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Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 162 - Brewers (2) at Mets (3) - Mets Celebrate Piazza Day with Win


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Milwaukee (74-88)000200000262
N.Y. Mets (74-88)«10000002x331

W: V. Black (3-0) L: B. Kintzler (3-3) S: F. Francisco (1)
HR: MIL - None   NYM - None

Recap:

Eric Young won the National League stolen base crown with 46 and helped the Mets rally past Milwaukee 3-2 on Sunday when the Brewers botched two bunts in the eighth inning.

The speedy Young swiped two bases in the first, scored on a shallow sacrifice fly and later threw out a runner at the plate from left field. He began the day tied for the NL lead in steals with Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura, who sat out for the 10th time in 11 games.

Young's father led the NL in stolen bases with 53 for the Rockies in 1996.

Playing in front of their third sellout this season, the injury-riddled Mets prevented a four-game sweep by Milwaukee and finished 74-88 for the second consecutive year. They have endured five straight losing seasons since moving into Citi Field.

Before the game, former slugger Mike Piazza was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame during a 30-minute ceremony on the field.

After the final out, Young applauded as Mets players tossed their caps into the stands behind the dugout.

Center fielder Juan Lagares also cut down a Milwaukee runner at the plate in the fourth to help starter Jonathon Niese escape further damage.

Marco Estrada allowed two hits in seven sharp innings for the Brewers, who finished 74-88 for fourth place in the NL Central. They had won four games in a row and 12 of 17.

Estrada struck out eight and walked none.

Milwaukee scored twice on five singles and a walk in the fourth, then carried a 2-1 lead into the eighth. Lagares reached on a throwing error by shortstop Jeff Bianchi, and Juan Centeno dropped down a bunt in front of home plate.

Second baseman Scooter Gennett was late covering first and bumped into umpire CB Bucknor while trying to navigate his way toward the bag. The low throw from catcher Jonathan Lucroy skipped up the right field line for an error that allowed Lagares to score all the way from first.

Wilfredo Tovar sacrificed and reached safely when first baseman Sean Halton made an ill-advised throw to third. Pinch-runner Matt den Dekker beat the play, putting runners at the corners.

One out later, Young drove in the go-ahead run with a dribbler to reliever Brandon Kintzler (3-3).

Vic Black (3-0) pitched a hitless inning for the win and Frank Francisco struck out two of three batters in the ninth for his first save since Sept. 1 last year.

Box Score:

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Recap: Game 161 - Brewers (4) at Mets (2) - The Carlos Gomez Show at Citi


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Milwaukee (74-87)«00010001024121
N.Y. Mets (73-88)0001000010250

W: D. Hand (1-5) L: S. Atchison (3-3) S: A. Figaro (1)
HR: MIL - C. Gomez (24)   NYM - None

Recap:
Looks like he has to take a shit

The Ex Met - Carlos Gomez homered and had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning that sent Milwaukee past the New York Mets 4-2 on Saturday for its fourth straight victory. Gomez stole two bases in the second to give him 39 this season. The All-Star center fielder singled in the eighth before Betancourt's bases-loaded sacrifice fly gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead.

Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs for the Brewers (74-87), who have won six of seven and 12 of 17. Milwaukee has taken the first three in a four-game set at Citi Field -- all by the same score -- to give the club five victories in its final seven series.

Eric Young Jr. singled home the tying run for the Mets in the ninth on an 0-2 pitch from rookie Donovan Hand. David Wright had a chance to win it, but he grounded sharply into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

Pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl drew a four-pitch walk from Scott Atchison (3-3) to start the 10th and went to third on Jonathan Lucroy's broken-bat single. Gomez followed with a flare to right-center to put Milwaukee ahead. Betancourt added an RBI single.

Donovan Hand (1-5) initially tried for a six-out save and instead wound up with his first major league win. With the Brewers resting closer Jim Henderson, Alfredo Figaro got three straight outs for his first career save.

Captain David Wright went 0 for 5 and stranded six runners after sitting out Friday night with a sore right thumb. He grounded out ending the seventh, leaving three aboard after New York loaded the bases with no outs.

Young lined out to center field and Lucas Duda popped up before Wright came to bat. The Mets, who have managed 13 runs in their last six games, are 2 for 27 (.074) with runners in scoring position during the series.

