May 22, 2014: Key Hits Down Dodgers
|Date: May 22, 2014|
|Mets starter: Jonathon Niese|
|Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese|
|Key player(s): Jonathon Niese, Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Eric Campbell|
|Key play: Niese’s double, Lagares’s single, Granderson’s triple, Campbell's double play|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Thursday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. A trio of run-scoring hits lifted the Mets to a 5-3 win over Los Angeles.
Chone Figgins singled against Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese to lead off the top of the first inning. Yasiel Puig went down on strikes and Hanley Ramirez hit a single to advance Figgins to third base. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sacrifice fly to score Figgins for a 1-0 Dodgers lead. Niese struck out Matt Kemp to end the inning. Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Niese yielded only a double to A. J. Ellis in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Curtis Granderson doubled and went to third base on an error by center fielder Kemp. Eric Campbell hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Granderson and tie the game at 1-1. Lucas Duda drew a walk and Wilmer Flores flied out to right fielder Puig. Anthony Recker walked and Greinke struck out Niese to finish off the inning.
After scoreless third and fourth innings, Niese shut down the Dodgers in the top of the fifth. Recker hit a double with one out in the bottom half. Niese doubled to drive home Recker and put the Mets ahead by a run. Jonathon moved to third base on Juan Lagares’s ground out to shortstop Ramirez and came home as Daniel Murphy reached on third baseman Justin Turner’s error for a 3-1 New York lead. Greinke then retired David Wright on a ground ball to Turner for the inning’s final out.
Niese hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Los Angeles reliever Jamey Wright set down the side in order in the bottom half and Scott Van Slyke drew a one-out walk in the top of the seventh. Turner followed with a two-run homer to tie the game at 3-3. Niese got Ellis to fly out to center fielder Lagares and retired pinch-hitter Carl Crawford on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Flores, who singled against the Dodgers’ Chris Perez to open the bottom half. A wild pitch advanced Flores to second base and Recker went down on strikes. Pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu was retired on a fly ball to Puig, after which Flores went to third. Lagares singled to score Flores and put the Mets back in front by a run. Perez then got Murphy on a ground ball to second baseman Figgins to close out the inning.
Puig doubled against Mets’ reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka with one out in the top of the eighth. Ramirez hit a line drive on which left fielder Campbell made a diving catch. Eric followed up with a throw to second baseman Murphy for an out on Puig and an inning-ending double play. David Wright singled to begin the bottom half. Granderson hit a triple to bring home David with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Campbell was struck out and Perez was replaced on the mound by Los Angeles reliever Paul Maholm. Duda hit a grounder on which Ramirez threw to catcher Ellis for an out at home on Granderson. Lucas stole second base and Maholm threw a called third strike past Flores to finish off the inning.
Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia retired Gonzalez on a fly ball to Lagares to start the top of the ninth. Kemp flied out to right fielder Granderson. Mejia then struck out Van Slyke to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.