September 25, 2014: Late Scoring Downs Nationals

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Date: September 25, 2014
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 7
Nationals: 4
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Matt den Dekker
Key play: Mets RBI singles, Murphy’s double

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Thursday afternoon in Washington. The teams played the opener of a day-night doubleheader. The Mets scored three runs in the eighth and ninth innings for a 7-4 win over the Nats.

Wilmer Flores got a one-out single against Nationals’ starter Blake Treinen in the top of the first. Daniel Murphy lined out to center fielder Michael Taylor and a single by Lucas Duda advanced Flores to third base. Curtis Granderson singled to bring home Flores for a 1-0 Mets lead. Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded back to Treinen for the third out and the Mets’ Dillon Gee pitched a perfect bottom half. Treinen gave up only a single to Ruben Tejada in the top of the second. Gee then yielded only a single to Ian Desmond in the bottom of the inning.

Treinen hurled a scoreless top of the third. Gee held the Nats to a single by Danny Espinosa in the bottom half and Treinen retired the side in order in the top of the fourth. Ryan Zimmerman singled to open the bottom of the inning. Zimmerman moved to third base on Adam LaRoche’s single and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Desmond. Trying to advance on the play, LaRoche was out at second via a relay throw by Gee to shortstop Tejada. Gee then got Kevin Frandsen to ground out to Tejada and close out the inning.

Matt den Dekker singled against Treinen with one out in the top of the fifth. Flores singled and went to third base on Murphy’s double that drove home den Dekker. Washington reliever Xavier Cedeno retired Duda on a pop-up to shortstop Desmond. Granderson followed with a single that scored Flores and Murphy for a 4-1 Mets lead. Nieuwenhuis singled and Tejada grounded back to Cedeno for the final out of the inning.

Jose Lobaton hit a single to begin the bottom of the fifth. Espinosa singled and pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz got a single to drive home Lobaton. With Taylor at bat, Gee committed a balk that advanced the runners to second and third base. Taylor singled to score both Espinosa and Schierholtz, tying the game at 4-4. With Bryce Harper at the plate, Taylor was caught stealing second on catcher Juan Centeno’s throw to Tejada. Harper hit a single and Zimmerman popped out to second baseman Flores. Gee then got LaRoche to fly out to right fielder Granderson and finish off the inning.

Nats’ reliever Jerry Blevins pitched a perfect top of the sixth. The Mets’ Buddy Carlyle surrendered just a walk to Desmond in the bottom half and Blevins recorded three strikeouts in a scoreless top of the seventh. New York reliever Carlos Torres gave up only a walk to Harper in the bottom of the inning. Leading off the top of the eighth, Washington’s Tyler Clippard hit Tejada with a pitch. Centeno bunted to third baseman Frandsen for a force play and pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu lined out to Taylor. Pinch-runner Eric Young stole second base and came around to score the go-ahead run on a single by den Dekker. On his own hit, Matt went to second via a throw. Flores followed with an infield single that brought home den Dekker and extended the Mets’ lead to 6-4. Nationals’ reliever Ryan Mattheus retired Murphy on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Steven Souza. The Mets’ Jeurys Familia then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

Granderson drew a walk with one out in the top of the ninth. Curtis advanced to third base on Nieuwenhuis’s double and scored the Mets’ seventh run on a single by Tejada. Anthony Recker walked to load the bases and Mattheus got pinch-hitter Eric Campbell to hit a double play ground ball to Desmond that ended the inning. Lobaton singled against Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia to open the bottom half. Espinosa was called out on strikes and Souza drew a walk. Taylor was struck out and Mejia retired Harper on a fly ball to center fielder Nieuwenhuis to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.