All-Star shortstop Jean Segura returned to Milwaukee's lineup after missing nine games because of a strained right hamstring, but was lifted in the eighth. Segura and Young remained tied for tops in the NL with 44 stolen bases.

Brewers prospect Jimmy Nelson allowed one hit over five innings in his first major league start.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Recap: Game 160 - Brewers (4) at Mets (2) - Brew Crew Outslugs Mets


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Milwaukee (73-87)«300000100450
N.Y. Mets (73-87)010001000280

W: Y. Gallardo (12-10) L: C. Torres (4-6) S: J. Henderson (28)
HR: MIL - N. Aoki (8),K. Davis (11),M. Maldonado (4)   NYM - None

Recap:

Norichika Aoki hit a leadoff homer, Khris Davis connected three batters later and Yovani Gallardo pitched the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.

Martin Maldonado also homered and Gallardo (12-10) went six innings to end his inconsistent season with a win.

The right-hander, who won 33 games over the previous two years, finished 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA in eight starts since returning from a strained left hamstring.

The fourth-place Brewers are closing strong, too. They have won three straight and five of six, giving them nine victories in their last 10 road games against New York.

Brandon Kintzler worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Jim Henderson pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save in 32 tries.

The punchless Mets played without All-Star third baseman David Wright, who sat out with a sore right thumb, and lost 4-2 to Milwaukee for the second consecutive game. The star slugger jammed his thumb when he hit the dirt after he was plunked by a pitch from Johnny Hellweg.

Justin Turner knocked in a run with an infield single in the sixth to cut it to 3-2. New York had the bases loaded with one out, but Gallardo struck out Juan Lagares before Daniel Murphy tried to score from third on a pitch in the dirt.

Maldonado blocked the ball in front of him and scrambled back in time to tag Murphy, who tried to hurdle the catcher at home plate.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Recap: Game 159 - Brewers (4) at Mets (2) - Mets Beaned and Battered at Citi


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N.Y. Mets (73-86)001000001280

W: A. Figaro (3-3) L: D. Gee (12-11) S: J. Henderson (27)
HR: MIL - None   NYM - J. Satin (3)

Recap:

Johnny Hellweg had beaned Mets All-Star David Wright, hit another batter and walked four in the first four innings. Wright too was fine, after being hit in the helmet by a changeup from Hellweg.

The All-Star third baseman went down on hands and knees for several moments before a Mets trainer rushed out to check on him. He then walked off without assistance, flipping his batting helmet in one hand.

Hellweg, the PCL pitcher of the year for Triple-A Nashville, where he was 12-5 with a 3.15 ERA, said he was shaken by the two-out pitch, and it showed. He hit Lucas Duda in the back of the leg with the next pitch and then walked Mike Baxter on four pitches to load the bases.

After loading the bases, Matt den Dekker struck out for the Mets, who entered with a home record worse than all in the National League except the Cubs (31-50).

Coming off a road trip in which they won five of six, the Mets were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position in dropping to 32-46 at Citi Field.

Alfredo Figaro (3-3) took over and he balked a runner to second when he dropped the ball to the mound while bringing his arm back during his delivery. He pitched two innings for the win.

Dillon Gee (12-11) has been one of the Mets' most consistent pitchers since May 30. He entered with a 2.57 ERA in 21 starts since then and, except for an unfortunate third inning, he shut down the short-handed Brewers for six innings.

Milwaukee was playing without Carlos Gomez, who was serving a one-game suspension for inciting a benches-clearing fracas against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. Jean Segura missed his eighth straight game because of a strained right hamstring. He entered leading the NL with 44 steals but Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. tied him by swiping two bases. Young scored on Daniel Murphy's groundout in the third.

Jim Henderson gave up a homer, affirmed by video review, to pinch-hitter Josh Satin before striking out three for his 27th save.

The Brewers scored four times in the second, Gee walked Khris Davis to start the inning. Caleb Gindl singled to left-center and, after an out, Juan Francisco drove in a run with a slow-rolling grounder up the middle. Jeff Bianchi added another RBI with a soft blooper to left. Scooter Gennett capped the inning with a two-run single.

Lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth, Gee gave up four runs and seven hits. He walked two in finishing the season at 199 innings, an encouraging sign after missing much of last season following surgery to remove a blood clot from an artery in his pitching shoulder.



