San Diego-The New York Mets finished off the first half of their season well, and looked to carry the momentum forward into the second half. The All Star Break has been problematic for the Mets over the years, as they seem to come back and take a few weeks to get back into form. A slow start after this break would end their slim playoff hopes. The Mets took a good first step after the break late last night as Travis d'Arnaud's ninth inning RBI single lifted the Mets (46-50) to a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres (41-55).
The Mets grabbed the early lead in the top of the first inning. After Curtis Granderson got on to lead off the game, the Mets made two outs before Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch. Travis d'Arnaud took advantage of his two out opportunity by driving an RBI single to center, bringing in Granderson and giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. After Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked to load the bases, Juan Lagares delivered a two run single to put the Mets up 3-0. The Mets added another run in the third on an RBI groundout from Nieuwenhuis to make it 5-0.
That lead looked good for Bartolo Colon, who cruised through the first four innings of the game. The fifth inning was Colon's big problem. After putting the first two men on, Colon gave up an RBI single to Chris Nelson to put the Padres on the board. Alexi Amarista did the same and the Mets' lead was cut to 4-2. Colon got the next two men out, but Chase Headley drove in a pair with a single to tie the game at four. Colon got out of the fifth, but cost himself a chance to win by giving up four runs in the frame.
The game would remain tied until the top of the ninth, when Joaquin Benoit entered for San Diego. Benoit (L, 3-2) walked Granderson to lead off the inning. After groundouts from Daniel Murphy and David Wright moved Granderson to third, Benoit intentionally walked Duda to get to d'Arnaud. d'Arnaud made him pay by singling home Granderson to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Jenrry Mejia then came on for the Mets in the bottom of the ninth, and worked around a hit to get through the ninth unscathed to pick up his 11th save of the year.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game award goes to Mets' catcher Travis d'Arnaud. d'Arnaud went 3 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI's, both of which came with two outs in the inning. d'Arnaud's average now sits at a season high .227.
Post Game Notes:
- Jeurys Familia (W, 2-3) picked up the win in relief after tossing a scoreless eighth inning.
- Amarista was the hero for the Padres offensively, going 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
- Granderson picked up two hits for the Mets, raising his batting average to .240 on the season. Granderson also scored two runs and stole his eighth base of the season.
- The Padres dealt closer Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels during the game. The Padres received four prospects in return for Street while sending another minor league pitcher back to the Angels.
The Mets will look to win their fifth consecutive game tonight as they continue their series with the Padres. Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA) and Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85 ERA) will be on the mound. First pitch at PETCO Park is scheduled for 8:40 pm.
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