June 12, 2013: Three Homers Lead Mets Over Cards

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Date: June 12, 2013
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 5
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, David Wright, Marlon Byrd
Key play: Duda’s single, Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played in front of 23,331 fans on hand. The Mets slugged three home runs in a 5-1 win over St. Louis.

Mets’ starter Dillon Gee pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, David Wright hit a double against the Cards’ Shelby Miller. Daniel Murphy singled to bring home Wright with the first run of the game. Lucas Duda followed with a single on which Murphy scored all the way from first base for a 2-0 Mets lead. Miller then struck out Marlon Byrd to finish off the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Gee held the Redbirds to a single by Yadier Molina in the top of the fourth. Duda homered with one out in the bottom half to increase the Mets’ lead to three runs. Byrd was called out on strikes and Miller retired John Buck on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Carlos Beltran. Gee set down all three St. Louis batters in the top of the fifth. Miller then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Allen Craig homered for the Cardinals’ first run. Molina hit a double and David Freese went down on strikes. Gee fanned Jon Jay for the inning’s final out and Wright hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the inning. Murphy was retired on a foul pop-up to catcher Molina. Miller then got Duda on a fly ball to center fielder Jay for the inning’s final out.

Gee issued a two-out walk to Matt Carpenter in the top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice got Beltran on a force play ground ball to shortstop Omar Quintanilla for the third out of the inning. Leading off the bottom half, Byrd homered against the Cards’ Seth Maness for the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Buck and Kirk Nieuwenhuis were retired on infield ground balls and Maness threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Joshua Satin to close out the inning. Mets’ reliever Brandon Lyon hurled a perfect top of the eighth. For St. Louis, Edward Mujica pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell got Freese on a grounder to second baseman Jordany Valdespin to begin the top of the ninth. Jay was retired on a line drive to right fielder Byrd. Parnell then got Kozma to fly out to Byrd and end the game. The Mets had a victory on the strength of three home runs.