Box Score:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 158 - Mets (1) at Reds (0) - Dice-K, Bullpen, Terrific


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Cincinnati (90-69)000000000040

W: D. Matsuzaka (3-3) L: M. Latos (14-7) S: L. Hawkins (13)
HR: NYM - None   CIN - None

Recap:

Daisuke Matsuzaka scattered four hits in 7 2-3 shutout innings to win his third consecutive start, outdueling Cincinnati's Mat Latos in the New York Mets' 1-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.

Eric Young Jr. drove in the only run for the Mets, who won two of three in the series to further dampen Cincinnati's hopes of hosting the National League wild-card playoff game on Tuesday.

The Reds came into the game in third place in the Central Division and second in the wild-card standings, one game behind Pittsburgh. The Pirates and Reds end the regular season with a three-game series starting Friday in Cincinnati.

Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed two walks and hit a batter. He struck out six and evened his record after three losses and a no-decision in his first four starts after joining the Mets in August.

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Happy Recap: Game 157 - Mets (4) at Reds (2) - Niese, Murphy's 3-Run Bomb Dooms Cincy Hopes for Division Title


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Cincinnati (90-68)010010000280

W: J. Niese (8-8) L: M. Leake (14-7) S: V. Black (1)
HR: NYM - D. Murphy (13)   CIN - None

Recap:

Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer off Mike Leake, whose long streak of scoreless innings got shattered early, and the New York Mets beat Cincinnati 4-2 on Tuesday night, a costly setback to the Reds' hopes of another division title.

The Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates clinched playoff spots on Monday night, but hoped to chase down the first-place St. Louis Cardinals with closing surges. Leake's one very bad inning made that much less likely for the Reds.

Cincinnati fell a daunting three games behind St. Louis, which beat Washington 2-0 on Tuesday night. If they can't catch up, they are headed for the wild card playoff game next Tuesday.

Leake (14-7) gave up four runs and eight hits in only 1 2-3 innings, matching the shortest start of his career. Wilfredo Tovar ended his scoreless innings streak at 21 2-3 with an RBI single, and Murphy's homer gave left-hander Jon Niese (8-8) the big lead.

Jon Niese kept lefties Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in check again, holding them to a combined 0 for 6 with four strikeouts. Niese allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings. Vic Black faced three batters in the ninth, getting his first career save on his second try.

Votto is 2 for 15 in his career against Niese with seven strikeouts. Bruce is 2 for 13 with six strikeouts.

Niese also got off to a rough start, giving up singles to Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips on his first two pitches of the game. He got out of that threat with the help of center fielder Juan Lagares, who nailed Choo at the plate as he tried to score on Ryan Ludwick's single.

Eric Young Jr. had a single and a double, scored a run and stole his 42nd base for the Mets, who have won eight of 12.

Game Notes:

Murphy's 13 homers are a career high. ... Young has 26 steals in the second half of the season, most in the majors. ... Leake also lasted 1 2-3 innings on July 30 last season against San Diego. ... Leake's scoreless streak was the longest by a Reds starter since Tom Browning threw 23 straight scoreless innings in 1990, when the Reds won the World Series. The series concludes with a day game on Wednesday. RHP Mat Latos (14-6) starts for Cincinnati against RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3).

Box Score:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Recap: Game 156 - Mets (2) at Reds (3) - Mets Lose in 10, Reds clinch playoff spot


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Cincinnati (90-67)«02000000013101

W: M. Parra (2-3) L: G. Burke (0-3)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (15)   CIN - None

Recap:

Shin-Soo Choo drove in the winning run with a single off the wall in the 10th inning, and the Reds secured their third playoff spot in four years shortly after beating the New York Mets 3-2 on Monday night.

The Reds clinched theirs after Choo's drive smacked high off the wall in left-center field. Eight minutes later, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 4-3, clinching an NL wild card for Pittsburgh.

The Reds were pulling for first-place St. Louis to lose. Instead, the Cardinals retained their two-game lead over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the NL Central.

The Reds kept pace with St. Louis despite squandering plenty of chances to end it early. They wasted a chance in the ninth, when David Aardsma pitched out of a bases-loaded threat by retiring Todd Frazier on a fly out.

