The New York Mets rallied from a 4-0 deficit, scoring nine unanswered runs to defeated the Cincinatti Reds on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field:
R.A. Dickey started for NY, allowing 3 runs on five hits over six innings of work:
Dickey tossed three shut-out innings before allowing a solo homerun to Joey Votto in the fourth. The Reds added three more (two earned) in the fifth on one hit.
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R.A. allowed the first two batters to reach base without the benefit of a hit (hit-by-pitch and a walk). With runners on first and second, Cincinnati catcher, Ryan Hanigan drove a double off the centerfield wall to plate the innings first run and only hit. Reds starter, Matt Latos drove in another run with a sacrifice fly before Hanigan scored on a passed ball. Following the game, Dickey spoke about the comeback victory:
It certainly does make for entertaining baseball. It makes for a good clubhouse environment when you know you have guys that all they want to do is contribute. Whether it’s laying down a bunt or pinch-running, whatever it’s going to take to get us where we need to be. That’s what you saw tonight. I thought that was kind of the paradigm for what our team has been all year.”
FIGHTING BACK: The Mets had plenty of scoring opportunities early stranding runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings. NY finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Lucas Duda delivered a two-run double, plating Andres Torres and David Wright; who reached base with a single and a walk respectively.
Mike Baxter cut the deficit to one run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth before a Justin Turner‘s sacrifice fly tied the game in the seventh. David Wright got the seventh innings started with a walk before advancing to second on a single up the middle by Duda. Daniel Murphy followed the Duda single with a hard hit line drive that was misplayed by Reds centerfielder Drew Stubbs leaving the bases loaded with no-outs. Turner, who pinch hit for Ike Davis, drove a deep fly to right, plating Wright with the game tying run.
THE WRIGHT STUFF: With the score tied at 4-4, Wright drove a deep fly ball well over the head of Stubbs in center to plate Rob Johnson with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Wright finished the game 2-for-2 with three walks and a run batted in, improving his season average to .411 in the process.
BOUNCE BACK PEN: Three Mets relievers combined to toss three scoreless. A nice change from what we have been seeing from the pen over the last week or so.
HITTING THE ROAD: The Mets will hit the road and travel to Toranto where they will send Jon Niese to the mound to square off against Ricky Romero.