June 1, 2014: Duda Blasts Phils in 11th

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Date: June 1, 2014
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Josh Edgin
Key player(s): Jonathon Niese, Josh Edgin, Lucas Duda
Key play: Duda’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played an extra-inning game for the third day in a row. In the 11th, Lucas Duda hammered a two-run homer to put the Mets over the top for a 4-3 win.

Jonathon Niese and the Phils’ Cole Hamels each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. To begin the top of the fourth, David Wright doubled and advanced to third base on Eric Campbell’s infield single. Chris Young was retired on a foul pop-up to third baseman Reid Brignac, after which Wright came home with the first run of the game. Curtis Granderson drew a walk and Ruben Tejada grounded out to second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Travis d'Arnaud was walked intentionally to load the bases. Hamels then got Niese on a grounder to Hernandez that ended the inning.

Carlos Ruiz got a double with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Ryan Howard followed with a home run to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. John Mayberry fouled out to first baseman Campbell and a fly ball by Hernandez was caught by right fielder Granderson to finish off the inning. Hamels set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth and hit a one-out single in the bottom half. Ben Revere drew a walk and Niese got Jimmie Rollins to hit a ground ball to shortstop Tejada for an inning-ending double play.

Campbell got a leadoff double in the top of the sixth. Young reached on a throwing error by shortstop Rollins that allowed Campbell to move to third base. Granderson followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Campbell and tie the game at 2-2. Tejada was retired on a grounder to Rollins and an intentional walk to d’Arnaud ensued. Hamels threw a called third strike past Niese to close out the inning. Jonathon then held the Phils to a single by Ruiz in the bottom half.

With two runners on base and one out in the top of the seventh, Hamels fanned both Campbell and Young for the inning’s final outs. A bunt single by Hernandez opened the bottom half. Hernandez went to second base on Brignac’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by pinch-hitter Domonic Brown. On his own hit, Brown got caught between bases and was tagged out by second baseman Daniel Murphy. Revere the grounded back to Niese for the third out of the inning.

Philadelphia reliever Cesar Jimenez hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Niese retired the side in order in the bottom half and the Phillies’ Jonathon Papelbon pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Mets’ relievers Scott Rice and Vic Black combined to retire the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and the Phils’ Justin De Fratus set down all three batters in the top of the 10th. New York’s Josh Edgin then struck out the side in order in the bottom of the inning.

Phillies’ reliever Phillippe Aumont struck out Granderson to start the top of the 11th. Tejada flied out to right fielder Marlon Byrd and a walk to d’Arnaud followed. Duda came to bat and walloped a home run to put the Mets ahead, 4-2. Aumont fanned Edgin to end the inning and Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia retired Rollins on a line drive to center fielder Young to begin the bottom half. Byrd hit a homer and Ruiz fouled out to first baseman Duda. Mejia then got Ryan Howard to ground out to Duda and bring the game to an end. After dropping a 14-inning encounter to the Phils two nights earlier, the Mets had their second straight extra-inning victory over the Philadelphia team.