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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Recap: Game 73 - Mets (4) at White Sox (5) - White Sox win it in 9th

N.Y. Mets (30-43)200010001451
Chi. White Sox (32-42)«101020001571

W: A. Reed (3-0) L: L. Hawkins (2-1)
HR: NYM - A. Brown (3)   CHW - T. Flowers (7)


Alexei Ramirez delivered the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Chicago White Sox made up for an embarrassing late-inning error to defeat the New York Mets, 5-4, in the opener of a brief, two-game interleague series.

LaTroy Hawkins (2-1) took the loss for the Mets. Jeff Keppinger opened the final frame with a single, then advance to second on the reliever's fielding error on Gordon Beckham's sacrifice bunt. Tyler Flowers' fielder's choice ground out moved Keppinger to third and after the next batter fouled out, Ramirez ripped a liner off the chalk down the left-field line for the difference-maker.

The Mets trailed 4-3 in the top of the ninth after Chicago utilized a two-run fifth to take the lead off New York starter Zach Wheeler.

Facing Addison Reed (3-0), David Wright opened up the frame with a single and then stole second. Reed settled down and retired the next two batters via a strikeout and fly out, but things got interesting with Daniel Murphy at the plate.

Murphy appeared to end the Mets' hopes with an easy infield pop out in front of the mound, but Beckham and third baseman Conor Gillaspie botched the can of corn catch and tripped over each other, allowing the ball to fall and Wright to score to tie the game at 4-4.

Chicago starter Chris Sale, seeking to snap a career-worst four-start losing streak, quietly struck out 13 batters and allowed three runs on four hits over eight strong frames.

Wright finished with two stolen bases and two runs scored, while Andrew Brown hit a solo homer in the setback, New York's second in three outings.

Wheeler, making his second career start, lasted 5 1/3 frames, yielding four runs on four hits and three walks, but the costly fifth came back to bit the Mets as the White Sox took advantage of the young hurler's inconsistency.

With the game tied at 2-2 through four innings, Brown opened up the fifth with a blast to right, just his third homer of the season, to give New York a one- run advantage.

In the home half, Beckham singled and stole second, then Wheeler plunked Flowers and allowed both him and Beckham to advance one base on an errant wild pitch. Alejandro De Aza provided an RBI ground out to knot the game and Ramirez came through with a sacrifice fly to right, putting the hosts ahead 4-3.

Eric Young doubled to leadoff the contest and eventually stole third following Wright's walk with one down. Marlon Byrd's sacrifice fly made it 1-0 and, after Wright swiped second, Josh Satin's single scored the Mets' captain to make it 2-0 New York.

The White Sox chipped away in the second and fourth and tied the game.

In the second, De Aza singled, stole second and advanced to third on Ramirez's groundout. Alex Rios' groundout to third was deep enough to score De Aza to cut the deficit to 2-1. Flowers tied the game at the start of the third with a shot to center.

Game Notes

New York fell to 7-2 this year in interleague play ... Ramirez finished with two RBI ... It was Flowers' seventh homer of the season ... Sale finished with 110 pitches compared to Wheeler's 109.

Box Score:

Eric Young LF-2B311010011.258
Jordany Valdespin 2B300000002.202
  Zach Lutz PH100000000.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF000000000.119
David Wright 3B321000012.309
Marlon Byrd RF300100003.259
Josh Satin 1B401100001.267
John Buck C301000002.214
  Daniel Murphy PH100000000.271
  Anthony Recker C000000000.174
Andrew Brown DH411100102.227
Juan Lagares CF300000001.225
Omar Quintanilla SS300000001.262
Alejandro De Aza CF-LF512100000.257
Alexei Ramirez SS301200010.277
Alex Rios RF400100001.280
Adam Dunn 1B201010020.195
Dayan Viciedo LF400000000.231
  Jordan Danks CF000000000.111
Conor Gillaspie 3B300000010.246
Jeff Keppinger DH411000000.232
Gordon Beckham 2B311000000.308
Tyler Flowers C321100100.217

E_L.HawkinsG.Beckham. LOB_NY Mets 3, Chicago WSox 7. 2B_E.Young, A.Dunn. HR_A.Brown (3) off C.Sale, T.Flowers (7) off Z.Wheeler. SF_M.Byrd, A.Ramirez. S_G.Beckham. SB_E.Young (9), D.Wright 2 (14), D.Murphy (7), A.De Aza (8), A.Ramirez (17), G.Beckham (3). GIDP_A.Brown, D.Viciedo. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Wright, E.Young and J.Satin); Chicago WSox 1 (A.Ramirez and A.Dunn).

Zack Wheeler5.1444311109-663.18
Carlos Torres1.210000018-151.29
Josh Edgin1.000010015-85.87
LaTroy Hawkins (L 2-1)0.221000013-103.45
Chris Sale8.04332131110-782.75
Addison Reed (W 3-0;B 3)1.011002017-133.09

HBP_by Z.Wheeler (T.Flowers).
T_2:55. A_20789.
Umpires_Home,Ron Kulpa; First, Tom Hallion; Second, Phil Cuzzi; Third, Chris Guccione

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