September 13, 2013: Brown and Duda Power Mets Past Fish

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Date: September 13, 2013
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 4
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Jonathon Niese, Andrew Brown, Lucas Duda
Key play: Brown’s and Duda’s home runs

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a weekend series. Andrew Brown and Lucas Duda hit home runs for all the Mets’ scoring in a 4-3 win over Miami.

After a scoreless first inning, Giancarlo Stanton homered to lead off the top of the second. Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese threw called third strikes past both Justin Ruggiano and Ed Lucas before retiring Donovan Solano on a ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy for the inning’s third out. To begin the bottom half, Brown slugged a home run against the Marlins’ Brad Hand to tie the game at 1-1. Duda went down on strikes and Zach Lutz drew a walk. Travis d'Arnaud hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. Hand then got Ruben Tejada on a force play grounder to third baseman Placido Polanco to close out the inning.

Niese and Hand each pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth innings. With one out in the top of the fifth, Lucas hit a double to left field. Solano doubled to drive home Lucas and put the Fish ahead, 2-1. Koyie Hill hit a single and Hand bunted back to Niese for an inning-ending double play. Hand set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Niese then retired all three Miami batters in the top of the sixth.

Eric Young hit a leadoff double against Hand in the bottom of the sixth inning. Juan Lagares went down on strikes and Murphy lined out to left fielder Chris Yelich. Brown drew a walk and Duda followed with a three-run homer to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. Lutz singled and Marlins’ reliever Ryan Webb got d’Arnaud on a force play ground ball to Polanco that ended the inning.

Leading off the top of the seventh, Stanton hit his second homer of the game against Niese. Ruggiano was called out on strikes and Lucas followed with a single to center field. Mets’ reliever Scott Atchison retired Solano on a fly ball to center fielder Lagares and struck out Hill to finish off the inning. Webb hurled a perfect bottom half and Chris Coghlan singled against New York’s Vic Black to begin the top of the eighth. Black fanned Hechavarria and got Polanco to fly out to Lagares. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano retired Yelich on a grounder to Murphy to end the inning. Miami’s Dan Jennings then surrendered only a walk to Brown in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins struck out Stanton to open the top of the ninth. Ruggiano was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Matt den Dekker. Pinch-hitter Logan Morrison then grounded back to Hawkins for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to begin the series.