Mets Vs. Phillies: Mets, Pelfrey Look To Take Series From Philadelphia

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Mets-Braves Score: Mets' Rally Falls Short In 8-5 Loss

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – Michael Martinez hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-best four runs, while Kyle Kendrick turned in seven strong innings as Philadelphia held on to beat the New York Mets, 8-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set from Citi Field.

Jimmy Rollins finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and Ryan Howard knocked in a run for the Phillies, who have won eight of 12 thus far in July.

Kendrick (5-4) allowed one run on six hits with three walks to record his third win in four starts. Antonio Bastardo recorded the final four outs to notch his sixth save.

Ronny Paulino and Lucas Duda each posted two hits and an RBI apiece for the Mets, losers in five of seven. Daniel Murphy hit safely twice and scored a pair of runs.

Mike Pelfrey (5-9) was dented in defeat for six hits and four runs over five full frames.

The visitors appeared to have put the game away for good with a three-run eighth on Ross Gload’s pinch-hit walk with the bases loaded and a two-run single from Rollins to make it 8-1.

New York fought back against three relievers in the home portion, tallying three times on a Duda double-play grounder, plus RBI singles from Paulino and Angel Pagan.

A double from Murphy and triple by Duda cut the Mets’ deficit to 8-5 with two down in the ninth, but Martinez snagged a sizzling grounder off the bat of Paulino and threw to first to end the game.

Philly picked up a run in the first as Chase Utley walked, stole second and scored on Howard’s single into the shift.

In the fifth, Kendrick and Rollins singled then Martinez cleared the wall in right-center for his first career homer and a 4-0 advantage.

Brian Schneider’s leadoff hit in the seventh turned into the Phillies’ fifth run of the contest after a sacrifice from Kendrick, Rollins single and a Martinez sac fly.

Paulino’s double to begin the seventh turned into the Mets’ first run of the day when pinch-hitter Scott Hairston singled him in two batters later.

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Mets Vs. Phillies: Mets, Pelfrey Look To Take Series From Philadelphia

(Sports Network) – The New York Mets target their first series victory of the season over the despised Philadelphia Phillies today from Citi Field.

The Mets posted an 11-2 rout of the Phillies on Saturday in the second installment of a three-game set and haven’t logged a series win over their National League East rivals since taking two of three matchups last Sept. 24-26 at Citizens Bank Park.

Scott Hairston led the New York offense by going 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBI, while Daniel Murphy also collected three hits, including a solo homer, and two runs batted in for the Mets, who ended a three-game slide and rebounded from Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Phils in the series opener. Justin Turner and Ruben Tejada each finished with two hits and an RBI.

“We came out today, we played very, very well,” Mets manager Terry Collins said on the club’s website. "What we’ve got to do now is we’ve got to apply it tomorrow. This is just one game. And they’re going to come out tomorrow and get after us.

“When you’re talking about the middle of July, this is crunch time. This is when you gut it out.”

Jon Niese started for Collins on Saturday and earned the win, allowing two runs — one earned — and six hits in seven innings. Niese struck out six batters and issued one walk before Bobby Parnell and Manny Acosta preserved the lopsided victory with a scoreless inning apiece.

New York is scheduled for a make-up game with Florida on Monday and will also host St. Louis for three games on this residency. Mets All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran did not play Saturday due to flu symptoms and is day-to-day. He has reached base safely in his last 24 games, with an on-base percentage of .420 in that time period.

Mike Pelfrey gets the call for the Mets today and is just 2-5 with a 4.12 earned run average in his last 10 starts, with New York going 3-7 over that stretch. Pelfrey allowed two runs over six innings in a 4-2 loss at San Francisco the last time out on July 10.

Pelfrey fell to 5-8 in 19 starts this season to go along with a 4.55 ERA. He is 3-0 in seven home starts and 6-5 with a 5.01 ERA in 16 career starts against the Phillies, including an 0-1 mark and a 7.71 ERA in three meetings with the NL East foes this season.

