May 27, 2014: Lagares's Hits Lead Mets Past Bucs

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Date: May 27, 2014
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 4
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Vic Black
Key player(s): Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada
Key play: Lagares’s single and double, Murphy’s RBI double

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played a three-hour and forty-three-minute game. Juan Lagares had a pair of run-scoring hits in a 4-2 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Jonathon Niese and the Pirates’ Edinson Volquez each started the game with two scoreless and hitless innings pitched. Niese set down the side in order in the top of the third and Daniel Murphy hit a double with one out in the bottom half. David Wright flied out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen (advancing Murphy to third base) and a walk to Curtis Granderson followed. Bobby Abreu singled to score Murphy for a 1-0 Mets lead. Volquez then got Lucas Duda to ground out to first baseman Gaby Sanchez and finish off the inning.

Niese shut down the Bucs in the top of the fourth. Ruben Tejada got a one-out double in the bottom half. Niese went down on strikes and Tejada moved to third base on a wild pitch. Lagares hit a double to bring home Tejada and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Murphy drew a walk and a wild pitch sent Lagares to third. Volquez then retired Wright on a ground ball to shortstop Clint Barmes to close out the inning.

Niese gave up only a single to Barmes in the top of the fifth. Volquez surrendered just a walk to Duda in the bottom half and Josh Harrison drew a walk against Niese to lead off the top of the sixth. Jose Tabata flied out to right fielder Abreu and a walk to McCutchen ensued. Sanchez was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Granderson and a walk to Russell Martin loaded the bases. Sterling Marte hit a single to drive home Harrison and McCutchen, tying the game at 2-2. Mets’ reliever Vic Black issued a walk to Neil Walker that loaded the bases once again. Black then struck out pinch-hitter Ike Davis to end the inning.

Tejada drew a walk against Pittsburgh reliever Jeanmar Gomez to begin the bottom of the sixth. Ruben went to second base on a wild pitch and Eric Campbell grounded out to Sanchez. With Lagares at bat, Tejada moved to third on the Pirates’ fourth wild pitch of the game. Juan delivered a single to score Tejada and put the Mets back in front, 3-2. Murphy doubled to bring home Lagares with the fourth New York run and the Bucs’ Justin Wilson retired Wright on a grounder to shortstop Jordy Mercer. Wilson then fanned Granderson for the inning’s third out.

Tabata drew a two-out walk in the top of the seventh. McCutchen singled to advance Tabata to third base and Black threw a called third strike past Sanchez to close out the inning. Wilson hurled a perfect bottom half and Marte walked against Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia with one out in the top of the eighth. Walker singled to send Marte to third and Mejia got Pedro Alvarez to hit a ground ball to shortstop Tejada for an inning-ending double play. Tajada hit a single against Pittsburgh reliever Jason Grilli to open the bottom half. Ruben stole second and Grilli struck out the next three batters to end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Travis Snider reached on first baseman Campbell’s error to lead off the top of the ninth. Harrison lined out to left fielder Chris Young and a fly ball by Tabata was caught by right fielder Granderson (who had shifted from left.) McCutchen drew a walk and Mejia got Sanchez to hit a grounder to Tejada. Ruben threw to third baseman Wright for a force out on Snider that brought the game to an end. The Mets had a victory over the Pirates.