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Friday, August 31, 2012

Recap: Game 131 - Mets at Phillies - Mets See the light and lose 3-2

Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)
N.Y. Mets (61-70)110000000271
Philadelphia (62-69) «00111000x3120
W: K. Kendrick (8-9) L: J. Niese (10-8)
S: J. Papelbon (30)
HR: NYM - M. Baxter (2),S. Hairston (15)   PHI - None

Kevin Frandsen contributed an RBI single among four hits and scored the go-ahead run as the Philadelphia Phillies avoided a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win against the New York Mets .

Ty Wigginton knocked in a run for the Phillies, who had dropped five in a row at Citizens Bank Park to the Mets, including the first two installments of this three-game set.

Kyle Kendrick (8-9) continued his terrific play of late, tossing 7 2/3 effective innings to win his fourth straight start. The Philadelphia right- hander gave up home runs to two of the first six batters he faced, but scattered only five more hits during his outing.

"Give the team a chance to win and I was able to do that," Kendrick said.

Jon Niese (10-8) allowed three runs on nine hits over six innings for New York, which had its winning streak snapped at four games.

"He threw the ball fine," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He had the flu three days ago, so I thought he pitched very well."

In the third, Frandsen plated Jimmy Rollins, who had reached on a two-out double and was later benched after not hustling on a dropped popup.

Wigginton tied the game with a double in the fourth and Ryan Howard's sac fly put the Phillies on top in the fifth.

Frandsen had led off the fifth with a double and was moved to third by a Chase Utley groundout.

Rollins was pulled after committing a pair of mistakes in the sixth. With Kendrick on third and one out, Rollins failed to run hard on a popup that Niese failed to catch. He wound up stealing second base, but was then caught in a rundown on a grounder and tagged out.

The former National League MVP was replaced by Michael Martinez at shortstop to begin the seventh inning.

New York threatened in the eighth inning as Kendrick gave up consecutive two- out singles. Raul Valdes, though, needed one pitch to retire Ike Davis on a 3-1 grounder.

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth for his 30th save of the season.

Mike Baxter crushed Kendrick's second pitch of the game for his first career leadoff homer. Scott Hairston went deep in the second.

Game Notes

Kendrick notched his first home win against the Mets since September 13, 2009. He had dropped five straight decisions ... The Phillies wrapped up a 10-game homestand with a 6-4 mark ... Philadelphia catcher Steve Lerud went 1-for-4 in his major league debut ... Phillies infielder Hector Luna was outrighted off the 40-man roster and elected free agency ... The Mets posted a 7-2 record in Philadelphia this season.

Box Score:

Mike Baxter RF411100101.282
Daniel Murphy 2B401000001.285
David Wright 3B402010000.317
Ike Davis 1B400000001.224
Lucas Duda LF400000001.242
Scott Hairston CF412100100.274
Ronny Cedeno SS301000000.287
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Robert Carson P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH000000000.277
  Andres Torres PR000000000.228
Josh Thole C400000001.238
Jon Niese P200000001.174
  Ruben Tejada SS100000001.295
Jimmy Rollins SS411010000.243
  Laynce Nix RF100000001.258
Kevin Frandsen 3B514110000.355
Chase Utley 2B400000000.250
Ryan Howard 1B300100003.235
John Mayberry CF413010000.246
Ty Wigginton LF302110010.236
  Juan Pierre LF000000000.300
Michael Martinez RF-SS400000002.132
Steven Lerud C401000001.250
  Jonathan Papelbon P000000000.000
Kyle Kendrick P201010000.148
  Raul Valdes P000000000.000
  Domonic Brown PH000000000.258
  Erik Kratz PH-C100000000.273

E_J.Niese. LOB_NY Mets 6, Philadelphia 12. 2B_D.Wright, J.Rollins, K.Frandsen, J.Mayberry, T.Wigginton, K.Kendrick. HR_M.Baxter (2) off K.Kendrick, S.Hairston (15) off K.Kendrick. SF_R.Howard. S_K.Kendrick. SB_J.Rollins (24).

Jon Niese (L 10-8)6.093314096-643.55
Ramon Ramirez1.020002015-114.22
Robert Carson1.010001015-123.86
Kyle Kendrick (W 8-9)7.272206286-634.01
Raul Valdes (H 2)0.10000001-12.90
Jonathan Papelbon (S 30)1.000001015-102.60

IBB_off J.Niese (T.Wigginton).
HBP_by J.Niese (C.Utley), by J.Papelbon (J.Turner).
T_2:25. A_43141.
Umpires_Home,Wally Bell; First, Dan Bellino; Second, Mike Estabrook; Third, Jerry Layne.

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