Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/19/14

After losing the series opener and their fourth consecutive game on Friday, the New York Mets managed to battle back and win the final two games against the Diamondbacks and secure a series win.  Today’s 3-1 victory came behind another quality start from R.A. Dickey as the knuckleballer went eight strong innings while allowing just one run on four hits.

 

Andres Torres extended his hitting streak to six games with a 1-3 performance on the afternoon and Daniely Murphy stayed hot with a 2-run single in the first inning to give New York a lead they would never relinquish.  Over his past 3 games Murph is now 7-12 and has raised his season average to .315 in the process.

With a shot at a complete game shutout, Dickey was allowed to start the 9th inning, but after issuing a leadoff walk to Gerardo Parra the 37-year-old gave up an RBI double to Justin Upton and Terry Collins decided to go to his bullpen (gulp).  Like yesterday, the Mets pen was up to the late inning task as Tim Byrdak got Jason Kubel to fly out to deep left on what looked to be a game-tying homer.  Fortunately for New York the ballpark held it and Frank Francisco entered the game with a shot to secure his 7th save in eight tries.

Franky Frank battled a game Paul Goldschmidt  but eventually struck out  the powerful second year pro on a 95 mph fastball.

Miguel Montero then entered the batters box as the tying run and proceeded to fly out to deep right on an 0-2 pitch to end the game.  Again, the ball looked like it might be gone but Lucas Duda caught it at the track and the Mets escaped with the victory.  The win was big for New York and had either of the fly balls in the 9th left the park it could have been a crushing blow to a bullpen that’s really struggled of late.  Instead, the team enters it’s coming series at Philadelphia with some momentum as they look to put the Phils deep into the NL East cellar.

 *Notes-

Ruben Tejada left today’s game in the 4th inning after an incident while running down the first base.  As Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported:

With two outs in the fourth, Ruben Tejada face-planted into first base after laying down a bunt. Tejada stumbled as he approached the bag and fell awkwardly to the ground.

With his head down, he laid motionless on the dirt for a few moments before eventually coming to his feet. Justin Turner came in to pinch-run and play shortstop.

The Mets said he has a right quad strain.


Collins said Tejada did not believe the quad strain was as bad as the groin injury in spring training. I believe the groin cost Tejada week. 27 minutes ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin


Terry Collins said Ruben Tejada is getting MRI. Collins said he’s more concerned about Tejada’s eye — which did face plant. 28 minutes ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin

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