With two outs and the game tied 5–5, Jeff Francoeur came to the plate and hit a grounder right back up the middle. The ball hit Torres’s foot and ricocheted sharply toward Murphy, who slid to his right to corral it. After briefly struggling to get a handle on the ball, Murphy spun around to his right and backhand-flipped it to Torres, who sprinted over to cover first base and caught the ball to narrowly get Francoeur out.
The Mets later won 9–5 in 13 innings.
The win was the Mets’ seventh straight, moving them to 71–56 and 6 1/2 games ahead of the Washington Nationals in the NL East. New York is seeking its first postseason berth since 2006.
- Mike Fiammetta