Greg Burke (0-3) gave up a one-out single to Devin Mesoraco in the 10th, and Derrick Robinson singled him to third. Choo followed with his third hit of the game, off left-hander Sean Henn, a drive high off the wall in left-center. Choo headed for the dugout after crossing first base.

Johnny Cueto made a second solid start since coming off the disabled list, an encouraging sign for Cincinnati's postseason plans. The right-hander has been sidelined three times by soreness near his shoulder.

He gave up two runs -- one earned -- on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly and solo homer, which snapped an 0-for-17 slump. In two starts, Cueto has allowed eight hits and one earned run in 12 innings.

Aaron Harang is 3-0 in four career starts against the Reds, including a 4-2 victory with Seattle on July 5 at Great American Ball Park. The Mariners later released him with a 5-11 record.

The Reds sustained their hopes of another division title by winning another long game -- they are 13-9 in extra innings.

They were six games out on Aug. 9, in danger of falling out of the division's three-team race. They regrouped and have taken the race down to the final week by winning 12 of their last 17.

Game Notes

New York's David Wright had his hitting streak ended at eight games. ... Billy Hamilton got in as a pinch-runner in the eighth and stole second, leaving him 13 for 13 in attempts. The Mets called for a pitchout but Frank Francisco threw it over the plate. ...

Box Score:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 155 - Mets (4) at Phillies (3) - Tovar's First MLB Hit delivers Mets to Victory and Sweep in Series


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Philadelphia (71-84)010001010391

W: C. Torres (4-5) L: C. Lee (14-7) S: L. Hawkins (12)
HR: NYM - None   PHI - None

Recap:

Wilfredo Tovar knocked in two runs with a single in the seventh to put the Mets ahead by one with his first major-league hit -- off Cliff Lee no less.

Carlos Torres (4-5) struck out six in six innings for New York and allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks.

Cliff Lee (14-7)gave up three runs, two earned, and eight hits in seven innings. He struck out eight without a walk in Philadelphia's final home game of the season.

LaTroy Hawkins nailed down a landmark save -- No. 100 in his long career as a major-league reliever.

The 40-year-old right-hander finished off New York's 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Sunday, striking out Jimmy Rollins to end it and pull the Mets into a tie for third place with the Phillies in the NL East.

Domonic Brown put the Phillies ahead in the sixth with a one-out RBI single that made it 2-1, but the Phillies missed a chance to add on, leaving the bases loaded. It is also worth mentioning that you can find all of the latest betting odds for the Mets at sites like https://www.bwin.com.

After Kevin Frandsen hit an RBI double in the second inning, the Mets' Andrew Brown answered with an RBI groundout in the fourth.

Cody Asche struck out with the tying run on third in the eighth. Philadelphia pulled within one when Carlos Ruiz tagged and scored from third on a foul-ball pop up by Darin Ruf.

The Phillies fell to 18-17 under Sandberg.

Game Notes

The Mets won the season series over the Phillies, 10-9. ... The Phillies eclipsed the 3-million mark in attendance for the seventh straight season in their final home game Sunday, finishing with a total gate count of 3,012,403. Philadelphia led the major leagues in attendance in 2011 and 2012. ... Mets manager Terry Collins gave 3B David Wright the day off Sunday after Wright played the first two games of the series. New York activated Wright from the disabled list Friday. ... The Phillies finished the year with a home record 43-38. ...



Box Score:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 154 - Mets (5) at Phillies (4) - Wright, Murphy Lead Mets to Victory in Rain Shorten Game


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N.Y. Mets (70-84)«0001040570
Philadelphia (71-83)010003x470

W: D. Gee (12-10) L: T. Cloyd (2-6)
HR: NYM - D. Wright (18),D. Murphy (12)   PHI - None

Recap:

David Wright and Daniel Murphy hit solo home runs and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Saturday night in a game called in the top of the seventh inning because of rain.

Wright connected for the third consecutive game and second straight day since returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for more than a month. He has the most homers by any visiting player at Citizens Bank Park with 19.

The Mets have won five of their last six series in Philadelphia.

Murphy broke a 1-all tie with a homer in a four-run sixth. His 12th homer of the season tied a career high set in 2009.

Juan Lagares chased Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd (2-6) from the game with a two-run triple in the sixth. Lagares was 1 for 31 at the plate before the hit.

