May 11, 2014: Mets Rally, Beat Phils in 11

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Date: May 11, 2014
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 5
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Scott Rice
Key player(s): Daniel Murphy, Juan Lagares, Ruben Tejada
Key play: Murphy’s home run, Lagares’s RBI groundout, Tejada’s single

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind to pull out a 5-4 win in 11 innings over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese pitched a scoreless top of the first. Eric Young singled against the Phils’ Cole Hamels to lead off the bottom half. Eric stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Wil Nieves. Daniel Murphy drew a walk and David Wright hit a single to score Eric Young for a 1-0 Mets lead. Chris Young went down on strikes and Eric Campbell was retired on a ground ball back to the mound. Hamels then struck out Juan Lagares to end the inning.

Marlon Byrd hit a single to open the top of the second. Domonic Brown grounded to second baseman Murphy for a double play and Nieves doubled. Cody Asche followed with a double to drive home Nieves and tie the game at 1-1. Hamels was struck out to finish off the inning and set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Niese struck out all three Phillies batters in the top of the third and Murphy hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Wright was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Byrd. Hamels then threw a called third strike past Chris Young to close out the inning.

Ryan Howard got a leadoff single in the top of the fourth. Byrd hit a double and moved to third base on Brown’s fielder’s choice ground ball to first baseman Campbell that brought home Howard. Nieves grounded out to shortstop Ruben Tejada to plate Byrd and extend the Philadelphia lead to 3-1. Asche drew a walk and Hamels’ sacrifice bunt sent the runners to second and third. Niese retired Tony Gwynn, Jr. on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Lagares. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom half.

Niese and Hamels each hurled scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Mets’ reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka surrendered only a walk to Jimmie Rollins in the top of the seventh and Hamels yielded just a double to Murphy in the bottom half. Matsuzaka shut down the Phils in the top of the eighth and Anthony Recker singled against Phillies’ reliever Mario Hollands with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Tejada drew a walk and Hollands threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Travis d'Arnaud for the inning’s final out. Rollins drew a two-out walk against the Mets’ Jose Valverde in the top of the ninth. Chase Utley tripled to drive home Rollins and increase the Philadelphia lead to 4-1. Valverde then walked Howard intentionally and fanned Byrd to end the inning.

Eric Young doubled against Phils’ reliever Antonio Bastardo to begin the bottom of the ninth. Murphy followed with a two-run homer to make the score 4-3. Wright went down on strikes and Chris Young hit a double to left field. Pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu singled against the Phillies’ Roberto Hernandez to send Chris Young to third base. Lagares grounded out to shortstop Rollins to score Chris Young and tie the game. Hernandez then struck out Recker to finish off the inning and send the game onward.

Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect top of the 10th. Philadelphia’s Jeff Manship hurled a scoreless bottom half and Rollins drew a walk against Familia with two outs in the top of the 11th. New York’s Scott Rice hit Utley with a pitch and retired Reid Brignac on a grounder to first baseman Lucas Duda to end the inning. Chris Young singled to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Zack Wheeler’s sacrifice bunt advanced Chris Young to second base and Lagares was walked intentionally. Recker hit an infield single to load the bases. Tejada then delivered a single that brought home Chris Young and ended the game. The Mets had an exciting comeback victory.

Notes

  • Campbell singled for his first major league hit in the fourth inning.