Will Venable has been firing on all cylinders for the last couple of weeks. He extended his hitting streak to a career high 15 games with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, but that wasn't enough for him. He went for the heavy duty heroics in the bottom of the ninth, blasting one down the right field line onto the porch. But it wasn't all about Will. Eric Stults pitched a solid 6.2 innings, giving up 3 runs while striking out 5. Mets ace Matt Harvey was no slouch either. In his 6 innings, he allowed a pair of runs while striking out half a dozen.
It didn't start as well as it ended. Justin Turner hit a triple in the top of the first and reached home on a double from Marlon Byrd. The Mets scored agin in the third with a pair of singles followed by a sacrifice fly from Wilmer Flores. Things turned around in the bottom of the fifth. Logan Forsythe took one for the team to lead things off, then Nick Hundley hit a single. Eric Stults bunted them over before Venable hit a single to score Forysthe. Alexi Amarista tied things up with a sacrifice fly.
The Mets broke the tie in the top of the seventh with a pair of doubles from Omar Quintanilla and Andrew Brown. They didn't hang on to the lead long. Yonder Alonso walked to lead off the bottom of the eighth and moved to third of Chase Headley's double. Chris Denorfia tied things up again by hitting a slow grounder to Quintanilla, who was too indecisive to make a play. The game stayed knotted until Will Venable came up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. After last night's marathon, he didn't want to stick around for another hour, so he ended it.
The Pirates come to town tomorrow as Andrew Cashner faces off against Francisco Liriano at 7:10 PM.
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