June 29, 2013: Gee Leads Seven-Hitter Over Nats

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Date: June 29, 2013
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 5
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Marlon Byrd, John Buck, Carlos Torres
Key play: Zimmerman’s errors, Buck’s single, Byrd’s single

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played in front of 26,426 fans on hand. Dillon Gee and two relievers teamed up for a seven-hitter in a 5-1 Mets win over Washington.

Gee and the Nats’ Taylor Jordan (in his major league debut) each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Dillon gave up two hits and two walks while Jordan yielded a single to Daniel Murphy in addition to a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Gee struck out Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond to begin the top of the fourth. Roger Bernadina hit a double to right field. Kurt Suzuki followed with a single that drove home Bernadina. On his own hit, Suzuki was out on catcher John Buck’s throw to second baseman Murphy to end the inning.

Marlon Byrd reached on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s error to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Josh Satin drew a walk and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Anthony Rendon. Buck singled to drive home Byrd and tie the game at 1-1. Omar Quintanilla got an infield single to load the bases and Gee fouled out to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Jordan then retired Eric Young on a grounder to LaRoche for the inning’s final out.

Gee yielded only a single to Jordan in the top of the fifth. To open the bottom half, Murphy singled and moved to second base on David Wright’s ground out to shortstop Desmond. Byrd reached on Zimmerman’s second error of the game. On the play, Murphy came home with the go-ahead run via an error by Desmond. Satin hit a single to send Byrd to third and Jordan was replaced on the mound by Washington reliever Craig Stammen. Nieuwenhuis hit a sacrifice fly to score Byrd and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Stammen then got Buck to line out to Rendon and finish off the inning.

Gee held the Nats to a single by Werth in the top of the sixth. Quintanilla hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Omar advanced to third base as pinch-hitter Andrew Brown was out at first on an uncaught third strike. Young followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Quintanilla for a 4-1 Mets lead. Murphy tripled and Wright was hit by a pitch. Byrd hit a single to bring home Murphy with the fifth New York run. Stammen then got Satin on a ground ball to Zimmerman for the third out of the inning.

Suzuki hit a one-out double against Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi lined out to third baseman Wright and a walk to Denard Span ensued. Rendon grounded out to Wright to end the inning and Nationals’ reliever Fernando Abad set down the side on three consecutive outfield fly balls in the bottom half. Torres fanned all three Washington batters in the top of the eighth. Abad then yielded only a single to Young in the bottom of the inning.

Desmond drew a walk against Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins to begin the top of the ninth. Bernadina went down on strikes. Hawkins then got Suzuki to hit a grounder to shortstop Quintanilla for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory with a seven-hitter comprised of three pitchers.