Apr 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

4/14 Game Recap: Mets Top Diamondbacks 7-3

The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks 7-3 Monday night in Arizona in the opener of a three-game set.

*Both Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares left the game early due to injury. Granderson, who crashed into the outfield wall in the first inning, left in the sixth with what the team called rib cage, forearm, and knee bruises. Lagares left in the seventh with what was termed a pulled right hamstring after beating out a double play ball.

Game Recap:

The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the first when Curtis Granderson slammed into the wall after catching what would’ve been the third out. The crash into the wall jarred the ball loose, allowing Paul Goldschmidt to score from first base.

The Mets tied things up in the second. After Juan Lagares doubled to deep right-center to put runners at second and third, Ruben Tejada tapped an RBI grounder to shortstop to make it 1-1.

With runners on second and third and no one out in the third, David Wright delivered an RBI groundout to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. After Curtis Granderson struck out, Lucas Duda rifled a single to right field to drive in Daniel Murphy as the Mets increased their advantage to 3-1.

Arizona got a run back in the bottom of the third, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Montero to draw within 3-2.

The Mets added two runs in the fifth on back to back RBI singles from Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda to expand their advantage to 5-2, and notched two more in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Daniel Murphy and an RBI single off the bat of David Wright.

In the eighth, Miguel Montero stroked an RBI single off Carlos Torres to cut New York’s lead to 7-3 and close out the scoring.

Highlights:

  • Zack Wheeler got the start for the Mets and was solid. In 6.1 innings pitched, Wheeler allowed two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out three.
  • Lucas Duda went 4 for 5 with a run scored and two RBIs.
  • Carlos Torres tossed the final 2.1 innings to seal the victory and earn the save.

Thoughts:

A solid win was marred by injuries to two key players. Here’s hoping the injuries to Curtis Granderson (whose X-rays were negative) and Juan Lagares are both minor.

Next Up:

The Mets play the second of three in Arizona on Tuesday night at 9:40 PM. Jenrry Mejia gets the start for New York, opposed by Bronson Arroyo for the Diamondbacks.


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