Dillon Gee (12-10) yielded four runs on seven hits with a walk while going the distance. Three of those runs came in a rain-soaked sixth inning.

Cloyd lasted just five-plus innings for Philadelphia and allowed five runs on six hits, two walks and a hit batsman. In his last four starts, he has surrendered 22 runs in 19 innings.

Domonic Brown singled in the second, made it to third on Darin Ruf's infield hit and scored on a sacrifice fly, barely avoiding catcher Travis d'Arnaud's tag.

Cesar Hernandez, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley hit consecutive doubles in the sixth to spark a three-run inning. Carlos Ruiz picked up an RBI groundout and Utley scored on a wild pitch.

Wright drew a walk with one out in the seventh, heading to first base as the Phillies were already coming off the field because of the rain delay.

The teams played in the rain before the game was halted, and it was called after a wait of 1 hour, 28 minutes.

Game Notes

The Mets said RHP Zack Wheeler will be shut down for the remainder of the year. Wheeler went 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in his rookie season. ... Collins said Wright will still get his scheduled day off Sunday, despite playing just six innings Saturday. ... Before the game, fans gave a loud ovation for Charlie Manuel, who was not present but received the Phillies' Dallas Green Award for Special Achievement. Manuel won his 1,000th career game as manager days before he was fired on Aug. 16. Rollins and Utley accepted the award in his absence. ... In the series finale and the Phillies' final home game of the year on Sunday, LHP Cliff Lee (14-6, 2.95) will oppose Mets RHP Carlos Torres (3-5, 3.48).

Box Score:

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 153 - Mets (6) at Phillies (4) - Wright Homers in first AB off DL


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Philadelphia (71-82)000400000451

W: D. Matsuzaka (2-3) L: C. Hamels (8-14) S: L. Hawkins (11)
HR: NYM - D. Wright (17)   PHI - None

Recap:

The Captain David Wright homered, Daniel Murphy had three hits and Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his second straight victory in New York's 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

The Mets jumped on Cole Hamels for three runs in the first. After Young led off with a bloop double that bounded off the glove of diving right fielder John Mayberry Jr. and Murphy singled, Wright homered in his first at-bat since being placed on the disabled list Aug. 3 with a strained right hamstring.

Eric Young Jr. singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Mets, who have won four of seven.

Darin Ruf doubled and drove in a pair of runs for Philadelphia, which has lost four of seven.

LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in 14 opportunities. Hawkins got some help when a retreating Juan Lagares made a leaping, one-handed catch in front of the wall in center to rob Ruf of extra bases leading off the inning.

The homer moved Wright past Mike Piazza into second on the club's career list with 221 homers. Darryl Strawberry is No. 1 with 252.

New York added lone runs in the third and fourth on RBI singles by Andrew Brown and Young, respectively, before the Phillies scored four times in the bottom of the fourth to pull within 5-4. Ruf did the bulk of the damage with a two-run double. Hamels also drove in a run with a groundout to first.

But the Mets got an insurance run in the seventh on Josh Satin's RBI groundout.

Matsuzaka (2-3) pitched six innings, allowing four runs on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

Hamels (8-14) lost for the first time since July 26. The left-hander entered Friday 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in the nine starts since his last defeat. But he left after seven subpar innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Game Notes

Wright's homer was his 18th at Citizens Bank Park, matching his total at Atlanta's Turner Field for his most in road ballparks.. Besides Wright, the Mets activated Wilfredo Tovar before Friday's game. Tovar hit .263 with four homers and 36 RBIs in 133 games with Double-A Binghamton this season.. Young stole his 40th base of the season and MLB-leading 24th since the All-Star break.. The series continues Saturday night when New York right-hander Dillon Gee (11-10, 3.47 ERA) faces Phillies right-hander Tyler Cloyd (2-5, 5.06).

Box Score:

Friday, September 20, 2013

Recap: Game 152 - Giants (2) at Mets (1) - Bumgarner outdoes Niese in finale


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N.Y. Mets (68-84)000100000140

W: M. Bumgarner (13-9) L: J. Niese (7-8) S: J. Lopez (1)
HR: SF - None   NYM - None

Recap:

Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in seven innings of four-hit ball, outpitching Jonathon Niese to lead San Francisco over the New York Mets 2-1 Thursday.