Philadelphia still maintained its 3 1/2-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East standings after the Braves lost to Washington yesterday. Starter and 11-game winner Cole Hamels was saddled with the loss for giving up seven runs and eight hits in just 4 1/3 innings. Danys Baez did no better in relief by allowing four runs.

“You have to make pitches, and I wasn’t able to make pitches,” Hamels said. “It just kind of happens sometimes. When you don’t hit your spots, you’re going to get hit hard. Sometimes you can get away with it, but I didn’t get away with it today.”

The Phillies had scored 14 runs in each of Hamels’ previous two starts. Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez each recorded two hits for the Phils, who entered Saturday’s matinee affair having won two straight, three of four and 21 of its past 29 contests. They will visit the Chicago Cubs tomorrow in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

Kyle Kendrick gets the nod for Philly today and he’s 4-4 with a 3.58 earned run average in 22 games, seven of which have been starts. Kendrick hasn’t recorded a decision since beating Florida on June 15 and made a relief appearance in last Sunday’s 14-1 pounding of Atlanta.

Kendrick allowed one hit and struck out a batter in an inning work. Before that performance, Kendrick gave up three runs — one earned — in five innings for the no-decision in a 7-6 loss at the Marlins. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in three relief stints against the Mets in 2011 and 3-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 12 career games (9 starts) in this series.

Philadelphia has won seven of 11 meetings with New York this season, including a 3-2 mark at Citi Field.

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Mets-Phillies Score: Mets Rout Hamels, Phillies 11-2

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – Jonathon Niese pitched seven solid innings and the Mets knocked Cole Hamels out in the fifth, as New York crushed the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-2, in the second meeting of a three-game series.

Niese (9-7) gave up two runs — one earned — on six hits and was backed by an offense that thrived facing its fifth All-Star in six games.

Scott Hairston doubled twice, homered and drove in a career-high five runs, while Daniel Murphy also went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the surge and snap the Mets’ three-game slide.

Hamels (11-5) lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up a career-high tying seven runs. The left-hander walked four and allowed eight hits in the setback.

“You have to make pitches, and I wasn’t able to make pitches,” Hamels said. “It just kind of happens sometimes. When you don’t hit your spots, you’re going to get hit hard. Sometimes you can get away with it, but I didn’t get away with it today.”

Philadelphia, which had won three of four coming in, scored 14 runs in each of Hamels’ previous two outings, but it was the Mets who broke out their big bats on Saturday.

Hairston, filling in for an ill Carlos Beltran, played a part in the first three runs, initially with his hustle, then with his two-run double in the third.

With Hairston on second base and two outs in the first inning, Murphy hit a routine pop-up to the right side of the infield. Ryan Howard appeared to call off Chase Utley as the two converged on the ball, but neither settled under it. Hairston never stopped running and scored without a play at the plate as the ball landed between the first and second baseman.

“We have to capitalize on mistakes if they make them. They’re a very tough team,” Hairston said.

Angel Pagan’s sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 4-0, and Hamels was chased an inning later.

Murphy led off the fifth with his sixth homer of the season, and Nick Evans tripled home Jason Bay three batters later to end Hamels’ day. Ruben Tejada greeted David Herndon with an RBI single up the middle for a 7-0 cushion.

The Phillies got going with three straight singles to open the seventh. Tejada’s error on a ball hit by pinch-hitter Michael Martinez allowed Raul Ibanez to score, though Niese limited the damage by getting Jimmy Rollins to bounce into a run-scoring double play.

New York put the game away with four runs off Danys Baez in the bottom half, as Hairston followed Justin Turner’s RBI single with a three-run blast, a rare second-deck shot into the seats in left field.

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Mets Vs. Phillies: Niese Looks To Get Mets Back On Winning Track

(Sports Network) – For how dominant Phillies starter Cole Hamels has been in his career, the New York Mets seem to have the left-hander’s number.

