New York-After scoring only three runs over the first two games of their three game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the concern was growing for the New York Mets. The Mets have had trouble winning low scoring games this season, as they entered the second game of their doubleheader carrying a 3-19 mark in games where they scored three runs or less. The Mets (22-27) managed to score four in the night cap of their twin bill, and that was enough for a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks (20-32).
The Diamondbacks jumped on top again in the second inning, scoring two runs against Mets' starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. Martin Prado drove the first run in with an RBI triple, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. Matsuzaka gave up another run on an RBI groundout by Cody Ross, bringing Prado home to give Arizona a 2-0 lead. That would be the only damage Matsuzaka (W, 2-0) would allow on the day. Matsuzaka went six strong innings, allowing two hits on three runs while walking one and striking out six.
The Mets were able to chip away, however, against Arizona starter Zeke Spruill. The Mets got on the board in the bottom of the second when Matsuzaka helped his cause by blooping a single to left field. Wilmer Flores came around to score and cut the Arizona lead to 2-1. The Mets tied the game in the fith on an RBI double from Bobby Abreu, and grabbed the lead in the sixth when pinch hitter Ruben Tejada delivered an RBI single. That would be all the damage against Spruill (L, 0-3), who allowed three runs on 10 hits over 5.1 innings pitched. Spruill also walked two and struck out only three.
The Mets picked up a critical insurance run in the eighth inning when Daniel Murphy singled home Chris Young to make it 4-2 Mets. Murphy's critical hit helped make up for his defensive miscue in the first game of the double header, when he dropped a throw from David Wright that allowed the eventual winning run to score. The Mets were able to put the game away in the top of the ninth when Jenrry Mejia worked a scoreless frame to record his third save of the year.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game award goes to Mets' starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka did an admirable job as a spot starter, giving the Mets six innings and allowing only two runs to give them a chance to win.
Post Game Notes:
- Anthony Recker went 4 for 4 on the afternoon and scored a run to lead the Mets in hits. Daniel Murphy was a close second with three.
- Eric Young Jr was unavailable after pulling his hamstring and will be placed on the disabled list, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Matt den Dekker will be recalled from Las Vegas to replace him.
- The Mets and Diamondbacks finished their season series with this game. The Mets won it 4-2.
- Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, and Josh Edgin both pitched in both ends of the doubleheader. Vic Black, who was added to the roster for this doubleheader, went unused. Each man figures to get a night off tomorrow.
The Mets (22-27) will begin a three game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow afternoon. The Pirates have struggled after posting their first winning season since 1992 in 2013, checking in to tomorrow's game with a 22-27 record, good for fourth in the National League Central. The Pirates will also be bringing back former Met Ike Davis, who was dealt away by the Mets back in April.
The game will be a Memorial Day matinee, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 pm. Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.77 ERA) will look to pick up his first win of the year for the Mets. The Pirates will counter with 25 year old right hander Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 4.26 ERA).
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