Legends On Deck

Conforto And Flores Push Mets Past Rays 4-3

Michael Conforto helped push the Mets pass the Rays 4-3 on Friday night. (Gabe Rodriguez)

Michael Conforto helped push the Mets pass the Rays 4-3 on Friday night. (Gabe Rodriguez)

The New York Mets are currently sitting atop the National League East and swept the Miami Marlins earlier this week, and now set their sights on the Tampa Bay Rays who are struggling at the bottom of the AL East.

The reigning National League Rookie of the Year, right-hander Jacob deGrom (ERA 2.13) took the start for the Mets against the Rays’ Jake Odorizzi (ERA 2.77).

Tampa Bay got on the board first when Grady Sizemore hit his fourth homer of the season on a fly ball top right field off of deGrom in the bottom of the fourth.

Sizemore then robbed Wilmer Flores of a homerun of his own on a sharp fly ball to left field, that nearly went over the wall.

The Mets tied the game at one when Juan Uribe hit a homerun on a fly ball to left field off of Odorizzi in the top of the seventh.

The homerun fest wasn’t over yet as James Loney put the Rays back on top in the bottom of the seventh with a line drive to right center off of deGrom.

deGrom went six and one third innings, allowing two runs and six hits; striking out seven batters.

Odorizzi went six and two thirds innings allowing one run and four hits; striking out six.

Daniel Murphy tied the game at two with a homer on a fly ball to right field off of the Rays’ Jake McGee.

In the bottom of the eighth Evan Longoria hit a homerun, the combined fifth of the game, on a fly ball for a 3-2 Rays’ lead while Tyler Clippard was pitching.

In the top of the ninth, Tampa Bay’s closer Brad Boxberger took the mound and threw two wild pitches the first allowed Lucas Duda to reach first and the second while Uribe was at the plate, allowing Duda to reach second. Recent call-up Michael Conforto hit his third double on a line drive to center to send Duda home and tied the game at three. A single by Travis d’Arnaud advanced Conforto and put runners on the corners. But, it was Wilmer Flores that would hit a RBI single to send the game winning run home for a 4-3 ballgame.

Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia (2-1, 2.05) worked the ninth with just one hit allowed, earning his thirtieth save of the season; Clippard earned the win (2-3).

Up Next:

The Mets and Rays will meet again on Saturday afternoon at 6:05pm at Tropicana Field.


Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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