June 27, 2010: Three Home Runs Lead Mets Over Twins

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Date: June 27, 2010
Mets starter: Jon Niese
Mets: 6
Twins: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Niese
Key player(s): Jeff Francoeur, David Wright, Ike Davis
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Twins on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams completed a three-game interleague series in front of 37,644 fans. On the strength of three home runs, the Mets came away with a 6-0 win.

In the first inning, both teams failed to score after putting two runners on base. Jon Niese and Minnesota starter Scott Baker each pitched a scoreless second. In the top of the third, Niese set down the Twins in order with a strikeout of Baker and two infield grounders. Baker then fanned Niese in shutting down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Niese recorded his third straight perfect inning in the top of the fourth. Ike Davis singled to start the bottom half. Baker retired the next two hitters and Jeff Francoeur homered to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Ruben Tejada followed with a single to left field. Baker then got Niese on a called third strike for the final out of the inning.

Danny Valencia and Jason Repko got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the fifth. Nick Punto’s ground out to first baseman Davis moved the runners to second and third. Niese followed up by striking out Baker for the second time in the game. Jon then retired Denard Span on a ground ball to Davis to end the inning.

Jesus Feliciano hit a one-out double in the bottom of the fifth. An ensuing home run by David Wright stretched the Met lead to 4-0. Davis hit a homer for the Mets’ fifth run. Jason Bay followed with a triple to center field. Baker was then replaced on the mound by Twins’ reliever Alex Burnett.

Rod Barajas greeted Burnett with a single that brought home Bay. Francoeur singled and Tejada flied out to right fielder Repko. Niese drew a walk to load the bases. Minnesota’s Ron Mahay then retired Jose Reyes on a fly ball to Repko for the third out.

In the top of the sixth, Orlando Hudson singled to lead off the inning. Niese walked Joe Mauer and struck out Michael Cuddyer. Delmon Young hit a ground ball to shortstop Reyes for an inning-ending double play. Mahay then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

After a leadoff walk to Valencia in the top of the seventh, Niese was taken out of the game. Mets’ reliever Elmer Dessens retired Repko on a fly ball to left fielder Bay and yielded a single to Punto. Dessens struck out pinch-hitter Jim Thome and a single by Span loaded the bases. Hudson then grounded out to Davis at first to end the inning.

For the Twins, Matt Gurrier pitched a perfect bottom of the seventh. Pedro Feliciano set down Minnesota 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Jose Mijares retired the first two Met batters on pop-ups to shortstop Punto to start the bottom of the inning. Mijares then retired Jesus Feliciano on a grounder back to the mound for the third out.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell set down the first two hitters in the top of the ninth inning. Punto followed with a single to center field. Parnell then struck out pinch-hitter Jason Kubel to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory that featured three home runs.