Juan Perez went 3 for 3 with an RBI single in his hometown, and the World Series champions won for the eighth time in 11 games. After taking two of three from the Mets, the Giants won't even change hotels -- they remain in New York this weekend to play three interleague games at Yankee Stadium.

Bumgarner (13-9) has gone 19 straight starts without yielding more than three earned runs, the longest streak by a San Francisco pitcher since Tim Lincecum's 19 in a row from 2007-08. The previous Giants hurler to do it during one season was Ed Whitson in 1980, according to STATS.

Following his 13th career game with double-digit strikeouts, Bumgarner needs one more K to reach 200 in a season for the first time. The All-Star left-hander surpassed 200 innings for the third consecutive year.

Niese (7-8) threw seven solid innings for the Mets, who rallied for four runs in the ninth to win 5-4 on Wednesday night. They batted .184 while going 4-7 on their penultimate homestand.

With a runner on second, Javier Lopez retired pinch-hitters Lucas Duda and Anthony Recker for his first save since Sept. 11 last year. Recker struck out to end a crisp game that took 2 hours, 37 minutes.

Giants closer Sergio Romo, who had a blown save Wednesday, was rested after throwing 50 pitches over the previous two days.

Daniel Murphy drove in the lone run for the Mets, who ended an 11-game homestand with just three wins.

Game Notes

Tony Abreu had two hits for the Giants ... New York won the season series from the Giants, 4-2.


Box Score:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 151 - Giants (4) at Mets (5) - Satin delivers in the 9th


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N.Y. Mets (68-83)«000000014592

W: V. Black (2-0) L: S. Romo (4-8)
HR: SF - G. Blanco (3)   NYM - None

Recap:

The New York Mets were shut down by Matt Cain for almost eight innings, the Mets fought back against San Francisco's bullpen. Pinch-hitter Zach Lutz had an RBI double and Juan Centeno, making his major league debut, singled in a run off closer Sergio Romo (4-8).

Josh Satin hit a two-run single to cap a four-run outburst that sent New York past the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Wednesday night, moments after Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada broke his right leg.

Tejada was injured when he tumbled over sliding left fielder Andrew Brown to catch a popup in the ninth inning. Tejada, who knocked shins with the oncoming Brown, initially stayed in the game but was lifted for Lutz in the bottom of the inning.

Satin had a career-best three RBI, including a sacrifice fly against Cain in the eighth. Vic Black (2-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

Matt Cain scattered six singles over 7 2/3 innings and did not allow an earned run. New York pushed only one runner to second base before the eighth.

New York gave away a run with two embarrassing errors in the fourth. Satin bobbled a leadoff grounder to third by Crawford, who scored when Brown flubbed Blanco's two-out fly to right.

Game Notes

The Mets pitching staff combined for 14 strikeouts ... Romo blew his fifth save of the season ... Mets rookie C Travis d'Arnaud sat out with a sore right shoulder. He was hit by a foul ball Tuesday night and left the game two innings later. Collins said he hopes d'Arnaud can play Thursday. ... Centeno started behind the plate and singled his second time up for his first career hit. ... Mets CF Juan Lagares snapped an 0-for-19 skid with a second-inning single. ...

Box Score:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Recap: Game 150 - Giants (8) at Mets (5) - Pagan puts on a show a Citi


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N.Y. Mets (67-83)001300001591

W: Y. Petit (4-0) L: S. Henn (0-1)
HR: SF - A. Pagan (4)   NYM - None

Recap:

Angel Pagan puts on a show at Citi Field.  Pagan hit a home run, tripled and drove in three runs on a perfect night at the plate against his former team, leading Yusmeiro Petit and the Giants past the New York Mets 8-5 on Tuesday.

The switch-hitter went 3 for 3 with two walks and scored twice for the defending World Series champions, who have won four straight and seven of nine to improve to 70-81. His tie breaking home run in the seventh inning made a winner of Petit (4-0) in his second start since nearly pitching a perfect game.

Angel Pagan spent four seasons with the Mets before they traded him to San Francisco in December 2011. He helped the Giants win a championship last year and then re-signed with them for $40 million over four years.

Tony Abreu added an RBI double against Gonzalez Germen in the eighth, and Pagan's triple off the wall in right-center made it 7-4. Hunter Pence singled home a run in the ninth for his 20th RBI in his past seven games.

