Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 38 - Mets (5) at Cardinals (2) - Murphy wakes up sleepy Mets


N.Y. Mets (15-23) «0020020105110
St. Louis (26-14)010000010282

W: J. Niese (3-4) L: A. Wainwright (5-3) S: B. Parnell (4)
HR: NYM - None   STL - None

Recap:

Wildly streaky from week to week, Daniel Murphy is on the right side of the ledger again.

Murphy had a pair of doubles among his four hits to go with two runs scored and an RBI in the New York Mets' 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals to avoid a sweep in the finale of a four-game set.

After a terrific start to the year, Murphy fell into an 0-for-17 slide, but has responded by going 10-of-16 since with four doubles.

"When he gets it going, he can be very dangerous," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Murphy.

Murphy had an unusual ground-rule double in the sixth when he scalded an Adam Wainwright offering that stuck into a gap between the two conjoining walls in the right field corner.

David Wright registered two hits, two RBI and a run scored, while Jonathon Niese (3-4) surrendered two runs on six hits and two walks over 7 1/3 frames for the Mets, who snapped a six-game losing skid.

Bobby Parnell notched his fourth save after working around a two-out single in the ninth.

Wainwright (5-3) took a no-hitter into the eighth in his last start, but quickly allowed a one-out single to Murphy in the first. He fanned eight, but allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and a walk over six innings for St. Louis, which had won six of its last seven tilts coming in.

"He was fighting from the beginning," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Wainwright. "He was pretty good, but you could see he was laboring."

Pete Kozma's RBI double got the Cardinals on the board in the second, but the Mets countered by plating a pair in each of the third and sixth frames and added another in the eighth to surge ahead.

Jordany Valdespin ignited a two-out rally in the third with a bunt single and Murphy drove him in when he laced a double into the right field corner. Murphy advanced to third on the relay throw to the plate and scored on Wright's single to right.

Murphy led off the sixth with a double and Wright brought him home when he ripped a two-bagger into the gap in right center. Wright scurried to third on the play after the center fielder Shane Robinson one-hopped his throw past the cutoff man. He crossed the plate on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly to center two batters later.

John Buck's RBI single up the middle made it 5-1 in the eighth.

Carlos Beltran's run-scoring single cut the deficit to 5-2 in the home half, but with runners on first and second with one away, Brandon Lyon induced Allen Craig into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

Game Notes

Niese moved to 3-1 in his career against the Cardinals ... Murphy has 13 doubles on the year ... The Mets were 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position ... New York's Ike Davis went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.

Box Score:

NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Jordany Valdespin RF511000001.233
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
Daniel Murphy 2B424120010.297
David Wright 3B512210000.299
Ike Davis 1B500000004.157
Lucas Duda LF211110010.211
  Juan Lagares CF000000000.139
John Buck C401100002.233
Rick Ankiel CF-RF401010001.250
Ruben Tejada SS401000000.223
Jon Niese P300000002.154
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter PH-LF100000001.231
Totals375115500211
St. LouisABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Matt Carpenter 2B311010010.295
Shane Robinson CF300000010.176
Carlos Beltran RF403110000.309
Allen Craig LF400000001.293
Yadier Molina C411000000.333
David Freese 3B300000001.209
  Daniel Descalso PH100000000.200
Ty Wigginton 1B300000001.179
  Matt Adams PH101000000.485
Pete Kozma SS401110001.252
Adam Wainwright P201000000.174
  Randy Choate P000000000.000
  Fernando Salas P000000000.000
  Jon Jay PH100000000.274
  Joe Kelly P000000000.000
Totals3328230024


E_S.Robinson, C.Beltran. LOB_NY Mets 8, St. Louis 6. 2B_D.Murphy 2, D.Wright, L.Duda, R.Ankiel, M.Carpenter, C.Beltran, P.Kozma. SF_L.Duda. CS_L.Duda. GIDP_A.Craig 2. DP_NY Mets 2 (D.Wright, D.Murphy and I.Davis 2); St. Louis 1 (Y.Molina and M.Carpenter).

NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Jon Niese (W 3-4)7.1622230113-765.40
Brandon Lyon (H 4)0.21000007-43.45
Bobby Parnell (S 4)1.010001012-81.04
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Adam Wainwright (L 5-3)6.064318087-572.51
Randy Choate0.220011015-81.42
Fernando Salas1.121101025-164.20
Joe Kelly1.010001021-136.59


T_2:53. A_44068.
Umpires_Home,Laz Diaz; First, Tim Timmons; Second, Mike Winters; Third, Mark Wegner.
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