September 23, 2012: Tejada's Single Gives Mets Sweep of Marlins

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Date: September 23, 2012
Mets starter: Chris Young
Mets: 3
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): David Wright, Ruben Tejada
Key play: Wright’s home run, Tejada’s single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Ruben Tejada singled to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 Mets win to complete a three-game sweep of Miami.

Mets’ starter Chris Young retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Daniel Murphy doubled against the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco with one out in the bottom half. David Wright followed with a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Nolasco then threw a called third strike past Ike Davis and retired Scott Hairston on a ground ball to third baseman Gil Velazquez to end the inning.

Young and Nolasco each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Consecutive singles by Rob Brantly and Velazquez opened the top of the fifth. Nolasco’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. An ensuing sacrifice fly by Bryan Petersen drove home Brantly and moved Velazquez to third. Gorkys Hernandez drew a walk and stole second. On the steal attempt, catcher Kelly Shoppach’s throwing error allowed Velazquez to score and tie the game. Young got Jose Reyes on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Tejada. Nolasco then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Young yielded only a single to Donovan Solano in the top of the sixth. Nolasco hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Mets’ reliever Ramon Ramirez set down the Fish 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. With one out in the bottom half, Andres Torres doubled and went to third base on a wild pitch. Nolasco struck out Shoppach and got Tejada on a fly ball to right fielder Greg Dobbs to close out the inning. For the Mets, Manny Acosta pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Miami relievers Mike Dunn and Heath Bell then combined for a perfect bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired all three Fish batters in the top of the ninth. Hairston singled against the Marlins’ Ryan Webb to begin the bottom of the inning. Lucas Duda was struck out and Hairston advanced to second base on catcher Brantly’s passed ball. Torres drew a walk and pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Reyes on which Hairston moved to third. Valdespin moved to second on defensive indifference and pinch-hitter Fred Lewis was walked intentionally to load the bases. Tejada then delivered a single that brought home Hairston and ended the game. The Mets had a sweep of the series.