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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 128 - Mets (8) at A's (5) - Mets Outslug A's


New York


W: Z. Wheeler (9-8) L: J. Samardzija (5-10) S: J. Familia (4)
HR: NYM - E. Campbell (3),L. Duda (23)   OAK - None


Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer as the New York Mets roughed up Oakland's Jeff Samardzija in an 8-5 win at O.co Coliseum.

Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Eric Campbell each had two hits and one RBI for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Zack Wheeler (9-8) won his sixth straight decision after allowing four runs -- two earned -- on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Samardzija (3-3) was victimized for seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Oakland, which snapped its season-high five-game losing streak in Tuesday's opener of this two-game interleague set, trails the AL West-leading Angels by 1 1/2 games. The A's host their division rivals this weekend.

The A's produced a run without a hit in the eighth. They loaded the bases with one out on two walks and an error. Sam Fuld drew another walk to trim the deficit to 8-5, but New York reliever Jeurys Familia struck out Andy Parrino looking and got Josh Donaldson on a grounder to short to end the inning.

Familia pitched around a Stephen Vogt double in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.

There were a flurry of two-out runs after both starters opened the game with two perfect innings.

Campbell led off a five-run third by driving Samardzija's 2-0 pitch over the center-field wall. Consecutive two-out singles by Granderson and Murphy preceded a walk to David Wright. Samardzija threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Granderson, before Duda crushed an offering to center for his career-high 23rd home run.

Wheeler retired the first eight batters before Sogard reached on a four-pitch walk. Coco Crisp and John Jaso then hit back-to-back RBI doubles to right.

Granderson and Murphy knocked in runs with two-out singles in the fourth to make it 7-2, but two scored in the bottom of the frame for Oakland when Murphy kicked Parrino's two-out grounder.

Wilmer Flores singled home Duda with two outs in the fifth to put the Mets up 8-4.

New York had a chance to extend its lead in the sixth, but Fernando Abad induced a rally-killing fly out from Matt den Dekker.

Game Notes

Wheeler improved to 6-0 in his last 10 starts. The unbeaten streak began after a loss to Oakland on June 25 ... Oakland had won each of Samardzija's first five home starts ... Abad has stranded all 26 inherited runners this season ... The A's were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Curtis Granderson RF512100000.222
Daniel Murphy 2B412100011.299
David Wright 3B410000011.268
Lucas Duda 1B422300111.255
Travis d`Arnaud C400000012.224
Matt den Dekker CF-LF500000001.187
Eric Campbell DH312100110.301
Wilmer Flores SS411100000.229
Eric Young LF411000000.227
  Juan Lagares CF000000000.269
Coco Crisp DH511110000.255
John Jaso C301110000.265
  Derek Norris PH-C200000001.283
Stephen Vogt 1B501010000.322
Brandon Moss LF320000022.249
Josh Reddick RF411000000.255
Alberto Callaspo 3B-2B300000011.236
Sam Fuld CF200100020.259
Andy Parrino SS400000002.136
Eric Sogard 2B111000010.215
  Josh Donaldson PH-3B201000000.251

E_D.Murphy 2, L.Duda, E.Sogard. LOB_NY Mets 7, Oakland 8. 2B_C.Crisp, J.Jaso, S.Vogt. HR_E.Campbell (3) off J.Samardzija, L.Duda (23) off J.Samardzija. GIDP_D.Norris. DP_NY Mets 1 (W.Flores, D.Murphy and L.Duda).

Zack Wheeler (W 9-8)5.2442330103-553.48
Josh Edgin0.210001015-81.44
Vic Black1.001020018-61.95
Jeurys Familia (S 4)1.210012029-171.97
Jeff Samardzija (L 3-3)3.277723283-484.07
Jesse Chavez2.031133045-273.34
Fernando Abad2.000000022-161.62
Dan Otero1.100000019-132.28

IBB_off J.Chavez (L.Duda).
T_3:20. A_20312.
Umpires_Home,Rob Drake; First, Joe West; Second, Marty Foster; Third, Gabe Morales.

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