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Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 31 - Pirates (2) at Mets (3) - Baxter Pulls Another Mets Miracle

Pittsburgh (18-16)000001010280
N.Y. Mets (14-17)«010000101380
W: B. Parnell (4-0) L: J. Grilli (0-1)
HR: PIT - P. Alvarez (6)   NYM - None

Mike Baxter smacked a game-winning, pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning as the New York Mets downed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, Thursday in the opener of a four-game set at Citi Field.

Baxter subbed for center fielder Juan Lagares, who made a game-saving catch in the top of the ninth, robbing Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen of an easy extra-base hit. Ike Davis had an RBI double and Marlon Byrd added a sacrifice fly for the Mets, who have won two of three.

New York starter Dillon Gee pitched five-plus innings of one-run, five-hit ball and struck out three in the victory. Bobby Parnell (4-0) picked up the win after working around a leadoff single in the ninth.

Pedro Alvarez accounted for both Pittsburgh runs with a solo homer and a sacrifice fly, while starter Jeff Locke gave up just three hits over six frames to go along with three walks and three strike outs.

Jason Grilli (0-1) absorbed the loss, allowing Baxter's game-winning hit.

Byrd singled to lead off the ninth and Andrew Brown laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Byrd to second. Baxter then poked a single just past the second baseman into center to secure the win.

In the top of the ninth, Parnell received some help from Lagares with two outs. With a runner on first, McCutchen drilled a fly ball to right-center and Lagares backed up to the warning track before leaping up and grabbing a potential base-clearing hit for an out, helping the Mets escape the inning.

LaTroy Hawkins looked to help the hosts hold onto their 2-1 lead in the eighth, but Alvarez brought the Pirates back as he crushed a moon-shot solo homer to right with one down to tie the game at 2-2.

Pittsburgh's Tony Watson retired two of the first three batters he faced in the seventh -- only allowing Brown's single -- but Davis ripped a double into the right-center gap scoring Brown from first to give the Mets a 2-1 advantage.

After Gee managed to stifle the Pirates through the first five innings, the righty ran into trouble in the sixth.

McCutchen and Garrett Jones smacked consecutive singles before Gee plunked Russell Martin to load the bases. It was the last batter he faced, as Brandon Lyon filled in on the hill.

The first batter Lyon faced, Alvarez, tied the game at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Mets opened up the scoring in the second. John Buck led off with a single and advanced to third as Justin Turner hit a single to left-center, but was thrown out attempting to reach second by McCutchen. Byrd followed with a sacrifice fly to right to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

Game Notes

Pittsburgh has lost six of its last nine games ... The Mets have just 23 RBI in their last 14 games versus left-handed starters ... Locke fell to 0-2 in his career at Citi Field ... Baxter had the game-winning hit in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the White Sox .... The Mets' last three home victories have come in game-winning fashion.

Box Score:

Starling Marte LF400000003.321
Travis Snider RF100000020.269
  Gaby Sanchez PH100000000.259
  Tony Watson P000000000.000
  Mark Melancon P000000000.000
  Jordy Mercer PH100000000.211
  Jason Grilli P000000000.000
Andrew McCutchen CF412000011.282
Garrett Jones 1B401000001.286
Russell Martin C300000000.263
Pedro Alvarez 3B312200100.182
Brandon Inge 2B300000001.263
Clint Barmes SS401000001.193
Jeff Locke P100000000.000
  Jose Tabata PH-RF202000000.231
Ruben Tejada SS400000001.243
Daniel Murphy 2B400000000.266
David Wright 3B301000010.299
John Buck C411000002.236
Justin Turner 1B201000010.378
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Lucas Duda PH100000000.237
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
Marlon Byrd RF311100001.256
Andrew Brown LF211000010.125
Juan Lagares CF301000001.136
  Mike Baxter PH101100000.269
Dillon Gee P200000000.077
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Ike Davis 1B101110000.178

LOB_Pittsburgh 10, NY Mets 7. 2B_I.Davis. HR_P.Alvarez (6) off L.Hawkins. SF_P.Alvarez, M.Byrd. S_S.Marte, J.Locke, A.Brown. GIDP_B.Inge. DP_NY Mets 1 (R.Tejada, D.Murphy and J.Turner).

Jeff Locke6.031133097-612.95
Tony Watson1.021101021-155.40
Mark Melancon1.010001012-80.50
Jason Grilli (L 0-1)0.121100010-71.26
Dillon Gee5.0511230101-655.55
Brandon Lyon (B 2)1.110000011-93.95
Scott Rice0.20001108-41.69
LaTroy Hawkins (B 1)1.011102114-103.00
Bobby Parnell (W 4-0)1.010001018-141.20

D.Gee pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

IBB_off S.Rice (A.McCutchen).
HBP_by D.Gee 2 (B.Inge,R.Martin).
T_3:06. A_20147.
Umpires_Home,Rob Drake; First, Sam Holbrook; Second, Joe West; Third, Andy Fletcher.

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