The New York Mets (31-38) defeated the San Diego Padres (29-40) in the rubber game of their series Sunday afternoon at Citi Field by a score of 3-1. The Met bullpen came up big on the day, unexpectedly getting the call to pitch the final eight innings after Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka left after just one inning of work after falling ill with a stomach bug.
- The Mets offense got their staff some run support right off the bat, with Curtis Granderson belting a solo homer to leadoff the ballgame for the Amazins. Sunday marked the first time the Granderson has bat leadoff as a Met and his first leadoff homer in nearly five years. That was followed by a Daniel Murphy double and a walk to David Wright, which set the table for Bobby Abreu, who doubled home Murphy to make the game 2-0 before the Padres could register an out.
- The Padres answered in their next turn at-bat, with Rene Rivera singling home Carlos Quentin, bringing them within one.
- Murphy would put the Mets back up by two with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second, scoring Anthony Recker. Murph finished the game 1-for-3 with one walk, one RBI and a run scored.
- Carlos Torres (W, 3-4) went four innings in relief of Matsuzaka, allowing the one run on three hits and one walk. He also struck out four. Vic Black and Jenrry Mejia (SV, 7) tossed two scoreless innings a piece to seal the victory.
- Ian Kennedy (L, 5-8) allowed all three Met runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of work in the losing effort. He also walked four and struck out seven.
What's on Deck
The Mets now head to St. Louis to open a three-game series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium Monday night. Jon Niese (3-3, 2.54) will face Michael Wacha (4-5, 2.88) with first pitch scheduled for 8:15 PM.Tags: Baseball, Bobby Abreu, Carlos Torres, Citi Field, Curtis Granderson, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Daniel Murphy, Ian Kennedy, Jenrry Mejia, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Rene Rivera, San Diego Padres