September 16, 2014: Flores Pounds Marlins
|Date: September 16, 2014|
|Mets starter: Bartolo Colon|
|Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon|
|Key player(s): Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada, Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon|
|Key play: Flores’s double and homers, Tejada’s double, Granderson’s RBI single|
Bartolo Colon and the Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Reed Johnson hit a double to lead off the top of the third. Ed Lucas went down on strikes and Eovaldi’s sacrifice bunt advanced Johnson to third base. Christian Yelich singled to score Johnson for a 1-0 Miami lead. Donovan Solano hit a single and Colon threw a called third strike past Casey McGehee to end the inning. Eovaldi then retired the side in order in the bottom half.
Colon shut down the Fish in the top of the fourth. Travis d'Arnaud got a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Lucas Duda was called out on strikes and Flores doubled to drive home d’Arnaud. Curtis Granderson hit a single that plated Flores and a walk to Matt den Dekker ensued. Ruben Tejada followed with a double to bring home Granderson and den Dekker for a 4-1 Mets lead. Eovaldi then fanned Colon for the inning’s third out.
The Marlins failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fifth. Daniel Murphy got a one-out single against Eovaldi in the bottom half. D’Arnaud drew a walk and Miami reliever Brad Penny threw a called third strike past Duda. Flores connected for a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Granderson singled and Penny retired den Dekker on a ground ball to shortstop Lucas to close out the inning.
Colon yielded only a single to Johnson in the top of the sixth. Penny gave up just a single to Tejada in the bottom half and Bartolo held the Fish to a single by Solano in the top of the seventh. Duda doubled against Penny with one out in the bottom half. Flores followed with his second homer for the Mets’ eighth and ninth runs of the game. Granderson singled against Fish reliever Andrew Heaney. Den Dekker was struck out and Heaney retired Tejada on a fly ball to center fielder Marcell Ozuna that finished off the inning.
Colon and Mets’ reliever Buddy Carlyle combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Heaney pitched a perfect bottom half and Lucas doubled against Mets’ reliever Rafael Montero to open the top of the ninth. Justin Bour drew a walk and Yelich hit a double play grounder to shortstop Tejada. Montero then struck out Solano to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an easy victory on a solid display of slugging by Flores.