September 20, 2013: Wright Returns With Homer

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Date: September 20, 2013
Mets starter: Daisuke Matsuzaka
Mets: 6
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Daisuke Matsuzaka
Key player(s): David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Andrew Brown, Eric Young
Key play: Wright’s home run, Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. After missing seven weeks with an injury, David Wright hit a home run in his first at bat in a 6-4 Mets win over the Phils.

Eric Young doubled against Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels to lead off the top of the first inning. Young stole third base and came home on a single by Daniel Murphy. Wright followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ early lead to 3-0. Josh Satin went down on strikes and Andrew Brown reached on an error by third baseman Cody Asche. Hamels retired Juan Lagares on a fly ball to center fielder Cesar Hernandez and got Travis d'Arnaud to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Jimmie Rollins for the third out. Mets’ starter Daisuke Matsuzaka then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Following a scoreless second, Murphy singled to open the top of the third. Wright was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Domonic Brown. Murphy stole second base and advanced to third on Josh Satin’s ground out to Rollins. Andrew Brown hit a single to score Murphy with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Hamels struck out Lagares for the inning’s final out. Matsuzaka then set down the Phillies in order in the bottom half.

A single by d’Arnaud began the top of the fourth. Travis moved to second base on Omar Quintanilla’s ground out to first baseman Darin Ruf and a strikeout of Matsuzaka ensued. Young singled to bring home d’Arnaud and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Hamels retired Murphy on a line drive to Rollins to finish off the inning and Chase Utley singled to lead off the bottom half. Carlos Ruiz drew a walk and Domonic Brown walked to load the bases. Ruf hit a double that plated both Utley and Ruiz. On the play, left fielder Young made a throwing error that allowed Domonic Brown to score the Phils’ third run. Asche flied out to center fielder Lagares and a fielder’s choice grounder by John Mayberry (on which Ruf escaped a rundown and reached third) followed. Hamels grounded out to first baseman Satin to bring home Ruf and cut the New York lead to 5-4. Matsuzaka then got Hernandez to ground out to second baseman Murphy and end the inning.

Hamels and Matsuzaka each pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth. With one out in the top of the seventh, Murphy singled and advanced to third base on a single by Wright. Satin hit a force play ground ball to Rollins to drive home Murphy with the Mets’ sixth run. Hamels got Andrew Brown on a force play grounder to Rollins that closed out the inning. Mets’ reliever Scott Atchison then retired all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom half.

Phils’ relievers Justin DeFratus and Cesar Jimenez combined to pitch a scoreless top of the eighth. Rolllins singled against the Mets’ Vic Black to lead off the bottom of the inning. Utley was called out on strikes as Rollins stole second base and Ruiz grounded out to third baseman Wright. New York’s Pedro Feliciano retired Domonic Brown on a pop-up to Wright that ended the inning. Phillies’ reliever Jake Diekman then hurled a perfect top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins got Ruf on a fly ball to Lagares to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Asche was retired on a grounder back to Hawkins. LaTroy then got Mayberry to pop out to Wright and end the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory in David’s return to the team’s starting lineup.