June 22, 2011: Mets Defeat Athletics in 13 Innings

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Date: June 22, 2011
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 3
Athletics: 2
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): R. A. Dickey, Conor Jackson, Justin Turner
Key play: Turner’s single in 8th, Jackson’s single in 9th, Turner’s hit-by-pitch in 13th

The Mets played the Athletics on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The interleague game went into extra innings and lasted four hours. The Mets came away with a 3-2 win in 13 innings over Oakland.

Mets’ starter R. A. Dickey and the Athletics’ Gio Gonzalez each pitched a perfect first inning. The A’s were held to one hit by Dickey in a scoreless top of the second. In the bottom half, Scott Hairston hit a one-out double and moved to third base on Ronny Paulino’s infield single. Lucas Duda singled to right field to score Hairston for a 1-0 Mets lead. Gonzalez then struck out Ruben Tejada and Dickey to close out the inning.

Dickey and Gonzalez pitched scoreless third and fourth innings. To start the top of the fifth, R. A. got Ryan Sweeney for his sixth strikeout of the game. An ensuing home run by Kurt Suzuki tied the game for Oakland. Dickey threw a called third strike past Scott Sizemore and threw out Gonzalez on a ground ball to end the inning. Gonzalez then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

In the sixth, Dickey set down the Athletics in order and Gonzalez struck out all three Mets to come to bat. After a scoreless seventh inning, Dickey pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Jose Reyes hit a triple off Oakland reliever Joey Devine with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Justin Turner singled to drive home Reyes and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. On a third strike to Carlos Beltran, Turner stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Suzuki. Devine then struck out Jason Bay to end the inning.

Coco Crisp doubled off Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez with one out in the top of the ninth. Hideki Matsui struck out and Crisp stole third base. A single by Conor Jackson brought home Crisp to tie the game. Sweeney flied out to center fielder Angel Pagan to end the inning. A’s reliever Craig Breslow then pitched a scoreless bottom half to send the game onward.

The Mets’ Jason Isringhausen and Oakland’s Brian Fuentes each pitched a scoreless 10th inning. Tim Byrdak and Pedro Beato combined to shut down the Athletics in the top of the 11th. The Mets failed to score against the A’s Michael Wuertz in the bottom of the inning. Beato struck out two batters in a scoreless top of the 12th. The Mets loaded the bases, but did not score against Athletics’ reliever Brad Ziegler in the bottom half. Bobby Parnell then pitched a perfect top of the 13th.

Duda and Daniel Murphy got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning. Pagan flied out to left fielder Matsui and an intentional walk to Reyes loaded the bases. Ziegler then hit Turner with a pitch to force home Duda to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.