September 13, 2010: Evans' Single in 10th Beats Bucs

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Date: September 13, 2010
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 1
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Hisanori Takahashi
Key player(s): Ruben Tejada, Nick Evans
Key play: Evans’ single in 10th

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Nick Evans hit a run-scoring single in the 10th inning for a 1-0 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Dillon Gee and the Bucs’ James McDonald each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. The pitchers allowed a total of five hits (including a double by Gee himself) and recorded two strikeouts apiece. Garrett Jones doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Pedro Alvarez drew a walk and John Bowker flied out to center fielder Carlos Beltran. Ronny Cedeno grounded out to third baseman David Wright and an intentional walk to Chris Snyder loaded the bases. Gee retired McDonald on a foul pop-up to Wright that closed out the inning. McDonald then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Jose Tabata hit a one-out double in the top of the fifth. Neil Walker drew a walk and Jones flied out to Beltran to advance Tabata to third base. Alvarez grounded out to second baseman Luis Hernandez to end the inning and McDonald hurled a perfect bottom half. Gee yielded only a single to Cedeno in the top of the sixth. McDonald then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Elmer Dessens set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. McDonald gave up just a double to Ike Davis in the bottom half and New York’s Pedro Feliciano retired the Pirates 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Jesus Feliciano singled to center field. Jose Reyes grounded out to first baseman Jones. McDonald retired Angel Pagan on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen for the inning’s third out and the Mets’ Hisanori Takahashi pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. For Pittsburgh, reliever Chris Resop hurled a perfect bottom half to send the game onward.

Takahashi held the Bucs to a double by McCutchen in the top of the 10th. Pirates’ reliever Chan Ho Park retired Josh Thole on a ground ball to second baseman Walker to begin the bottom of the inning. Ruben Tejada hit a double to left field and Evans came to bat as a pinch-hitter for Takahashi. Nick delivered a single that brought home Tejada and ended the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to start the series.