Hamels draws the assignment this afternoon against the Mets in the second portion of a three-game series at Citi Field. He was hammered by the Mets in his season debut on April 5, when he allowed six runs and seven hits in a season-worst 2 2/3 innings. Hamels rebounded in a 5-2 win on May 28 at New York, hurling seven innings of two-run ball with 10 K’s, but is still just 3-9 in 15 career starts in this matchup.

The 2008 World Series MVP is 7-2 with a 1.72 earned run average in his last 11 starts and the Phillies have scored 14 runs in each of his previous two trips to the mound. Hamels fired eight innings of two-run ball in a 14-2 win at Florida on July 5, then held Atlanta to one run and three hits in eight innings of last Sunday’s 14-1 triumph, improving to 11-4 with a 2.32 ERA in 19 overall starts.

Hamels has made eight road starts this season, going 5-1 with a 2.20 ERA.

Philadelphia handed the Mets a 7-2 loss in Friday’s series opener, as youngster John Mayberry recorded a pair of hits and a career-high five RBI to lead the charge. Mayberry was recently called up from the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Raul Ibanez homered and starting pitcher Vance Worley, another Lehigh Valley prospect, helped his own cause with an RBI groundout.

Worley earned the win on the hill with 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball and scattered three hits to push his record to 5-1 this season.

“We pressed him one time as far as pushing him to seven innings,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “It’s just a matter of time that you’ll be seeing him go deep in the game. He has that kind of talent.”

Manuel’s club has won two straight, three of four and is 21-8 since June 10. The Phillies will head to Chicago to take on the Cubs next week and own a 3 1/2-game lead over Atlanta for National League East bragging rights.

New York had won four in a row before losing three straight and four of its last five games. In Friday’s setback to the despised Phillies, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was banged around for four runs and six hits in seven innings of work. He also struck out five, walked two and posted a hit.

Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer — his 14th of the season — and scored both runs for the Mets, who started a seven-game residency on a sour note. With the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31 approaching, Beltran is one name being mentioned as possible bait. The Mets have already dealt closer Francisco Rodriguez by trading him to Milwaukee on Tuesday.

“We all know the situation where I am,” Beltran said. “Everyone knows that Francisco got traded, but at the same time we need to move on. We have to look forward and avoid negative information or information that is going to keep us down.”

Taking the mound for the Mets tonight will be Jonathon Niese. Niese is coming off a relief stint in which he allowed two runs in just one-third of an inning during last Sunday’s 4-2 loss at San Francisco. He relieved starter Mike Pelfrey, who suffered the loss for giving up two runs over eight innings.

Niese has won five of his last seven decisions and defeated Los Angeles on July 6 with seven strong innings, as he allowed three runs and five hits with six strikeouts and one walk of his team’s 5-3 road win. He has dropped two straight starts at Citi Field, where he is 3-4 in nine outings. Niese is 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA in three starts against the Phillies this season.

In six career starts against the rival Phils, the left-hander sports a 2-3 ledger with a 3.11 ERA.

Philadelphia has won seven of 10 meetings with New York this season, including a 3-1 mark at Citi Field.

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Mets-Phillies Score: Mets Drop First Game After Break 7-2

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – John Mayberry finished 2-for-4 with a career- high five RBI as Philadelphia began the second half on a strong note with a 7-2 decision over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Raul Ibanez homered, while Carlos Ruiz collected two hits and scored twice for the Phillies, who were coming off a series win over Atlanta prior to the All-Star break and have won seven of nine overall.

Recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Vance Worley (5-1) worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one run. The lanky right-hander fanned four, walked four and drove in a run.

“We pressed him one time as far as pushing him to seven innings,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “It’s just a matter of time that you’ll be seeing him go deep in the game. He has that kind of talent.”

Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer and scored both runs for the Mets, who have dropped three straight and four of five. With the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31 approaching, Beltran is one name being mentioned as possibly one who could be switching clubs.

