September 14, 2013: Matsuzaka Leads Mets to DH Split

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Date: September 14, 2013
Mets starter: Daisuke Matsuzaka
Mets: 3
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Daisuke Matsuzaka
Key player(s): Daisuke Matsuzaka, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda
Key play: Murphy’s and Duda’s home runs

The Mets faced the Marlins in a doubleheader on a Saturday at Citi Field. After dropping the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a split in the nightcap. Daisuke Matsuzaka and three relievers teamed up for a four-hitter in a 3-1 Mets win over Miami.

Matsuzaka pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Marlins’ starter Jacob Turner struck out both Eric Young and Juan Lagares to begin the bottom half. Daniel Murphy hit a single and stole second base. Lucas Duda drew a walk and Wilmer Flores singled to drive home Murphy for a 1-0 Mets lead. Turner then threw a called third strike past Matt den Dekker for the third out.

Following a scoreless second, Matsuzaka set down the Fish in order in the top of the third. Murphy slugged a home run to lead off the bottom of the inning. An ensuing homer by Duda extended the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Flores was retired on a line drive to second baseman Donovan Solano. Den Dekker was hit by a pitch and Anthony Recker hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Placido Polanco. Turner then got Ruben Tejada to ground out to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and end the inning.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Justin Ruggiano homered for the first Miami hit of the game. Matsuzaka retired Giancarlo Stanton on a fly ball to right fielder Lagares and got Polanco on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Murphy. Turner gave up just a walk to Lagares in the bottom half and Matsuzaka hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Turner retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning and Daisuke set down all three Marlins batters in the top of the sixth. Miami reliever Chris Hatcher then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Polanco was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the seventh. Ed Lucas lined out to Murphy and a single by Hechavarria sent Polanco to third base. Matsuzaka threw a called third strike past Rob Brantley to close out the inning and Hatcher retired the side in order in the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano got pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan on a called third strike to open the top of the eighth. New York’s Vic Black fanned pinch-hitter Christian Yelich and a single by Solano followed. Black struck out Ruggiano to end the inning. Miami’s Dan Jennings and Arquimedes Caminero then combined to pitch a scoreless bottom half.

Stanton singled against Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins to open the top of the ninth. Polanco grounded out to Hawkins and a strikeout of pinch-hitter Logan Morrison ensued. Hawkins then retired Hechavarria on a ground ball to Murphy for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.