Dillon Gee and Cole Hamels engaged in a pitchers duel at Citizens Bank Park Saturday night. Both were long gone when the Mets won the game in the 11th inning.
The Mets managed to get to Hamels first. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Wilmer Flores hit a hot shot to third that was ticketed for left and two RBIs. Instead, Cody Asche made a diving stop and got the force at third. A run scored to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Gee popped up foul to the catcher and Curtis Granderson flied out to end the inning with the Mets scoring just the one run.
Gee was cruising until the seventh, and you could smell it coming. After getting the first two outs on foul outs to Lucas Duda, Carlos Ruiz hit a no-doubt-about-it bomb into the seats in left to tie the game at one. It was Gee’s 98th pitch on the night, in his usual danger zone of 90+.
Both Gee and Hamels were done after seven innings, each allowing just one run. Gee allowed just three hits while striking out four and walking three. Hamels’s linescore was similar — five hits, five strikeouts and three walks. Both got no-decisions.
The bullpens held so it was on to extra innings. Granderson led off the 11th with a single and with one out David Wright also singled to move Granderson to third. Eric Campbell walked to load the bases. Lucas Duda, swinging on the first pitch, came through with a single to right to score Granderson to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. With the bases still loaded, Travis d’Arnaud popped out in foul territory and Juan Lagares struck out to end the inning.
With Jenrry Mejia unavailable because of a sore calf, Jeurys Familia was called on to nail down the save. After retiring Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, he allowed a two-out single to Ryan Howard. Marlon Byrd walked. Domonic Brown grounded out to short to end the game.
Mets win 2-1 in 11.