Buck homers again as Mets pound TwinsApr 13, 2013 - 6:13 AM
Buck, who also scored twice, now shares the major league lead with six home runs and 19 RBI. He also became the first catcher in MLB history with six home runs through 10 games.
"I'm benefiting from last year when I tried too hard," Buck said. "Now I'm just going up there and trying to hit the ball solid and good things are happening."
Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 with two doubles to go along with four RBI for the Mets, who saw starter Jon Niese (2-0) toss five innings and allow five runs -- four earned -- on five hits.
Marlon Byrd had two hits and two RBI in the win.
Ryan Doumit plated two runs and Justin Morneau had two hits with one RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who have lost four straight. Vance Worley (0-2) lasted just one-plus inning and gave up nine runs -- seven earned -- on seven hits and walked two in defeat.
After the Mets plated five runs in the first, Worley's struggles continued in the second. Jordany Valdespin and Murphy both hit singles to lead off the inning and Wright picked up his third RBI of the game with his own single scoring Valdespin to make it 6-2.
Worley then walked Ike Davis to load the bases and was replaced by lefty Pedro Hernandez. Buck made the Twins pay with a grand slam to deep left field on a full count offering to make it 10-2.
"I just didn't locate very well," Worley said. "If I threw down, the ball was too far down and the secondary stuff wasn't breaking very well. I pretty much got hit."
Morneau doubled in the gap to right field in the fifth scoring Aaron Hicks and moving Joe Mauer to third. Hicks reached safely after an infield error to start the inning and Mauer followed with a walk. Doumit made it 10-5 with a single up the middle scoring both Morneau and Mauer.
Murphy added to the visitors' cause in the seventh with a three-run double and Wright tripled to right field bringing home Murphy to make it 14-5. Valdespin and Murphy each knocked in a run in the ninth to cap the scoring.
New York's first four batters reached base safely in a five-run first inning. Wright drove in two runs with a double to deep left and in doing so he became the team's all-time leader in interleague RBI, passing Mike Piazza (89) with his 91st to make it 2-0.
After Davis walked, Buck hit into a fielder's choice and Wright scored on an error from Trevor Plouffe, with Davis ending up at third. Following a strikeout, Byrd singled through the right side scoring Davis and Buck to make it 5-0.
In the bottom of the first, Minnesota made it a 5-2 contest. Josh Willingham's fielders choice to short scored Hicks, who walked to lead off the frame. Two batters later, Plouffe singled to center to score Mauer.
New York had managed just one run in the first inning through its first nine games ... It was Buck's fifth career grand slam ... Mets catchers had just five total home runs last season ... Gabby Harnett (1925) and Sandy Alomar (1997) are the only other catchers to have hit five home runs through 10 games ... New York was 8-7 in interleague play last year ... Minnesota is now 7-6 all-time against the Mets ... Niese had gone 22 straight starts lasting at least six innings or more. That was the longest such streak in the majors.
- NEW YORK: 16
Apr 12 11:36 PM
- Daniel Murphy sacrifice fly scored Ruben Tejada with two out. None on with David Wright due up.
Mets 16, Twins 5 Top 9, 2 OutsApr 12 11:25 PM
- Jordany Valdespin grounded out short to first scoring Mike Baxter with one out. On the play, Ruben Tejada advances to third. Runner on third with Daniel Murphy due up.
Mets 15, Twins 5 Top 9, 1 OutApr 12 11:24 PM
- David Wright tripled in Daniel Murphy with two out. Runner on third with Ike Davis due up.
Mets 14, Twins 5 Top 7, 2 OutsApr 12 10:48 PM
- Daniel Murphy doubled in Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin with two out. Runner on second with David Wright due up.
Mets 13, Twins 5 Top 7, 2 OutsApr 12 10:46 PM
- Ryan Doumit singled in Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau with one out. Runner on first with Trevor Plouffe due up.
Mets 10, Twins 5 Bot 5, 1 OutApr 12 10:07 PM
- Justin Morneau doubled in Aaron Hicks with one out. On the play, Joe Mauer advances to third. Runners on second and third with Ryan Doumit due up.
Mets 10, Twins 3 Bot 5, 1 OutApr 12 10:04 PM
- John Buck none-out, Grand Slam (6) to left scored Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Ike Davis. Lucas Duda due up.
Mets 10, Twins 2 Top 2, 0 OutsApr 12 9:03 PM
- David Wright singled in Jordany Valdespin with none out. On the play, Daniel Murphy advances to second. Runners on first and second with Ike Davis due up.
Mets 6, Twins 2 Top 2, 0 OutsApr 12 8:50 PM
- Trevor Plouffe singled in Joe Mauer with two out. On the play, Ryan Doumit advances to third. Runners on first and third with Wilkin Ramirez due up.
Mets 5, Twins 2 Bot 1, 2 OutsApr 12 8:42 PM
- Josh Willingham grounded out short to first scoring Aaron Hicks with one out. Runner on second with Justin Morneau due up.
Mets 5, Twins 1 Bot 1, 1 OutApr 12 8:38 PM
- Marlon Byrd singled in Ike Davis and John Buck with one out. Runner on first with Mike Baxter due up.
Mets 5, Twins 0 Top 1, 1 OutApr 12 8:25 PM
- John Buck reached first on Trevor Plouffe's fielding error scoring David Wright with none out. On the play, Ike Davis advances to third. Runners on second and third with none out and Lucas Duda due up.
Mets 3, Twins 0 Top 1, 0 OutsApr 12 8:24 PM
- David Wright doubled in Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Murphy with none out. Runner on second with Ike Davis due up.
Mets 2, Twins 0 Top 1, 0 OutsApr 12 8:17 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 12 8:11 PM
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