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Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 49 - D'Backs (2) at Mets (4) - Mets Avoid the Reck, Dice-K holds them down for six



New York

W: D. Matsuzaka (2-0) L: Z. Spruill (0-1) S: J. Mejia (3)
HR: ARI - None   NYM - None


Just hours after taking the loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader, Jenrry Mejia redeemed himself and nailed down the save in Game 2.

Anthony Recker went 4-for-4 with a run scored and Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed six two-run innings in his first start of the season to help the Mets take a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the series finale from Citi Field.

Daniel Murphy had three hits and an RBI for the Mets, who had lost four of five at home. Bobby Abreu had two hits and an RBI in the triumph.

Matsuzaka (2-0) struck out six, yielding just the two runs on three hits after pitching out of the bullpen in his first 14 appearances this season.

Three Mets relievers combined for two scoreless innings before Mejia nailed down his third save of the season.

Earlier in the day, Mejia allowed an unearned run in the ninth inning that proved to be the difference.

The D-backs turned to Zeke Spruill (0-1), who was called up from Triple-A Reno prior to the game. Spruill was roughed up in his season debut, allowing three runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Both of Arizona's runs came in the second inning. Aaron Hill led off with a single and scored on Martin Prado's opposite field triple down the third base line. Cody Ross' groundout plated Prado to make it 2-0.

The Mets got a run back in the home half of the second, when Matsuzaka helped his cause with a broken-bat bloop RBI single to left.

Spruill made the lead hold until the fifth inning, when a one-out walk to Curtis Granderson set up the game-tying run. Abreu slapped the first pitch he saw all the way to the wall in left for an RBI double to tie it. One inning later, pinch-hitter Ruben Tejada singled home Recker, who doubled to start the frame.

After Trevor Cahill took the hill later in the sixth, David Wright singled to left. Tejada, who was on second base, tried to take home on the play and was gunned down by Ender Inciarte, aided by Tuffy Gosewisch's diving tag just before Tejada touched the plate.

The Mets manufactured an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth against Cahill. Chris Young led off with a walk, Juan Lagares moved him to second with a sac bunt and Murphy made it 4-2 with an RBI single to center.

Game Notes

The Mets left 13 runners on base ... Matsuzaka's single was just the fourth hit by a Mets pitcher this season. His RBI was the third of his career ... Arizona finished 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

A.J. Pollock CF400000001.286
Gerardo Parra RF301000011.264
Paul Goldschmidt 1B400000002.305
Aaron Hill 2B311000000.257
  Cliff Pennington 2B100000000.238
Martin Prado 3B311101000.258
Cody Ross LF300100000.195
  Trevor Cahill P000000000.167
  Joe Thatcher P000000000.000
  Miguel Montero PH100000001.255
Chris Owings SS401000000.266
Tuffy Gosewisch C301010001.250
  Eric Chavez PH100000000.283
Zeke Spruill P200000001.000
  Ender Inciarte LF100000000.111
Juan Lagares CF400000000.289
Daniel Murphy 2B403100010.310
David Wright 3B401000012.311
Curtis Granderson LF-RF310000022.216
Bobby Abreu RF402110000.265
  Carlos Torres P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Jeurys Familia P000000000.000
  Lucas Duda PH100000000.228
  Jenrry Mejia P000000000.000
Eric Campbell 1B401000000.333
Wilmer Flores SS410000000.257
Anthony Recker C414010000.242
Daisuke Matsuzaka P101100000.500
  Ruben Tejada PH101100000.195
  Chris Young LF010000010.204

E_D.Wright. LOB_Arizona 6, NY Mets 13. 2B_T.Gosewisch, B.Abreu, A.Recker. 3B_M.Prado. S_J.Lagares, D.Matsuzaka. SB_G.Parra (4). CS_A.Recker.

Zeke Spruill (L 0-1)5.1103323093-605.06
Trevor Cahill2.031130042-175.70
Joe Thatcher0.200001011-82.45
Daisuke Matsuzaka (W 2-0)6.032216098-672.33
Carlos Torres (H 5)1.010000012-72.83
Josh Edgin (H 1)0.10000006-43.00
Jeurys Familia (H 1)0.200000010-83.18
Jenrry Mejia (S 3)1.010001012-84.23

HBP_by D.Matsuzaka (M.Prado). 
T_3:12. A_30785.
Umpires_Home,Pat Hoberg; First, Brian Gorman; Second, Jim Reynolds; Third, Ben May
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