The Mets have already unloaded closer Francisco Rodriguez, trading him to Milwaukee Tuesday night.

“We all know the situation where I am,” Beltran said. “Everyone knows that Francisco got traded, but at the same time we need to move on. We have to look forward and avoid negative information or information that is going to keep us down.”

R.A. Dickey (4-8) was charged in defeat for six hits and four runs over seven full frames.

The Phils opened the scoring by pushing across three runs in the second. Ibanez and Ruiz singled ahead of a walk to Domonic Brown, then Mayberry punched a two-run single through the right side and Worley followed with an RBI groundout.

New York put two on with one out in the home third, but Worley escaped the jam by inducing a 1-6-3 double-play grounder from Beltran.

Ibanez robbed Ruben Tejada of extra bases with a leaping grab to start the bottom of the fifth, then reached the seats in right with one out in the sixth for a 4-0 game.

Worley was chased with one out in the home sixth after loading the bases on two walks and a single. Juan Perez uncorked a wild pitch while fanning pinch- hitter Scott Hairston and Beltran crossed the plate for the Mets’ first run, but pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino grounded out.

Two walks and an error in the Philadelphia eighth loaded the bases with one down in the eighth, then Mayberry cleared the decks with a double to make it a 7-1 contest.

Beltran connected to dead center off Michael Stutes with one out in the home half, but that was all the Mets had in store offensively. Antonio Bastardo turned in a perfect ninth to end the contest.

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Mets-Phillies Score: Mets Drop First Game After Break 7-2

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – John Mayberry finished 2-for-4 with a career- high five RBI as Philadelphia began the second half on a strong note with a 7-2 decision over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Raul Ibanez homered, while Carlos Ruiz collected two hits and scored twice for the Phillies, who were coming off a series win over Atlanta prior to the All-Star break and have won seven of nine overall.

Recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Vance Worley (5-1) worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one run. The lanky right-hander fanned four, walked four and drove in a run.

“We pressed him one time as far as pushing him to seven innings,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “It’s just a matter of time that you’ll be seeing him go deep in the game. He has that kind of talent.”

Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer and scored both runs for the Mets, who have dropped three straight and four of five. With the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31 approaching, Beltran is one name being mentioned as possibly one who could be switching clubs.

The Mets have already unloaded closer Francisco Rodriguez, trading him to Milwaukee Tuesday night.

“We all know the situation where I am,” Beltran said. “Everyone knows that Francisco got traded, but at the same time we need to move on. We have to look forward and avoid negative information or information that is going to keep us down.”

R.A. Dickey (4-8) was charged in defeat for six hits and four runs over seven full frames.

The Phils opened the scoring by pushing across three runs in the second. Ibanez and Ruiz singled ahead of a walk to Domonic Brown, then Mayberry punched a two-run single through the right side and Worley followed with an RBI groundout.

New York put two on with one out in the home third, but Worley escaped the jam by inducing a 1-6-3 double-play grounder from Beltran.

Ibanez robbed Ruben Tejada of extra bases with a leaping grab to start the bottom of the fifth, then reached the seats in right with one out in the sixth for a 4-0 game.

Worley was chased with one out in the home sixth after loading the bases on two walks and a single. Juan Perez uncorked a wild pitch while fanning pinch- hitter Scott Hairston and Beltran crossed the plate for the Mets’ first run, but pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino grounded out.

Two walks and an error in the Philadelphia eighth loaded the bases with one down in the eighth, then Mayberry cleared the decks with a double to make it a 7-1 contest.

Beltran connected to dead center off Michael Stutes with one out in the home half, but that was all the Mets had in store offensively. Antonio Bastardo turned in a perfect ninth to end the contest.

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Mets Vs. Phillies: Mets Kick Off Second Half With Telling Series

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Phillies sent three starting pitchers to the All-Star Game, but Friday night the club will turn to the biggest surprise in its rotation to begin the season's second half.

