October 3, 2012: Three Homers Give Mets Season-Ending Win

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Date: October 3, 2012
Mets starter: Jeremy Hefner
Mets: 4
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: Jeremy Hefner
Key player(s): Ike Davis, Scott Hairston, Andres Torres, Jeremy Hefner
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday afternoon in Miami. The teams played the finale of the regular season. The Mets hit three home runs for all their scoring in a 4-2 win.

Jeremy Hefner and the Marlins’ Tom Koehler each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Leading off the top of the third, Andres Torres homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Hefner singled and Ruben Tejada hit a ground ball to third baseman Gil Velazquez for a double play. Koehler retired Daniel Murphy on a grounder to second baseman Donovan Solano that ended the inning. Hefner then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Ike Davis hit a one-out double in the top of the fourth. Scott Hairston followed with a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Lucas Duda flied out to center fielder Gorkys Hernandez and a line drive by Kelly Shoppach was caught by Velazquez to close out the inning. Hefner hurled a perfect bottom half and Koehler gave up only a single to Tejada in the top of the fifth. Solano drew a walk with one out in the bottom of the inning. John Buck went down on strikes and Solano moved to second base on a wild pitch. Hefner then got Velazquez to fly out to right fielder Hairston and finish off the inning.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Davis hit a solo homer against Miami reliever Chad Gaudin for the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Hairston was struck out and Duda got an infield single. Shoppach was retired on an inning-ending line drive to third baseman Donnie Murphy, who doubled to begin the bottom half. Donnie Murphy advanced to third base on Bryan Petersen’s ground out to second baseman Daniel Murphy and scored on a single by Hernandez. Jose Reyes hit a force play ground ball to Daniel Murphy and stole second. Hefner then fanned Giancarlo Stanton for the inning’s third out.

Gaudin yielded just a single to Tejada in the top of the seventh. Hefner held the Fish to a single by Solano in the bottom half and Justin Turner tripled against Marlins’ reliever Dan Jennings to lead off the top of the eighth. Davis drew a walk and Hairston flied out to right fielder Stanton. Duda was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Miami’s A. J. Ramos retired Shoppach on a pop-up to Solano. Torres then grounded back to Ramos for the final out of the inning.

Petersen got a one-out single against Hefner in the bottom of the eighth. Hernandez drew a walk and Reyes singled against Mets’ reliever Elvin Ramirez. On Reyes’ hit, Hernandez got caught between bases and was tagged out by first baseman Davis. With Stanton at bat, Petersen came home on catcher Shoppach’s passed ball. Stanton and Carlos Lee drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Mets’ reliever Manny Acosta then retired Solano on a line drive to shortstop Tejada to end the inning.

Ramos set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. New York reliever Bobby Parnell retired Buck on a ground ball to Daniel Murphy to start the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs grounded out to Davis and a single by Donnie Murphy ensued. With Petersen at the plate, Donnie Murphy went to second base on defensive indifference. Parnell then struck out Petersen to bring the game to an end. The Mets had concluded the season with a victory.