September 28, 2014: Duda and Tejada Lift Mets Over Astros

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Date: September 28, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 8
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Matt den Dekker
Key play: Den Dekker’s single, Duda’s double and homer, Tejada’s home run

The Mets faced the Astros on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played a two-hour and forty-two-minute game to conclude the regular season. Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada combined for six RBIs as the Mets defeated Houston, 8-3.

Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon pitched a scoreless top of the first. Matt den Dekker doubled against the Astros’ Nick Tropeano to lead off the bottom half. Den Dekker advanced to third base on Bobby Abreu’s ground out to second baseman Jose Altuve and scored on Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly for a 1-0 Mets lead. Tropeano then fanned Duda for the inning’s third out.

Jon Singleton hit a double to begin the top of the second. Jake Marisnick went down on strikes and Max Stassi hit a ground-rule double that brought home Singleton with the tying run. Gregorio Petit popped out to second baseman Wilmer Flores and an intentional walk to Jonathan Villar ensued. Tropeano grounded back to Colon for the final out of the inning and Tejada singled with two outs in the bottom half. With Juan Centeno at bat, Ruben was caught stealing second base on catcher Stassi’s throw to shortstop Villar to end the inning.

Colon shut down the Astros in the top of the third. Centeno drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Juan moved to second base on Colon’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score on den Dekker’s single for a 2-1 Mets lead. Den Dekker stole second and Abreu drew a walk. Murphy and Duda were retired on consecutive outfield fly balls to close out the inning and Colon retired the side in order in the top of the fourth. Tropeano then yielded just a single to Flores in the bottom half.

Petit doubled to open the top of the fifth. Villar was called out on strikes and Tropeano drew a walk. Robbie Grossman was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Curtis Granderson, after which Petit advanced to third base. Altuve hit a single to score Petit and a fly ball by Alex Presley was caught by left fielder den Dekker to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Abreu singled and Murphy drew a walk. Duda followed with a double that drove home pinch-runner Eric Young and Murphy, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead. Tropeano then got Granderson to fly out to right fielder Presley and finish off the inning.

Marisnick got a one-out double in the top of the sixth. Stassi singled to bring home Marisnick and reduce the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Colon struck out Petit and retired Villar on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Young. Houston reliever Michael Foltynewicz hurled a perfect bottom half and the Mets’ Carlos Torres set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the seventh. Foltynewicz retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning. New York’s Jeurys Familia then set down the Astros 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth.

Murphy doubled against Foltynewicz to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. Duda connected for a home run (his 30th of the season) to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Granderson flied out to Presley and a ground-rule double by Flores ensued. Against Houston reliever Jorge De Leon, Tejada homered for the seventh and eighth New York runs of the game. Centeno was retired on a grounder to Altuve. De Leon then got pinch-hitter Eric Campbell to pop out to first baseman Singleton and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia struck out Stassi to start the top of the ninth. Gregorio was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Tejada. Mejia then got pinch-hitter L. J. Hoes to fly out to Young and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid season-closing victory.

Notes

  • Abreu’s single came in the final at-bat of his 18-season major league career.