May 5, 2012: Four Runs in 4th Rattle Snakes

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Date: May 5, 2012
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 4
Diamondbacks: 3
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Mike Nickeas, Andres Torres, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Nickeas’s and Torres’ singles

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets scored four runs in the fourth inning for a 4-3 win over Arizona.

Mets’ starter Johan Santana set down the side in order in the top of the first. The Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin pitched a perfect bottom half and Ryan Roberts hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the second. John McDonald doubled and Henry Blanco lined out to third baseman David Wright to end the inning. Daniel Murphy got a one-out single in the bottom half. Justin Turner flied out to right fielder Justin Upton and a walk to Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed. Corbin then struck out Mike Nickeas to finish off the inning.

After a scoreless third, Santana shut down the D’Backs in the top of the fourth. Murphy and Turner got back-to-back singles against Corbin with one out in the bottom half. Nieuwenhuis drew a walk to load the bases and Nickeas singled to drive home Murphy and Turner. Against Arizona reliever Josh Collmenter, Santana laid down a sacrifice bunt to send the runners to second and third. Andres Torres followed with a single that plated Nickeas and Nieuwenhuis for a 4-1 Mets lead. Collmenter then retired Ruben Tejada on a fly ball to center fielder A. J. Pollock for the inning’s final out.

Pollock singled to open the top of the fifth. Aaron Hill flied out to right fielder Nieuwenhuis and a single by Upton ensued. Jason Kubel was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Scott Hairston. Paul Goldschmidt hit a double to bring home Pollock and Upton, decreasing the Mets’ lead to one run. Santana retired Roberts on an inning-ending fly ball to Nieuwenhuis. Collmenter then yielded just a single to Murphy in the bottom half.

Santana held the Snakes to a single by McDonald in the top of the sixth. Nieuwenhuis got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Nickeas flied out to Pollock and a sacrifice bunt by Santana advanced Nieuwenhuis to second base. Torres was given an intentional walk and Collmenter threw a called third strike past Tejeda to close out the inning. Santana hurled a perfect top of the seventh and Collmenter retired Wright on a grounder to third baseman Roberts to begin the bottom half. Diamondbacks’ reliever Craig Breslow got pinch-hitter Mike Baxter to fly out to Pollock. Murphy singled for his fourth hit of the game. Breslow then retired Turner on a fly ball to Pollock for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell yielded just a single to Roberts in the top of the eighth. Breslow hurled a perfect bottom half and New York’s Frank Francisco got pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra on a line drive to center fielder Torres to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay drew a walk and pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist stole second base. Hill was retired on a fly ball to Torres. Francisco then struck out Upton to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.