September 22, 2013: Mets Defeat Phils for Three-Game Sweep

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Date: September 22, 2013
Mets starter: Carlos Torres
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): Wilfredo Tovar, Juan Lagares
Key play: Tovar’s RBI single, Lagares’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 4-3 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Phils’ starter Cliff Lee set down the side in order in the top of the second. Domonic Brown drew a walk against the Mets’ Carlos Torres to lead off the bottom half. Brown advanced to second base on Darin Ruf’s ground out to third baseman Wilmer Flores and to third after Cody Asche’s fly out to right fielder Andrew Brown. Kevin Frandsen hit a double to score Domonic Brown for a 1-0 Phillies lead. Torres then struck out Lee to end the inning.

Lee pitched a perfect top of the third. Torres gave up just a single to Cesar Hernandez in the bottom half and Eric Young singled to open the top of the fourth. Flores hit a double to send Young to third base and Daniel Murphy was called out on strikes. Andrew Brown grounded out to shortstop Jimmie Rollins to drive home Young and tie the game at 1-1. Lee fanned Lucas Duda to close out the inning. Torres then retired all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom half.

Despite singles by Juan Lagares and Anthony Recker that opened the inning, Lee shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Torres allowed just a single to Lee in the bottom half and Young hit a leadoff double in the top of the sixth. Lee set down the next three Mets batters on ground balls to Rollins, who hit a double to begin the bottom of the inning. Chase Utley singled to send Rollins to third base and Carlos Ruiz flied out to Andrew Brown. Domonic Brown hit a single to score Rollins and put the Phils ahead, 2-1. Ruf walked to load the bases and Asche was called out on strikes. Torres then got Frandsen to fly out to center fielder Lagares and finish off the inning.

Lagares hit a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Recker followed with a double to advance Lagares to third base. Wilfredo Tovar singled for his first major league hit to bring home Lagares. On the play, left fielder Domonic Brown made an error that allowed Recker to score and give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Lee got pinch-hitter Josh Satin to line out to center fielder Hernandez and retired Young on an inning-ending line drive to Domonic Brown. Mets’ reliever Scott Atchison then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Murphy singled against Phillies’ reliever B. J. Rosenberg with one out in the top of the eighth. Andrew Brown flied out to Domonic Brown and a walk to Duda ensued. Lagares hit a double to drive home Murphy and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Rosenberg got Recker on a fly ball to right fielder Ruf that ended the inning and Ruiz got a one-out single against New York’s Vic Black in the bottom half. Domonic Brown drew a walk and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third base. Ruf followed with a foul pop-up on which first baseman Duda made an outstanding catch falling over the railing near the Phils’ dugout. After Lucas’s grab, Ruiz came home with the third Philadelphia run. Black then threw a called third strike past Asche to close out the inning.

Tovar singled against Phils’ reliever Jonathan Papelbon to open the top of the ninth. Matt den Dekker went down on strikes and Young popped out to third baseman Asche. Tovar stole second base and Papelbon struck out Flores to end the inning. To begin the bottom half, Frandsen hit a single against the Mets’ LaTroy Hawkins. Pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis’s sacrifice bunt advanced Frandsen to second and Hernandez was struck out. Hawkins then fanned Rollins to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the weekend series.