Murphy’s Walk-Off Single In The 9th Lifts Mets To 4-0
Daniel Murphy’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth broke the tie, driving in Mike Baxter sending the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Washington National at Citi Field on Monday.
The win puts the Mets at 4-0 for first time in five seasons.
Mike Pelfrey got the start for New York, allowing three runs on ten hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight – which ties his career high.
Trialing 3-0 in the third inning, it was Pelfrey who got the Mets’ offense rolling with a double down the left field line. He later scored on David Wrigth’s sacrifice-fly, picking up his fourth RBI in the team’s first four games.
Rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis tied the game in the fourth inning with a two-run homer off Nats’ starter Edwin Jackson.
In the ninth, Baxter worked a lead-off walk before Ruben Tejada laid down a sacrifice bunt which was thrown away by Washington reliever Henry Rodriguez, setting up Murphy’s game winner.
Setup man Jon Rauch (1-0) pitched the eight and ninth for New York, surrendering just one walk and striking out one to earn his first victory as a Met.
Dillion Gee takes the hill for New York on Tuesday night against Washington’s Ross Detwiler.