Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets

PIT
5
NYM
3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
PIT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 12 3
NYM 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 8 1

Home Runs: PIT - Gaby Sanchez (5)
NYM - Lucas Duda (6)


Game Information
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, New York
Attendance: 29,309

NEW YORK (AP) - Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had good reason to call upon Gaby Sanchez to bat for Ike Davis.

Sanchez tagged the Mets again, delivering a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning and a tiebreaking single in the ninth that rallied Pittsburgh over New York 5-3 on Monday.

Sanchez has a .324 average with nine homers and 34 RBIs vs. New York, matching or topping his bests against any NL team. He lost playing time after Davis was acquired in a trade with the Mets in mid-April.

"Ike's a good player and he's been swinging the bat really well. He's been one of the hottest bats on the team. So, he's going to play and I understand that," Sanchez said about Davis, who was making his return to Citi Field. "My role is to keep that going whenever I get my chance, keep that going and help the team win."

The Mets announced after their ninth loss in 12 games that they had fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens. New York also cut reliever Jose Valverde soon after he gave up Sanchez's go-ahead hit.

Valverde (1-1) was booed off the field after allowing pinch-hitter Jose Tabata's tying single in the eighth. Valverde returned for the ninth and was even worse, yielding four runs overall.

"Don't think for one second that there's not a guy in there that realizes that this is part of it. We just released one of the best professionals I ever been around in Jose Valverde," a fired-up Collins said. "You deal with it, and if you can't you don't belong in the game."

Mets minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson will take Hudgens' place. Right-hander Vic Black is being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill Valverde's spot.

With one out in the ninth, Valverde gave up a single to Neil Walker and walked Andrew McCutchen.

Sanchez fouled off a fastball, losing hold of the bat, which spun toward the Pirates dugout and hit a batboy in the legs. The batboy smiled and on-deck hitter Russell Martin checked to see if he was OK.

Sanchez then singled to left, scoring Walker. Juan Centeno couldn't handle Curtis Granderson's throw that bounced to the right of the plate and skittered past Valverde, who was backing up but way too close to the catcher. McCutchen scored on Granderson's error for a two-run lead.

Martin added an RBI double for Pittsburgh, which rebounded from a loss to Washington on Sunday after a season-high four straight wins.

"This mentality in the dugout is, `This is the inning.' Even if we get pushed down, the next inning we'll make something," Hurdle said. "You've got to be relentless. You can't get sad."

Tony Watson (5-0) pitched an inning for the win.

Mark Melancon got his 10th save.

Davis drew a warm reception from the Memorial Day crowd of 29,309, opposite of what he predicted during a pregame chat in the visitor's dugout. Popular with fans in his four-plus seasons, he went 0 for 2 with a walk.

Slumping Lucas Duda homered off Melancon to start the ninth. The homer was the first off Melancon in 86 innings, since April 14, 2013.

New York took a 2-0 lead in the fifth on Daniel Murphy's single, Pittsburgh's third error of the game and a favorable review under the new home plate collision rule.

But the Mets bullpen wasted a fine start by Jacob deGrom.

The 25-year-old deGrom pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings in his third career start, allowing five hits. He labored early but settled in to throw 122 pitches.

Brandon Cumpton was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to take the place of Wandy Rodriguez, who was designated for assignment Thursday, and matched deGrom into the fifth.

With the help of an umpire's review, New York took the lead.

The Mets two-out rally was started by - who else? - deGrom. He lined a single to left field for his second hit of the day and advanced when Juan Lagares walked.

A college shortstop, deGrom is now 4 for 5 as a big league batter.

"I guess I've been seeing the ball pretty well," deGrom said.

Murphy lined a single to right field and deGrom scored easily. Josh Harrison's throw to third skipped passed third baseman Pedro Alvarez and Lagares scampered home. The ball took a good bounce back to Alvarez off the protective fence in front of the Pirates dugout and he made a quick throw home.

Martin set up to the left of home plate but stuck his leg out, blocking Lagares' path before the ball arrived.

Umpire Laz Diaz initially called Lagares out, but Collins asked crew chief Jeff Nelson to review the play under new rule 7.13, covering collisions at the plate.

After a delay of 3 minutes, 4 seconds, Lagares was called safe and Murphy was awarded second base on the play home.

"We've encouraged our guys to play the game, do what you feel athletically moved to do knowing what the options are," Hurdle said.

NOTES: The Mets placed OF Eric Young Jr. on the DL because of a right hamstring strain. They recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place. ... The Pirates designated RHP Vin Mazzaro for assignment to make room for Cumpton. ... Up Next: Pirates RHP Edinson Volquez (2-4) faces Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3) on Tuesday night.

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Pitcher Matchup
Tony Watson
Innings Pitched:1 (Win)
H 0, R 0, 1.16 ERA
Jose Valverde
(Loss) Innings Pitched:0.2
H 4, R 4, 5.66 ERA

Mark Melancon
Innings Pitched:1  (Save)
H 1, R 1, 2.25 ERA
 

New York batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Juan Lagares CF 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .290
Daniel Murphy 2B 4 0 1 1 0 0 3 .309
David Wright 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .305
Curtis Granderson RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .212
Bobby Abreu RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .289
Carlos Torres P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Lucas Duda 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 .236
Wilmer Flores SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .231
Juan Centeno C 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .278
Chris Young CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .202
Jeurys Familia P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Jacob deGrom P 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 .800
Scott Rice P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Jose Valverde P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Matt den Dekker LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000

Pittsburgh batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Josh Harrison 3B 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 .286
Neil Walker 2B 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 .277
Andrew McCutchen CF 3 1 2 0 2 1 2 .309
Ike Davis 1B 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .280
Gaby Sanchez 1B 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 .274
Russell Martin C 5 0 1 1 0 0 4 .264
Pedro Alvarez 3B 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 .215
Starling Marte LF 4 1 1 0 1 2 3 .258
Mark Melancon P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Jose Tabata RF 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .270
Tony Watson P 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000
Jordy Mercer SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .197
Brandon Cumpton P 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000
Travis Snider RF 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .212
Jared Hughes P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Clint Barmes SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 .200

New York pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Jacob deGrom 6.2 5 0 0 5 4 122-67 1.83
Scott Rice 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 14-9 5.56
Carlos Torres 0.2 2 0 0 1 1 25-15 2.76
Jose Valverde 0.2 4 4 4 1 0 28-16 5.66
Jeurys Familia 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 6-3 3.13

Pittsburgh pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Brandon Cumpton 6 7 2 1 1 1 86-57 3.38
Jared Hughes 1 0 0 0 0 0 11-7 2.40
Mark Melancon 1 1 1 1 0 2 9-8 2.25
Tony Watson 1 0 0 0 1 0 14-7 1.16