September 8, 2014: Two-Run 9th Beats Rockies

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Date: September 8, 2014
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 3
Rockies: 2
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): Travis d'Arnaud, Curtis Granderson, Wilmer Flores
Key play: d’Arnaud’s double, Granderson’s triple, Flores’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored twice in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over Colorado.

Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese pitched a scoreless top of the first. Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a one-out walk against the Rockies’ Jordan Lyles in the bottom half. David Wright was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Corey Dickerson. Lucas Duda followed with a double to drive home Nieuwenhuis and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Lyles then got Travis d'Arnaud to fly out to center fielder Drew Stubbs and end the inning.

Leading off the top of the second, Michael Cuddyer hit a home run to tie the game at 1-1. Stubbs was called out on strikes and Michael McKenry singled to center field. Brandon Barnes went down on strikes and DJ LeMahieu got an infield single. Niese fanned Lyles for the inning’s third out and Curtis Granderson drew a walk to open the bottom half. Wilmer Flores took a called third strike and Dilson Herrera popped out to second baseman LeMahieu. Lyles then threw a called third strike past Niese to finish off the inning.

Niese and Lyles each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. LeMahieu doubled to begin the top of the seventh. Niese retired pinch-hitter Wilin Rosario and Dickerson on consecutive ground balls to shortstop Flores. Mets’ reliever Buddy Carlyle struck out Josh Rutledge to end the inning and Colorado’s Tommy Kahnle retired the side in order in the bottom half.

To open the top of the eighth, Nolan Arenado homered against Mets’ reliever Vic Black for a 2-1 Rockies lead. Cuddyer grounded out to second baseman Herrera and a walk to Stubbs ensued. Pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Nieuwenhuis. Stubbs stole second base and Black fanned Barnes for the inning’s final out. Wright hit a double against the Rockies’ Brooks Brown with two outs in the bottom half. Colorado’s Christian Friedrich then struck out Duda to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres pitched a perfect top of the ninth. D’Arnaud doubled against the Rockies’ LaTroy Hawkins to lead off the bottom half. Granderson followed with a triple that plated pinch-runner Eric Young and tied the game at 2-2. Flores then hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Granderson with the winning run. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory to start the series.