May 13, 2011: Three-Homer Comeback
|Date: May 13, 2011|
|Mets starter: Dillon Gee|
|Winning pitcher: Pat Misch|
|Key player(s): Jason Bay, Fernando Martinez, David Wright|
|Key play: Mets’ home runs|
The Mets faced the Astros on a Friday night in Houston. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Trailing by four runs, the Mets hit three homers in the seventh and eighth innings and came away with a 6-4 win.
Dillon Gee and the Astros’ Bud Norris each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Norris set down the side in order in the top of the third and drew a walk to open the bottom half. Michael Bourn hit a single and a balk advanced the runners to second and third base. Clint Barmes went down on strikes and Hunter Pence walked to load the bases. Carlos Lee followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Norris for a 1-0 Houston lead. Gee then got Brett Wallace to ground out to first baseman Daniel Murphy and finish off the inning.
After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Norris retired all three Mets batters in the top of the sixth. Lee got an infield single against Gee to begin the bottom half. Wallace was hit by a pitch and moved to third base on Chris Johnson’s double that brought home Lee. Bill Hall hit a single against Mets’ reliever Ryota Igarashi to score Wallace. Humberto Quintero reached on Murphy’s error to plate Johnson and increase the Astros’ lead to 4-0. Norris grounded out to third baseman David Wright. New York’s Pat Misch retired Bourn on a ground ball to Murphy, who then threw to catcher Josh Thole for an out at home on Hall and an inning-ending double play.
Jason Bay hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the seventh. Murphy grounded out to Norris to end the inning and Misch pitched a perfect bottom half. Justin Turner hit a single against Norris to lead off the top of the eighth. Jason Pridie was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Lee. Pinch-hitter Fernando Martinez slugged a two-run homer to reduce the Houston lead to 4-3. Jose Reyes drew a walk and Astros’ reliever Jeff Fulchino got Thole to fly out to center fielder Bourn. Wright homered to put the Mets ahead, 5-4. Fulchino struck out Carlos Beltran to end the inning. New York relievers Taylor Buchholz and Francisco Rodriguez then combined for a scoreless bottom half.
Turner got a two-out single against Houston reliever Wilton Lopez in the top of the ninth. Pridie doubled to bring home Turner with the Mets’ sixth run and Lopez fanned Ronny Paulino for the inning’s final out. Bourn singled to open the bottom half. Barmes was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Beltran. With Pence at the plate, Bourn stole second base. Pence flied out to center fielder Pridie and a passed ball by catcher Paulino advanced Bourn to third. Rodriguez then got Lee to ground out to Wright and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory on the strength of three home runs.