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T.J. Rivera Has 4-Hit Game In Mets 7-5 Win Over D-Backs

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It has been said by many you have watched him play and by those that have always believed in his abilities that once given the opportunity, the New York Mets T.J. Rivera would hit in the majors.

Well on Tuesday night in Arizona, not only did he hit, but he recorded his first 4-hit game of his major league career.  The most impressive part is that it’s only his fifth game start of the season.

Rivera, who was a late addition to the line-up when Neil Walker was scratched with a stiff lower back, responded with a line drive single to left field in his first at bat. In his second at bat, the Bronx native hit another line drive, this time down the right field line for his first multi-hit game of his career.

But that was only the beginning, as he came up in the sixth inning and launched another line drive, this time into right center field and advanced to second base after center fielder Michael Bourn bobbled the ball allowing Rivera to reach safely.

In the eighth, Rivera hit a sharp line drive off the glove of third baseman Jake Lamb for his fourth hit on the night.

Rivera finished 4 for 4, with 2 runs scored and improved his batting average to .364 (8 for 22) so far on the season.

As for he game, the Mets, behind Noah Syndergaard‘s massive two run bomb in the fifth inning, and eight strike out night, held on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 to creep over .500 (60-59) and keep their playoff hopes alive.

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