The Mets had their chances when Giants reliever Sandy Rosario issued a leadoff walk in the ninth and left with a strained right hip. Sergio Romo gave up an RBI single to Daniel Murphy before retiring Lucas Duda and pinch-hitter Andrew Brown with the bases loaded to end it.

Mets starter Zack Wheeler threw 107 pitches over five innings against his former club. The rookie walked a career-high six -- four in the second inning. In all, seven New York pitchers combined to issue a season-high 10 walks.

Game Notes

Prior to the game, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey decided he will hold off on surgery on his right elbow, instead optioning for a rehabilitation process... Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud left in the fourth after taking a foul ball off his shoulder the inning prior ... The Giants ended a five-game losing streak to the Mets ... The Giants have won all five of Petit's starts. Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud left in the fourth after taking a foul ball off his shoulder the inning prior ... The Giants ended a five-game losing streak to the Mets ... The Giants have won all five of Petit's starts.

Box Score:

Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 149 - Marlins (0) at Mets (1) - d'Arnaud's walk off single wins it in 12th


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N.Y. Mets (67-82)«0000000001172

W: V. Black (1-0) L: Z. Phillips (0-1)
HR: MIA - None   NYM - None

Recap:

The slumping Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI single with two outs 12th inning and Black earned his first career win in New York's 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

With several rookies' families in town, d'Arnaud gave the game ball right to his mom. Black was given the lineup card, and it was sitting in his locker. He said it will be going home to Texas with his parents.

Dillon Gee and Tom Koehler took a pitchers' duel into the eighth inning before the Marlins and Mets each used five relievers to finish off the fifth extra-inning matchup this season between the NL East's worst teams.

D'Arnaud came through in a game of many missed opportunities and after the two previous batters grounded into forceouts at the plate. New York had loaded the bases with no outs against Zach Phillip (0-1), making his third appearance for the Marlins.

Miami wasted chances early, going 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position in the first nine innings. Eric Young Jr. was the only Mets player to reach second base -- a two-out double in the sixth -- until they put a runner on third in the 11th. But Young was struck out by Chad Qualls to end the threat.

The Marlins have lost eight of 10.

Tom Koehler allowed three hits in a career best-matching eight innings. He struck out five without walking a batter -- he had gone six straight starts giving up at least two walks.

Dillon Gee has been stingy when he has allowed runners on base. Batters were just 3 of 28 with runners in scoring position coming and the Marlins were worse: hitless in seven at-bats against the right-hander.

Gee gave up six hits in 7 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out eight, including four in a row between the second and third.

Game Notes

Koehler is winless in eight straight starts ... The Mets were 0-for-5 with RISP before d'Arnaud's hit ... Daniel Murphy went 2-for-5 for New York.

Box Score:

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 148 (GM2) - Marlins (1) at Mets (3) - Duda, Murphy Go Long, Dice-K Pitches Well


Recap:

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed two hits over seven innings and the New York Mets got back-to-back homers from Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda to beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Saturday night for a doubleheader split.

Matsuzaka (1-3) plunked Placido Polanco twice in the nightcap, but other than that the Japanese right-hander was in complete control en route to his first major league win in more than a year.

Pitching one day after his 33rd birthday, Matsuzaka suddenly was a model of efficiency. Working much quicker than before, he threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of 26 batters and needed only 73 pitches to get through six innings.

The only hits Matsuzaka gave up were Justin Ruggiano's 17th homer in the fourth and Adeiny Hechavarria's two-out single in the seventh. After a visit from pitching coach Dan Warthen, Matsuzaka threw a called third strike past Rob Brantly with runners at the corners.

When the Marlins opened the eighth with a pinch hitter, Matsuzaka walked off to a warm ovation and tipped his cap to the few fans remaining. It was his first big league win since Aug. 27, 2012, with Boston against Kansas City. He entered 1-10 in his past 16 major league starts.

Pedro Feliciano and Vic Black combined on a one-hit eighth. LaTroy Hawkins got three outs for his 10th save.

Murphy and Duda homered to start the third against Jacob Turner (3-7), who fell to 0-6 in his last 11 starts. Duda also hit a three-run shot Friday night that put the Mets ahead to stay.

Murphy singled in the first and stole second before Wilmer Flores snapped a 1-for-26 slide with an RBI single.

