June 5, 2013: Fifteen Hits Wallop Nats

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Date: June 5, 2013
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 10
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Marlon Byrd, David Wright, Anthony Recker
Key play: Byrd’s two homers, Wright’s home run, Recker’s single

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Wednesday night in Washington. The teams played a three-hour and twelve-minute game in 76-degree weather. The Mets hammered out fifteen hits in a 10-1 win.

Nats’ starter Dan Haren pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Denard Span doubled against the Mets’ Dillon Gee to lead off the bottom half. Jayson Werth was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Juan Lagares. Span advanced to third base on Ryan Zimmerman’s ground out to second baseman Daniel Murphy and a walk to Adam LaRoche followed. Ian Desmond singled to score Span for a 1-0 Washington lead. Gee then got Anthony Rendon to fly out to Lagares and end the inning.

Lucas Duda hit a double to begin the top of the second. Marlon Byrd homered to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Ike Davis singled and moved to second base on Anthony Recker’s ground out to second baseman Rendon. Haren struck out Lagares and retired Gee on an inning-ending line drive to left fielder Steve Lombardozzi. With two outs in the bottom half, Haren doubled and went to third on a single by Span. Gee then fanned Werth for the inning’s final out.

Murphy got a one-out single in the top of the third. David Wright hit a two-run homer and Duda flied out to center fielder Span. Byrd followed with his second home run of the game to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Ike Davis flied out to Lombardozzi to finish off the inning and Gee held the Nationals to a bunt single by LaRoche in the bottom half. Haren gave up just a single to Lagares in the top of the fourth and Kurt Suzuki singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Roger Bernadina doubled and Span went down on strikes. Gee then threw a called third strike past Werth to close out the inning.

Murphy drew a walk against Washington reliever Craig Stammen to open the top of the fifth. Wright singled and Duda went down on strikes. Byrd was struck out and a walk to Ike Davis loaded the bases. Recker followed with a single to drive home Murphy and Wright, extending the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Lagares singled to reload the bases and Stammen got Gee on a force play ground ball to third baseman Zimmerman that ended the inning. Dillon then set down the Nats in order in the bottom half.

Omar Quintanilla doubled against Nationals’ reliever Ian Kroll to begin the top of the sixth. Kroll struck out the next three batters and Gee hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning. Byrd drew a walk against Washington’s Erik Davis to open the top of the seventh. Ike Davis was called out on strikes and Recker doubled to bring home Byrd. Lagares hit a single and Gee singled to score Recker. Quintanilla was struck out and Murphy doubled to plate Lagares for the Mets’ tenth run of the game. Erik Davis fanned Wright for the third out of the inning. Gee then held the Nats to a single by Zimmerman in the bottom half.

Nationals’ reliever Fernando Abad retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. New York’s Greg Burke hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Abad pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Robert Carson hit Jeff Kobernus with a pitch to start the bottom half. Span grounded out to Murphy and a fly ball by pinch-hitter Chad Tracy was caught by left fielder Duda. Carson then got Zimmerman to fly out to Lagares and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory with a lot of solid hitting.