September 7, 2014: Granderson and Recker Lead Mets Past Reds

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Date: September 7, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 4
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Curtis Granderson, Anthony Recker
Key play: Granderson’s single and homer, Recker’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Curtis Granderson and Anthony Recker drove in two runs apiece for a 4-3 Mets win.

Zack Wheeler and the Reds’ Mat Latos each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Latos gave up only a single to Juan Lagares in the top of the fifth and singled with two outs in the bottom half. Billy Hamilton hit a single and Skip Schumaker singled to drive home Latos for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead. On his own hit, Schumaker advanced to second base via an error by center fielder Lagares. Wheeler then struck out Todd Frazier to end the inning.

Wilmer Flores reached second base on center fielder Hamilton’s error with one out in the top of the sixth. Granderson singled to score Flores and tie the game. Dilson Herrera fouled out to first baseman Jack Hannahan and a two-run homer by Recker put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Latos fanned Wheeler to close out the inning and Zack held the Reds to a double by Brandon Phillips in the bottom half. Cincinnati reliever Sam LeCure hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. For the Mets, reliever Carlos Torres surrendered just a walk to pinch-hitter Brayan Pena in the bottom of the inning.

Leading off the top of the eighth, Granderson homered against Reds’ reliever J. Hoover for a 4-1 Mets lead. Hoover set down the next three batters and New York’s Jeurys Familia struck out the side in order in the bottom half. Lagares drew a leadoff walk against Cincinnati’s Carlos Contreras to begin the top of the ninth. Juan stole second base and Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked. David Wright was retired on a fly ball to Hamilton, after which the runners moved to second and third base. The Reds’ Ryan Dennick issued a walk to Lucas Duda that loaded the bases. Dennick then got Flores to hit a grounder to shortstop Zack Cozart for an inning-ending double play.

Jay Bruce homered against Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia to open the bottom of the ninth. Hannahan hit a ground-rule double and pinch-hitter Chris Heisey lined out to Lagares. Pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick singled to drive home Hannahan and reduce the New York lead to one run. Hamilton drew a walk and Schumaker popped out to second baseman Herrera. Frazier followed with an infield single that loaded the bases. Mejia then fanned Devin Mesoraco for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to conclude the weekend series.