September 12, 2014: D'Arnaud and Lagares Double-Up Nats

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Date: September 12, 2014
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 4
Nationals: 3
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Travis d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares, Eric Young
Key play: d'Arnaud’s and Lagares's doubles

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of four games in a weekend series. Travis d'Arnaud and Juan Lagares hit run-scoring doubles to lead the Mets to a 4-3 win over Washington.

Mets’ starter Dillon Gee pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Eric Young singled against the Nats’ Gio Gonzalez to lead off the bottom half. Lagares was hit by a pitch and Eric Campbell flied out to center fielder Denard Span. Lucas Duda drew a walk to load the bases and d’Arnaud doubled to drive home Young and Lagares. On the play, Duda scored the Mets’ third run as catcher Wilson Ramos dropped a throw to the plate. Curtis Granderson was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Nate Schierholtz. Gonzalez then threw a called third strike past Dilson Herrera to end the inning.

The Nationals failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the second. Gonzalez hurled a perfect bottom half and Anthony Rendon hit a double to begin the top of the third. Adam LaRoche singled to drive home Rendon and a single by Ian Desmond followed. Bryce Harper grounded to second baseman Herrera for a double play and Ramos singled to score LaRoche, cutting the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Gee struck out Schierholtz to end the inning. Gonzalez then yielded only a single to Duda in the bottom half.

After a scoreless fourth, Rendon homered to lead off the top of the fifth. LaRoche drew a walk and Desmond hit a force play ground ball to Herrera. Desmond stole second base and Harper flied out to left fielder Young. Gee retired Ramos on a grounder to shortstop Ruben Tejada to close out the inning and Young hit a single to open the bottom half. Lagares followed with a double to bring home Young and put the Mets back in front by a run. Campbell was retired on a line drive to Span. Gonzalez then got Duda to ground out to first baseman LaRoche and fanned d’Arnaud for the inning’s third out.

Gee and Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres combined for a scoreless top of the sixth. Gonzalez retired the side in order in the bottom half and Torres surrendered only a walk to LaRoche in the top of the seventh. Lagares got a two-out single against Washington’s Aaron Barrett in the bottom of the inning. Juan stole second base and Barrett threw a called third strike past Campbell to finish off the inning. New York’s Jeurys Familia gave up just a single to Schierholtz in the top of the eighth. The Nationals’ Jerry Blevins then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

Span singled against Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia to open the top of the ninth. Asdrubal Cabrera was retired on a fly ball to Young. With Rendon at bat, Span stole second base. Rendon went down on strikes and LaRoche was given an intentional walk. Mejia then fanned Desmond for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory.