June 21, 2013: Mets Come Back for Win Over Phils

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Date: June 21, 2013
Mets starter: Jeremy Hefner
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Jeremy Hefner
Key player(s): Eric Young, Juan Lagares
Key play: Young’s single, Lagares’s RBI double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Coming back from a three-run deficit, the Mets emerged with a 4-3 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Phils’ starter Cole Hamels shut down the Mets again in the top of the second. Ryan Howard doubled against New York’s Jeremy Hefner to begin the bottom half. Domonic Brown hit a double that scored Howard and advanced to third base on a single by Delmon Young. Ben Revere grounded out to second baseman Daniel Murphy to drive home Brown and a single by Carlos Ruiz ensued. Hamels’ sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Jimmie Rollins reached on an error by Murphy that allowed Revere to come home for a 3-0 Phillies lead. Hefner then struck out Chase Utley to end the inning.

Hamels pitched a perfect top of the third. Hefner held the Phils to a single by Brown in the bottom half and Eric Young hit a leadoff double in the top of the fourth. Murphy went down on strikes and David Wright singled to drive home Eric Young. Marlon Byrd followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Rollins. Lucas Duda grounded out to Rollins to finish off the inning. Hefner then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Juan Lagares doubled with one out the top of the fifth. Omar Quintanilla got an infield single and moved to second base on Hefner’s sacrifice bunt. Eric Young singled to drive home Lagares and Quintanilla, tying the game at 3-3. Murphy hit a single and Wright grounded back to Hamels for the third out of the inning. The Phillies then failed to score after loading the bases against Hefner in the bottom half.

Duda drew a one-out walk in the top of the sixth. Anthony Recker was struck out and Lagares hit a double that score Duda for a one-run Mets lead. Quintanilla was walked intentionally and Hamels fanned Hefner to close out the inning. Jeremy pitched a scoreless bottom half and Philadelphia reliever Justin DeFratus surrendered only a walk to Murphy in the top of the seventh. For New York, reliever Scott Rice recorded a pair of strikeouts in hurling a scoreless bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, Lagares singled against Phils’ reliever Jake Diekman. Quintanilla hit a single and Diekman got pinch-hitter Andrew Brown on an inning-ending force play ground ball to Rollins. Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres retired the side in order in the bottom half and the Phils’ Michael Stutes walked Eric Young to open the top of the ninth. Murphy hit a double play grounder to Rollins. Stutes then threw a called third strike past Wright for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired Utley on a grounder to Murphy to start the bottom of the ninth. Michael Young grounded out to shortstop Quintanilla. Parnell then struck out Howard to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory to begin the weekend series.