May 10, 2015: Fourteen Hits Put Away Phils

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Date: May 10, 2015
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 7
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Curtis Granderson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Johnny Monell
Key play: Granderson’s home run, Nieuwenhuis’s double, Monell’s single

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected fourteen hits in a 7-4 win.

Phils’ starter Chad Billingsley gave up only a single to Daniel Murphy in the top of the first inning. The Mets’ Bartolo Colon yielded just a single to Freddy Galvis in the bottom half and Billingsley pitched a perfect top of the second. Colon set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Billingsley held the Mets to a single by Curtis Granderson in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom half, Billingsley slugged a home run for a 1-0 Philadelphia lead. Colon then retired Ben Revere on a fly ball to left fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and struck out Galvis to end the inning.

Lucas Duda hit a double with one out in the top of the fourth. Wilmer Flores singled to drive home Duda and a fly ball by Nieuwenhuis was caught by center fielder Revere. Anthony Recker grounded out to third baseman Cody Asche to finish off the inning and Chase Utley doubled to lead off the bottom half. Ryan Howard was retired on a fly ball to Nieuwenhuis. Darin Ruf flied out to center fielder Juan Lagares and a single by Grady Sizemore plated Utley to put the Phillies ahead, 2-1. Colon then fanned Asche for the inning’s third out.

Ruben Tejada drew a walk to begin the top of the fifth. Colon fouled out to catcher Cameron Rupp on a bunt attempt and a two-run homer by Granderson gave the Mets a 3-2 lead. Lagares grounded out to Billingsley and a single by Murphy ensued. Billingsley threw a called third strike past Duda to close out the inning. Colon then gave up only a double to Revere in the bottom half.

Flores doubled against Billingsley to open the top of the sixth. Nieuwenhuis hit a double to bring home Flores and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-2. With Philadelphia reliever Justin DeFratus on the mound facing Recker, Nieuwenhuis stole third base and scored the fifth New York run on Rupp’s throwing error. Recker flied out to Revere and a strikeout of Tejada ensued. DeFratus retired Colon on an inning-ending grounder to Asche. Bartolo then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Lagares and Murphy got back-to-back singles against Phils’ reliever Elvis Araujo with one out in the top of the seventh. Araujo retired Duda on a fly ball to left fielder Ruf and got Flores to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Galvis that ended the inning. Sizemore singled against Colon to lead off the bottom half. Asche hit a double and advanced to third base on pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez’s single that drove home Sizemore. Against Mets’ reliever Erik Goeddel, pinch-hitter Jeff Francoeur hit a sacrifice fly to score Asche and reduce the New York lead to 5-4. Against the Mets’ Alex Torres, Revere drew a walk and Galvis flied out to Lagares. Utley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Alex Torres then got Howard to ground out to first baseman Duda and finish off the inning.

Recker and Tejada got consecutive singles against Phillies’ reliever Jeanmar Gomez with one out in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Johnny Monell hit a double to bring home Recker and Tejada with the Mets’ sixth and seventh runs of the game. Granderson lined out to Revere, who followed up with a throw to Galvis for an out at second base on Monell and an inning-ending double play. Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Gomez yielded just a single to Duda (the Mets’ fourteenth hit) in the top of the ninth. Hernandez singled against New York reliever Jeurys Familia to open the bottom half. Ruiz followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Tejada. Familia then got Revere to ground out to Tejada and retired Galvis on a foul fly ball to Nieuwenhuis for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to conclude the weekend series.