June 27 and June 28, 2015: Mets Defeat Reds in 13

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Date: June 27 and June 28, 2015
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 2
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda
Key play: Granderson’s home run, Duda’s ground ball in 13th

The Mets faced the Reds on a Saturday (and Sunday) afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. In a game stopped by rain and completed a day later, the Mets emerged with a 2-1 win in 13 innings over Cincinnati.

Matt Harvey and the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Harvey set down the side in order in the top of the third and Curtis Granderson slugged a solo home run with two outs in the bottom half. Ruben Tejada hit a double and Lucas Duda flied out to center fielder Marlon Byrd to end the inning. Harvey hurled a scoreless top of the fourth and Michael Cuddyer got a leadoff double in the bottom half. Wilmer Flores was called out on strikes and Juan Lagares grounded out to second baseman Brandon Phillips. Kevin Plawecki was walked intentionally and Lorenzen threw a called third strike past Harvey for the inning’s third out.

Tucker Barnhart reached second base on right fielder Granderson’s error to begin the top of the fifth. Barnhart advanced to third on Lorenzen’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a double by Phillips, tying the game at 1-1. Joey Votto and Todd Frazier were fanned to close out the inning and Lorenzen shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Harvey gave up just a single to Jay Bruce in the top of the sixth and the Mets loaded the bases with two outs against Lorenzen in the bottom of the inning. Cincinnati reliever Manny Parra then retired Granderson on a fly ball to left fielder Skip Schumaker to end the inning.

The game was suspended for the day due to a heavy thunderstorm. When play resumed on Sunday, Mets’ relievers Carlos Torres, Alex Torres and Hansel Robles teamed up for a scoreless top of the seventh. The Reds’ Ryan Mattheus yielded just a single to Duda in the bottom half and Robles set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Mattheus gave up only a leadoff single to Flores in the bottom of the inning and New York’s Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Cincinnati’s J. J. Hoover then shut down the Mets in the bottom half to send the game onward.

Votto drew a walk to lead off the top of the 10th. Frazier went down on strikes and Bruce hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Dilson Herrera. Byrd got an infield single and Familia retired Schumaker on an inning-ending line drive to third baseman Tejada. Reds’ reliever Burke Badenhop yielded only a single to Plawecki in the bottom half and the Mets’ Logan Verrett hurled a perfect top of the 11th. Cincinnati’s Carlos Contreras then pitched a scoreless half.

Verrett limited the Reds to a single by Frazier in the top of the 12th. Contreras gave up just a bunt single to Lagares in the bottom half and New York’s Bobby Parnell allowed only a single to Ivan DeJesus, Jr. in the top of the 13th. Herrera drew a walk against Reds’ reliever Nathan Adcock to open the bottom of the inning. Herrera went to third base on Granderson’s single and stayed there as Tejada reached on shortstop Eugenio Suarez’s error. With the bases loaded, Duda hit a grounder that was mishandled by first baseman Votto (not ruled an error.) Herrera came home with the winning run on the play. The Mets had a victory that took two days to complete.