Murph says he held bag

May, 19, 2011
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The replay suggested otherwise, but Daniel Murphy insisted he felt like he held first base in the ninth inning when the Mets got a critical out call on a grounder in which it appeared Jayson Werth should have been ruled safe. With two out and a runner on third after the call, Francisco Rodriguez then completed his 14th straight save by getting Adam LaRoche to ground out to second base.

"I felt like I held the bag," Murphy said. "I haven't seen a replay yet, so you guys would know better than me. But I felt like I was on the bag and am glad we got the call."

As for Werth's reaction, Murphy said: "I threw the ball back to Frankie there. Once the umpires and the manager start getting into it, and the players, I want to get out of there. That's not my place to go in there and eavesdrop on something like that."

Said Livan Hernandez about the play: "What did I see? He was safe. He beat him two times. He was safe when the guy got off the bag and he was safe because he beat the throw. I think he made a big mistake, the umpire there, because it's not about his foot is off the bag. It's safe because he beat the throw. He was safe two times."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187