By Jason Schott - @JESchott19
The Mets won the nightcap of the doubleheader on Sunday as Daisuke Matsuzaka got the win. He made the most of his spot start, as he threw six strong innings, allowing just 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk, and struck out six. On making the start, Matsuzaka said through an interpreter, "I wanted to go in and pitch as deep into the game as I could, and today that was the least I could do, and I'm glad I was able to help the team."
Mets Manager Terry Collins said of the lift that Matsuzaka's performance gave the Mets, "It was a tremendous boost, a tremendous lift to everybody because number one, we all know he wanted to pitch, wanted to start, and to have him come in and do the job he did when he had not been lengthened out basically at all shows the kind of heart he has."
Anthony Recker caught Matsuzaka and he said of him, "He did a heck of a job. That was really gutsy and just awesome of him to come through for six innings and 95 pitches, give or take. That was huge, and to do it in the fashion that he did, giving up three or four hits and two runs, it was awesome."
Recker had a big day at the plate as he went 4-for-4 and scored the winning run in the sixth inning. He said of that, "The baseball Gods were good to me, they gave me a couple knocks, I'll take it."
Arizona got out to an early lead, just as they had in the first two games of the series. Martin Prado got an RBI triple and Cody Ross got an RBI groundout to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.
The Mets battled back, and Daisuke Matsuzaka helped himself with a broken-bat RBI single in the bottom of the second to make it 2-1 D-Backs. On getting that hit, Matsuzaka said through an interpreter, "I'm pretty confident in my hitting, so I just wanted to get a hit and get a run in."
In the bottom of the fifth, Bobby Abreu got an RBI double to score Curtis Granderson, who walked earlier in the inning, to tie the game at 2.
In the sixth inning, Recker got his third hit of the day, a double, to start the inning. Ruben Tejada then singled him home to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. With one out, Daniel Murphy got a single and that chased Arizona starter Zeke Spruill from the game. David Wright then laced one to left field, and Ender Inciarte, who just entered the game in a double switch with Cahill, fired a strike to the plate to throw out Tejeda. Granderson walked to re-load the bases. Abreu then popped out to end the inning.
The Mets got good relief pitching from Carlos Torres, Josh Edgen, and Jeurys Familia in the seventh and eighth innings to hold the lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Murphy got an RBI single to give the Mets an insurance run and make it 4-2.
Jenrry Mejia got redemption after coughing up the opener, as he worked around a single to get the save. On closing, Mejia said, "I'm getting very comfortable, I mean now I know I'm the closer and I have to be there in the ninth inning...I got to enjoy it, didn't pitch yesterday, I pitched twice today, have to enjoy it day by day."
Recker said of Mejia's potential as a closer, "He definitely has the right mindset to be a closer. He's out there, it's his game and he knows it, he loves it and he cherishes it. He is a high-energy guy, he's giving you everything he's got on every pitch, definitely closer material."
Collins said of winning the second game of the doubleheader, "You want to win both of them...With what's happening, we realize we're not hitting , we're not scoring runs, we're not driving in runs, so anytime you win a game and you get a big hit, Ruben got a tremendous big hit for us, you know it's a lift. Anytime, it's a lift, we've got Pittsburgh coming in, they're playing great. It's nice to go into it with a 'W.' We can still make something of the homestand if we play well enough against the Pirates. We have got to start scoring runs."
SANDY SPEAKS: Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson addressed Dillon Gee's rehab, a possible injury to Eric Young, and other roster moves to the media after the game: "First of all Dillon Gee did not feel comfortable today throwing in the 'pen, it never got that far, we'll back him off a bit. We are sending Vic Black back to Las Vegas - as the 26th man today, he will head back. We will bring Matt Den Decker in from Las Vegas in the likelihood that we have to DL Eric Young, Jr. He's got a little bit of a hammy (hamstring) issue in his right leg, that's why you didn't see him in the lineup today. We'll take another look at him tomorrow, but in the meantime we have to get somebody in here in case he can't go."