BY SEAN SMITH
August 10 2015 — The New York Mets returned to Citi Field tonight to begin a four game series against the Colorado Rockies. Jonathan Niese started for the Mets hoping to get the first place ball club out of a 2-game skid. Niese left the top of the seventh inning on the hook for the loss, however thanks to a 3-run bottom of the seventh inning he would end up with a lead, and eventually earn his seventh victory on the year. Thanks to late run production, and a two perfect innings of bullpen work, the Mets won the game 4-2.
The Mets lone starting lefty gave his team seven strong innings of work allowing only six hits while striking out five Rockies. Tyler Clippard came on to pitch the eighth and proceeded to retire Colorado in order. Jeurys Familia continued his resurgence, earning the save after a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Met offense began the night at a snail’s pace. Only scratching across one run on one hit off of Rockie starter Jon Gray. Travis d’Arnaud accounted for the lone run scored on the 23-year old righty, smacking his first home run since returning from the disabled list, in the second inning. The Rockies turned to their bullpen in the seventh inning, and the Mets offense started to get some much needed base runners.
With the Mets down 2-1, Curtis Granderson stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. With a 3-2 pitch count and two outs, Rockie reliever Boone Logan hit Grandson with a breaking ball to tie the game. Daniel Murphy stepped up and slapped an opposite field single through a defensive shift, scoring two runs. Murphy’s go ahead single gave the Mets the lead, and and there was no looking back for this young ball club.
The Mets showed their “never say die” attitude with yet another come from behind victory. After two straight losses to end their road trip this was a much needed win for the first place Metropolitans.