Remembering Mets History: (2015) Mets Take First Game of September Subway Series Magic # Down to 8

Friday September 18th 2015: The first place New York Mets (83-63) hosted their cross town rivals, the A.L. New York club (80-66) in front of one of the largest crowds ever at Citi Field.

The Mets began the night eight games up on the Washington Nats with a magic number of 9.

The young Steven Matz, straight out of Long Island took the mound for the Mets tonight against Masahiro Tanaka. Mantz did not have his best stuff tonight, but he fought hard and after a shaky 1st inning where he allowed a run, he settled in to shut out the A.L. New Yorkers for the next five innings.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Lucas Duda connected for his 22nd HR of the year to tie up the game at one. It ended a long HR drought for Duda whom the Mets hope they could get going for the post season.

In the 6th Daniel Murphy hit a long HR to right center field, putting the Mets up  2-1. It was Murph's 12th HR of the year.

In the 7th inning, with Tanka gone on the losing end as pitcher of record. With Wilmer Flores on, Juan Uribe came in to pinch hit against Chasen Shreve and blasted a HR to right field. It was his 14th HR of the year & the Mets fourth pinch hit of the year.

In the home 8th a wild pitch to Lucas Duda scored Eric Young from third base to top off the Mets 5-1 victory.

Addison Reed pitched a scoreless 8th & Jeurys Familia had a shaky 9th loading the bases but allowed no one to score. Steven Matz got the win to go 4-0 and the Mets remained eight games in front of the Washington Nats, with 15 games left to play. The Mets magic number was now down to eight.


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