Thursday, July 05, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 83 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Comeback to Beat Phillies 6-5

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Philadelphia (37-47)1101020005130
N.Y. Mets (45-38) «0110200026100

W: B. Parnell (2-1) L: J. Papelbon (2-3)
HR: PHI - None   NYM - S. Hairston (12),D. Wright (11)

David Wright homered and knocked in four runs, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the New York Mets edged the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Scott Hairston also hit a home run for New York, which won for the sixth time in eight games.

Bobby Parnell (2-1) tossed a perfect top of the ninth to earn the win in relief of starter R.A. Dickey, who allowed five rune on a career-high tying 11 hits and a walk over seven innings. Dickey also struck out seven and stretched his unbeaten streak to 14 straight starts.

Jonathan Papelbon (2-3) gave up a pair of runs on three hits and a walk in his second blown save of the season for the Phillies, who have dropped seven of their last eight.

Cole Hamels surrendered four runs on seven hits and a walk in a seven-inning start, while Jimmy Rollins had three hits, two RBI and a run scored in defeat.

Wright's two-run home run in the fifth inning gave New York its first lead of the game, but Philadelphia answered with two runs in the sixth to go back on top.

Hamels started the rally with a one-out single and rounded the bases on Rollins' triple into the right-field corner. Juan Pierre followed with a squeeze bunt to plate Rollins and give the Phillies a 5-4 advantage.

Philadelphia failed to add an insurance run in the eighth inning when Mike Fontenot was throw out at the plate by Hairston on Chase Utley's pinch-hit single to left field, and New York capitalized in the bottom of the ninth against Papelbon.

Ike Davis opened the frame with a double to left-center field and pinch-runner Ronny Cedeno quickly moved to third on Josh Thole's sacrifice bunt. Papelbon fanned Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the second out of the inning, but then hit Jordany Valdespin with a 3-2 pitch and walked Ruben Tejada to load the bases.

Daniel Murphy followed with a grounder up the middle that Papelbon kicked towards the first-base line with his left foot and then fell down as he fielded it and Cedeno crossed the plate to tie the game.

One pitch later, Wright blooped an inside fastball to shallow right field just in front of Hunter Pence, allowing Valdespin to cruise home for the deciding run.

The Phillies took the early lead in their first at-bat after Pierre reached first on a fielder's choice, advanced to second when Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch and crossed the plate on Shane Victorino's two-out single to center field.

Philadelphia added to its lead in the second inning following Placido Polanco's leadoff single and Hamels' one-out bunt single. Rollins then pulled a double to right field to bring home Polanco and place runners on second and third, but Dickey induced a pair of infield fly outs by Pierre and Pence to end the inning and keep it a 2-0 game.

Hairston's leadoff blast over the left-center field wall in the home second got New York on the board.

After the Phillies squandered Ruiz's leadoff double in the third inning, the Mets tied the game in the bottom half of the frame when Dickey reached first on a base hit to left and came home on a pair of two-out singles by Murphy and Wright.

Hairston followed with a walk to load the bases, but Lucas Duda grounded out to first to end the inning and keep the score tied at two.

The tie was shortlived, however, as Fontenot opened the fourth with a base hit, moved to second on Rollins' bloop single to right and crossed the plate on Pence's grounder up the middle.

Game Notes

It was the first game in the majors this season that featured a pair of starting pitchers with double-digit wins...Pence extended his hit streak to 10 games...Dickey has not suffered a loss since April 18 against Atlanta, which is his lone loss of the season...Philadelphia hit 4 -for-13 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base...The Mets went 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven.

Box Score:
Jimmy Rollins SS313211020.262
Juan Pierre LF310100001.317
  John Mayberry PH-LF100000000.225
Hunter Pence RF501100001.287
Carlos Ruiz C401010000.355
Shane Victorino CF501100002.247
Ty Wigginton 1B401000002.249
Placido Polanco 3B411000001.269
Mike Fontenot 2B412010001.338
Cole Hamels P312000001.278
  Chase Utley PH101000000.304
  Antonio Bastardo P000000000.000
  Jonathan Papelbon P000000000.000
Ruben Tejada SS411000010.329
Daniel Murphy 2B502100002.289
David Wright 3B513400100.354
Scott Hairston LF311100111.256
Lucas Duda RF400000001.253
Ike Davis 1B401010001.201
  Ronny Cedeno PR010000000.259
Josh Thole C301000001.273
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF400000003.270
R.A. Dickey P211000000.194
  Justin Turner PH100000000.253
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Pedro Beato P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH010000000.222

LOB_Philadelphia 9, NY Mets 7. 2B_J.Rollins, C.Ruiz, M.Fontenot, I.Davis. 3B_J.Rollins. HR_D.Wright (11) off C.Hamels, S.Hairston (12) off C.Hamels. S_J.Pierre, J.Thole. SB_J.Valdespin (4). DP_NY Mets 1 (R.Dickey and I.Davis).

Cole Hamels7.0744172119-793.20
Antonio Bastardo (H 16)1.000001012-63.86
Jonathan Papelbon (L 2-3;B 2)0.232211028-173.45
R.A. Dickey7.0115517099-702.40
Jon Rauch0.11000006-54.02
Tim Byrdak0.11001009-33.74
Pedro Beato0.10000005-30.00
Bobby Parnell (W 2-1)1.000002014-92.91

IBB_off T.Byrdak (J.Rollins).
HBP_by J.Papelbon (J.Valdespin), by R.Dickey (C.Ruiz).
T_2:57. A_28409.
Umpires_Home,Jeff Kellogg; First, Eric Cooper; Second, Marty Foster; Third, Tim Timmons.
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