Vance Worley has pitched like an All-Star since rejoining the rotation in mid- June and he gets the call for the major league-leading Phils tonight in the opener of a three-game series with the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Philadelphia leads all of baseball with a 57-34 record and a collective 3.02 earned run average. Neither of those numbers are a big surprise given that Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels are spearheading a rotation that was expected to be the best and deepest in the league prior to the season.

While the three aforementioned hurlers all made the National League All-Star roster, with Halladay earning the start and throwing two shutout innings in a 5-1 victory over the AL, the Phillies' rotation is minus Roy Oswalt (lower back) and Joe Blanton (right elbow). Those injuries have opened the door for Worley, who is 2-0 with a 0.72 earned run average in four starts since June 18.

Worley's last start in the majors came on July 4, when he threw seven scoreless innings to beat the Marlins. He yielded just two hits and a pair of walks, striking out six to improve to 4-1 with a 2.20 earned run average in 10 games (eight starts) this season.

"He's picked up some slack for us. We knew he could throw the ball, but the way he's been throwing the ball has exceeded our expectations," said Phillies catcher Brian Schneider about Worley.

With the All-Star break approaching, the Phils sent Worley down to Triple-A to make a start and stay on track before his expected return against the Mets. The 23-year-old righty bested New York back on April 29 with six scoreless innings, but then suffered a loss at Citi Field on May 29 after yielding eight runs -- five earned -- on 12 hits over three innings. He didn't make another major league appearance after that outing until his current run.

Philadelphia could be without a pair of All-Stars on offense tonight, however. as both outfielder Shane Victorino (thumb) and third baseman Placido Polanco (back) are on the disabled list.

Both players had to pull out of Tuesday's contest versus the AL.

The Phillies have won nine of their last 13 games, including Sunday's 14-1 victory over the Braves. That win put Philadelphia 3 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta for first place in the NL East.

The Mets are 11 games off the pace and are also dealing with injury problems. Both third baseman David Wright (lower back) and first baseman Ike Davis (left ankle) haven't played since May, while All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes is currently on the DL due to a strained left hamstring. Reyes is tied for the MLB lead with a .354 batting average, while the Mets hope to get Wright back on July 22.

New York was bested, 4-2, by the Giants in its last game on Sunday, giving the club a series loss and setbacks in three of four since a four-game win streak.

Though they insist they are not giving up on the season, the Mets did deal closer Francisco Rodriguez along with cash to the Brewers on Tuesday for two players to be named later. Rodriguez went 2-2 with 23 saves and a 3.16 ERA in 42 games this season.

"We thank Frankie for his contributions to the Mets and wish him well with the Brewers," said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. "This trade allows us to develop and more fully utilize other members of our 2011 bullpen and offers some payroll relief as well."

The payroll relief Alderson hinted at was a $17.5 million option for Rodriguez that became guaranteed if he finished 55 games this season. He had already done so in 34 games, putting him on pace to reach the needed mark.

Terry Collins will be tasked with finding a new closer, with the manager saying on Thursday that righties Pedro Beato, Jason Isringhausen and Bobby Parnell would all get a chance to finish off games. Left-hander Tim Byrdak could also see time in the right situation.

First, starter R.A. Dickey will have to get his team into a closer situation and he hasn't lost since June 11, going 1-0 over his last five starts with a 2.33 ERA in the most recent four appearances.

The right-handed knuckleballer was solid in his last start on July 8 at the Giants, giving up two runs on seven hits over seven innings of a 5-2 win, with Dickey getting a no-decision.

The 36-year-old is 4-7 with a 3.61 ERA in 19 games this year and was battling a sore back, hurt foot and tight left gluteus muscle prior to the break, so hopefully the rest did him some good. He has split four career starts against the Phillies with a 2.25 ERA.

Philadelphia has won six of nine over New York this season, taking two of three at Citi Field from May 27-29.

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