By Jason Schott - Associate Editor - @JESchott19
The Mets played another extra-inning marathon on Saturday evening in Philadelphia, and they won 5-4 in 14 innings, their fifth win in their last seven games.
David Wright got what turned out to be the game-winning hit in the top of the 14th, as he laced a single to left field that scored Ruben Tejada from second base to make it 5-4. Tejada walked earlier in the inning, and it capped a big day for him, as he went 3-4 with a home run, his first since August 2012, two RBI, two runs scored, and two walks.
With two on base in the bottom of the 14th, Jimmy Rollins hit a soft liner to right field, and Curtis Granderson made a nice running catch for the second out. Carlos Torres then struck out Chase Utley to end it.
Mets Manager Terry Collins said, "The only thing we know is we won, don't ask me how. There are a lot of tired bodies out there." Collins also said, "David Wright was in a big spot and got a big hit."
This was the second straight 14-inning game, as the Phillies won Friday night's marathon. According to Elias, this is the first time in Mets history they have played consecutive 14-inning, 5-hour games. The Mets have a long way to go to catch up to the 1908 Detroit Tigers, who played five straight extra inning games, 54 innings in all.
Too many Mets nine-inning games this year have gone nearly four hours, remarkable considering how low-scoring their games are. When, for example, they would play four-hour games with the Yankees in the Mike Piazza era, they were slugfests and were highly entertaining. This was the seventh Mets game this season that has exceeded four hours, matching the Dodgers for most in the league.
The remarkable thing is how little suspense these two games have had. It seems like the Mets and Phillies were going through the motions by the time the 11th inning rolled around, that eventually someone will score and it would end at some point. It is tough baseball to watch and has taxed both teams' bullpens. For Sunday, one would think that the starters will be in for awhile.
The Mets got a great outing from Jacob deGrom, who made his fourth professional start, first one on the road. deGrom shut the Phillies out for six innings, but came out for the seventh when he had little left, and one has to wonder if it was because of how much the Mets bullpen was used on Friday night. deGrom allowed a single to Jimmy Rollins and walked Chase Utley, and Ryan howard hit a three-run home run to cut the Mets' lead to 4-3. deGrom allowed 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 11.
The game stayed 4-3 until the bottom of the night, and Jeurys Familia came in to try to get his second save of the season. Marlon Byrd lined one into the corner in right field to start the inning and came in to score on a Domonic Brown single to left field that tied it at 4. Cesar Hernandez bunted Brown to second, and Familia struck out Reid Brignac and got Carlos Ruiz to pop out to first base to end the inning and send the game to extras.
Buddy Carlyle, who was brought up from Las Vegas after Friday night's game, came in for the 11th and pitched three stellar innings. He allowed no runs on two hits and a walk. It was his first outing in the majors since he was with the Yankees in 2011.
Carlyle said, "It feels good just coming back. It's a lot of work to get back. I wasn't sure if I'd get another opportunity to play at the major league level. It just feels good to contribute."