-to-back singles against Braves’ reliever David Carpenter to open the bottom half. With pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis at bat, Tejada was out at second base on Bethancourt’s throw to Simmons as d’Arnaud went to third. Nieuwenhuis followed with a double to score d’Arnaud for a 7-0 Mets lead. Young grounded out to second baseman Tommy LaStella to advance Nieuwenhuis to third. Carpenter then struck out Granderson to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Buddy Carlyle struck out B. J. Upton to begin the top of the eighth. Simmons drew a walk and Carlyle fanned Freeman. Justin Upton hit a single and Heyward singled against New York’s Dana Eveland to drive home Simmons. Eveland got Chris Johnson on a ground ball to Wright that ended the inning. Duda doubled with two outs in the bottom half. Lagares hit a single to plate Duda for an 8-1 Mets lead. Carpenter then retired d’Arnaud on a line drive to LaStella for the inning’s final out.

LaStella singled against Eveland to lead off the top of the ninth. Bethancourt hit a single and pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit flied out to center fielder Lagares. B. J. Upton got an infield single to load the bases and Jeurys Familia came in to pitch for the Mets. Simmons hit a grounder on which catcher d’Arnaud recorded a force out at home on LaStella. Freeman singled to bring home Bethancourt and B. J. Upton with the second and third Atlanta runs. Familia then struck out Justin Upton to end the game. The Mets had their 4,000th all-time victory.