September 5, 2014: Eighteen Hits Rout Reds

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Date: September 5, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 14
Reds: 5
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda
Key play: d’Arnaud’s single and homer, Granderson’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets collected eighteen hits in a 14-5 win.

Matt den Dekker drew a one-out walk against Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon in the top of the first inning. David Wright singled to advance den Dekker to third base and stole second. Lucas Duda went down on strikes and Travis d'Arnaud hit a single to score den Dekker. Curtis Granderson followed with a double to plate Wright for a 2-0 Mets lead. Dilson Herrera flied out to right fielder Jay Bruce to end the inning and Devin Mesoraco slugged a solo homer against the Mets’ Bartolo Colon with two outs in the bottom half. Colon then retired Bruce on a line drive to first baseman Duda for the inning’s third out.

Wilmer Flores doubled to open the top of the second. Colon reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball and Juan Lagares hit a grounder on which third baseman Todd Frazier threw to catcher Mesoraco for an out at home on Flores. Den Dekker was called out on strikes and Wright singled to load the bases. Duda drew a walk to force home Colon and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Simon then got d’Arnaud on a force play ground ball to shortstop Ramon Santiago to close out the inning.

Brandon Phillips got a leadoff single in the bottom of the second. Phillips moved to third base on Brayan Pena’s single and came home as Jason Bourgeois reached on an error by Colon. Santiago lined out to right fielder Granderson and a sacrifice bunt by Simon advanced the runners to second and third base. Billy Hamilton grounded out to third baseman Wright to finish off the inning and Simon gave up only a single to Herrera in the top of the third. Colon then shut down the Reds in the bottom half.

Lagares hit a single to open the top of the fourth. Den Dekker grounded out to Simon and a called third strike was thrown past Wright. Duda was given an intentional walk and d’Arnaud connected for a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Simon retired Granderson on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Pena, who singled with one out in the bottom half. Bourgeois lined out to center fielder Lagares and a walk to Santiago ensued. Colon then struck out pinch-hitter Donald Lutz to end the inning.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Flores hit a solo home run against Cincinnati reliever J. Hoover. Colon was retired on a foul pop-up to Pena. Hoover got Lagares on a ground ball to Frazier that closed out the inning and Colon yielded only a bunt single to Hamilton in the bottom half. Wright got a one-out single against the Reds’ Ryan Dennick in the top of the sixth. Duda popped out to Frazier and a single by d’Arnaud followed. Granderson hit a three-run homer for a 10-2 Mets lead. Herrera singled and Cincinnati’s Logan Ondrusek retired Flores on a fly ball to Bruce for the inning’s final out. Colon then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Den Dekker walked against Ondrusek with two outs in the top of the seventh. Wright doubled to drive home den Dekker and lengthen the Mets’ lead to 11-2. Duda and d’Arnaud drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and Reds’ reliever Daniel Corcino retired Granderson on a grounder to first baseman Jack Hannahan to end the inning. Colon set down the side on three straight outfield fly balls in the bottom half and Herrera homered for the twelfth New York run to lead off the top of the eighth. Flores lined out to left fielder Bourgeois and a single by pinch-hitter Eric Campbell followed. Corcino then got Lagares to line out to center fielder Hamilton and retired den Dekker on a ground ball back to the mound to finish off the inning.

Frazier hit a home run against Mets’ reliever Buddy Carlyle to begin the bottom of the eighth. Carlyle set down the next three batters to end the inning and Corcino hit pinch-hitter Josh Satin with a pitch to begin the top of the ninth. Satin moved to second base on a wild pitch and Duda slugged a two-run homer for a 14-3 Mets lead. Pinch-hitter Juan Centeno singled for the Mets’ eighteenth hit and Granderson was struck out. Herrera drew a walk and Cincinnati reliever Carlos Contreras retired Flores on a line drive to Bourgeois. Contreras then struck out Campbell to finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Chris Heisey singled against Mets’ reliever Erik Goeddel to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Bourgeois lined out to Lagares and a single by Santiago ensued. With Hannahan at bat, a wild pitch sent the runners to second and third base. Hannahan singled to drive home Heisey and Santiago with the Reds’ fourth and fifth runs. Goeddel then struck out Hamilton and retired Frazier on a pop-up to first baseman Satin to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory to start the weekend series.