Game Notes

The Marlins lead the season series 11-7 ... Miami went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and stranded six, while New York went 1-for-6 with RISP and left seven men on.

Box Score:

Recap: Game 147 (GM1) - Marlins (3) at Mets (0) - Mets shut out in opener


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W: H. Alvarez (4-4) L: C. Torres (3-5) S: S. Cishek (30)
HR: MIA - D. Solano (3)   NYM - None

Recap:

The Marlins' 2B Donovan Solano got some payback after he was hit by two pitches, launching a home run and making two terrific defensive plays that sent Henderson Alvarez and the Miami Marlins past the New York Mets 3-0 in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday.

Logan Morrison drove in two runs, one on a line drive off Frank Francisco's right hand that knocked the oft-injured reliever out of the game. Alvarez (4-4) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings for his second win against the Mets this year.

New York dropped to 3-10 in September and 6-11 this season against the Marlins, who have the NL's worst record at 55-92. The defeat ensured the Mets' fifth straight losing season since Citi Field opened.

Alvarez, who beat New York 3-2 on July 31, struck out five and walked none to help the Marlins win for the 12th time in 40 games.

Chad Qualls worked a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek struck out three for his 30th save in 32 attempts. He has converted 25 in a row.

Carlos Torres (3-5) hit Solano with pitches in his first two plate appearances, the first one near wrist and the next time on the left shoulder. Solano looked pretty irritated by the second one, but  his  catcher Travis d'Arnaud and plate umpire Tim Welke quickly stepped in front of him and there was no trouble.

Solano exacted the best sort of revenge with a leadoff homer against Torres in the sixth to make it 2-0. The second baseman also robbed Omar Quintanilla twice, making a diving play to thwart a fifth-inning rally and a sliding stop to save a run in the seventh.

The traditional doubleheader was scheduled to make up a June 7 rainout. With both teams fading at the bottom of the NL East, it promised to be a long day for both players and the hearty fans who showed up on a pleasant late afternoon.

Frank Francisco immediately left the game in obvious pain when he was struck by a line drive by Logan Morrison, he was sent for X-rays. The team said he had a bruised hand. The right-hander had been out all season following elbow surgery until he was activated last weekend.

Game Notes

Six games into this 11-game home-stand, the Mets have been out-homered, 16-2 ... Christian Yelich went 2-for-3 with a run scored ... Matt den Dekker had two New York's hits ... Miami was just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 146 - Marlins (3) at Mets (4) - Duda, Brown Power Mets to Victory, Niese has Nice Outing


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W: J. Niese (7-7) L: B. Hand (0-1) S: L. Hawkins (9)
HR: MIA - G. Stanton (21),G. Stanton (22)   NYM - A. Brown (7),L. Duda (13)

Recap:

Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer and New York overcame two solo shots by Giancarlo Stanton, beating the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Friday night behind Jonathon Niese.

It was Duda's 13th home run in the majors this season -- the previous 11 were solo shots. He was recalled from the minors Aug. 24 and has been filling in at first base for injured Ike Davis, hoping to show the Mets he still belongs in their plans.

Andrew Brown also went deep for the Mets, outhomered 13-0 by Washington at Citi Field in a four-game sweep that ended Thursday.

Niese (7-7) struck out seven and walked none over 6 1/3 innings, improving to 4-1 in seven starts since returning from a shoulder injury last month. New York won for the third time in 12 September games and upped its mark to 6-10 this season against the Marlins, who have the NL's worst record at 54-92.

LaTroy Hawkins got three straight outs for his ninth save, ending a quick game that took 2 hours, 30 minutes. He struck out Stanton with a 92 mph fastball and retired Justin Ruggiano on a long fly to the warning track in right-center.

Game Notes

Turner (right hamstring) probably will be sidelined until at least the middle of next week. ... New York rookie Travis d'Arnaud got dinged when Lucas' backswing hit the catcher on top of his helmet in the second inning. Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came out to check on d'Arnaud, who remained in the game. ... Mets RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka turned 33. Matsuzaka (0-3, 8.00 ERA) is slated to start against RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 4.34) in the opener of Saturday's traditional doubleheader, scheduled to make up a June 7 rainout. Carlos Torres faces Miami RHP Jacob Turner in the nightcap.

Box Score:
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