September 27, 2014: Duda's Homer Jolts Astros

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Date: September 27, 2014
Mets starter: Rafael Montero
Mets: 2
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Jenrry Mejia
Key player(s): Eric Young, Lucas Duda
Key play: Young’s triple, Duda’s home run

The Mets faced the Astros on a Saturday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a season-closing weekend series. Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win over Houston.

Rafael Montero and the Astros’ Samuel Deduno each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Montero gave up only a single to Robbie Grossman in the top of the fifth and Houston reliever Jake Buchanan retired the side in order in the bottom half. Dexter Fowler got a one-out single against Montero in the top of the sixth. Jason Castro followed with a double that drove home Fowler for a 1-0 Astros lead. Marwin Gonzalez singled against the Mets’ Buddy Carlyle, who followed up by retiring Matt Dominguez on a line drive to second baseman Wilmer Flores. Carlyle fanned Jake Marisnick for the inning’s third out and Matt den Dekker doubled against Buchanan with one out in the bottom half. Den Dekker moved to third base on Eric Young’s ground out to shortstop Gonzalez. Houston’s Kevin Chapman then retired Daniel Murphy on a ground ball to first baseman Chris Carter to close out the inning.

Carlyle set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Chapman and Houston reliever Jose Veras combined for a perfect bottom half and the Mets’ Jeurys Familia retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. Veras retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and New York’s Jenrry Mejia hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Young tripled against the Astros’ Tony Sipp with one out in the bottom half. Sipp retired Murphy on a fly ball to left fielder Grossman. With the Mets down to their final out, Duda came to bat and slugged a home run to end the game. The Mets had an exciting victory.