October 12, 2015: Game Three of NLDS

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Date: October 12, 2015
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 13
Dodgers: 7
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
Key play: Granderson’s doubles, d’Arnaud’s and Cespedes’s home runs

The Mets and Dodgers faced each other in the third game of the National League Division Series. The series was tied at one game apiece as the scene shifted to Citi Field. The Mets put together a 13-hit attack and came away with a 13-7 win over Los Angeles.

Mets’ starter Matt Harvey retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. The Dodgers’ Brett Anderson pitched a perfect bottom half and Justin Turner singled to begin the top of the second. Andre Ethier got a single and Carl Crawford singled to load the bases. Yasmani Grandal made it four straight singles to drive home both Turner and Ethier. On his own hit, Grandal advanced to second base via an error by right fielder Curtis Granderson that allowed Crawford to score a third Los Angeles run. Enrique Hernandez flied out to center fielder Juan Lagares and a strikeout of Anderson ensued. Harvey then got Howie Kendrick to line out to third baseman David Wright and finish off the inning.

Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda got back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the second. Travis d'Arnaud singled to bring home Cespedes and a single by Wilmer Flores loaded the bases. Lagares hit a ground ball on which first baseman Adrian Gonzalez threw to catcher Grandal for an out at home on Duda. Harvey went down on strikes and Granderson followed with a double that plated d’Arnaud, Flores and Lagares, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. Anderson then retired Wright on a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins for the inning’s final out.

Harvey struck out the side in a scoreless top of the third. Cespedes got a one-out single in the bottom half. Duda was called out on strikes and d’Arnaud clouted a home run to extend the New York lead to 6-3. Anderson got Flores on a line drive to Gonzalez for the inning’s third out and Harvey shut down the Dodgers again in the top of the fourth. Lagares doubled against Los Angeles reliever Alex Wood to lead off the bottom half. Harvey took a called third strike and Granderson grounded out to third baseman Turner. Wright was walked intentionally and Daniel Murphy singled to score Lagares. Cespedes connected for a three-run homer that lengthened the Mets’ lead to 10-3. Wood then fanned Duda to close out the inning.

Harvey held the Dodgers to two singles in the top of the fifth. Flores doubled with one out in the bottom half. Lagares lined out to center fielder Hernandez and a walk to pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer ensued. Wood got Granderson on a pop-up to Rollins that ended the inning and Mets’ reliever Bartolo Colon struck out all three batters in the top of the sixth. Los Angeles’s Yimi Garcia then surrendered a walk to Wright and followed up with three strikeouts in the bottom half.

Gonzalez slugged a solo home run with two outs in the top of the seventh. Colon got Turner on a ground ball to Wright to end the inning and d’Arnaud singled against Dodgers’ reliever Pedro Baez to open the bottom half. Flores and Lagares drew consecutive walks to load the bases and (against L.A.’s J. P. Howell) pinch-hitter Michael Conforto hit a sacrifice fly to drive home d’Arnaud. Granderson hit his second double of the game to plate both Flores and Lagares for a 13-4 New York lead. Howell then retired Wright and Murphy on infield grounders to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Addison Reed hurled a perfect top of the eighth. The Dodgers’ Luis Avilan set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Hernandez singled against New York’s Erik Goeddel to begin the top of the ninth. Corey Seager got a single and Kendrick slugged a three-run homer. Rollins hit a single and the Mets’ Jeurys Familia struck out Gonzalez. Pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano was retired on a pop-up to Wright. Ethier then grounded back to Familia for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory and a one-game lead in the series.