September 14, 2012: Four Early Runs Lead Mets Past Brewers

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Date: September 14, 2012
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 7
Brewers: 3
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): David Wright, Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Duda’s double and homer, Murphy’s home run

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Friday night in Milwaukee. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored four runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 7-3 win.

Daniel Murphy drew a one-out walk in the top of the first inning. David Wright hit a double to left field and Ike Davis’s ground out to first baseman Travis Ishikawa drove home Murphy. Lucas Duda followed with a ground-rule double that scored Wright with the Mets’ second run. Jordany Valdespin drew a walk and Andres Torres grounded back to pitcher Mike Fiers for the third out of the inning. Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Niese singled with one out in the top of the second. Ruben Tejada flied out to right fielder Norichika Aoki and a homer by Murphy extended the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Fiers retired Wright on an inning-ending fly ball to Aoki and consecutive singles by Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez opened the bottom half. Ishikawa hit a ground-rule double that plated Lucroy with the Brewers’ first run of the game. Jean Segura followed with a ground ball on which Gomez was out via a throw by Niese to third baseman Wright. Fiers singled to score Ishikawa with second Milwaukee run. On Aoki’s ensuing grounder, Wright threw to catcher Josh Thole for an out at home on Segura. Niese then threw a called third strike past Rickie Weeks to end the inning.

Niese and Fiers each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Leading off the top of the sixth, Duda hit a home run against Brewers’ reliever Manny Parra. Valdespin fouled out to third baseman Aramis Ramirez and an error by shortstop Segura allowed Torres to reach base. Thole doubled to drive home Torres and an infield single by Niese ensued. Milwaukee’s Livan Hernandez got Tejada on a force play grounder to Ramirez. On the play, Thole came home on second baseman Weeks’ throwing error for a 7-2 Mets lead. Hernandez retired Murphy on a pop-up to Segura for the inning’s final out. Niese then shut down the Brewers in the bottom half.

Hernandez set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Mets’ relievers Josh Edgin and Jon Rauch combined for a perfect bottom of the inning and Thole drew a two-out walk against the Brewers’ Josh Stinson in the top of the eighth. Fred Lewis got an infield single and Stinson retired Tejada on a fly ball to Aoki to close out the inning. For the Mets, reliever Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless bottom half. Milwaukee’s Tyler Thornburg then gave up only a single to Murphy in a scoreless top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Ramon Ramirez threw a called third strike past Ishikawa to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Segura drew a walk and came around to score on an ensuing triple by pinch-hitter Nyjer Morgan. Ramon Ramirez then struck out Aoki and retired Weeks on a foul pop-up to Thole to end the game. The Mets had begun the weekend series with a victory that ended a six-game losing streak.