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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Recap: Game 23 - Phillies (5) at Mets (1) - Howard Dooms Mets Off Bench, Phils Sweep Series

Philadelphia (12-14)«000010310590
N.Y. Mets (10-13)100000000133

W: C. Hamels (1-3) L: J. Niese (2-2)
HR: PHI - F. Galvis (3)   NYM - None

Given new life, the Philadelphia Phillies capitalized and wrapped up a three-game sweep over the New York Mets with a 5-1 win at Citi Field.

The Phillies strung together four straight hits with two outs in the top of the seventh inning after New York catcher John Buck dropped a Laynce Nix pop up behind the plate.

Nix, pinch-hitting for starting pitcher Cole Hamels, wound up ripping a single to left field. Jimmy Rollins followed with another base hit off New York starter Jon Niese (2-2), who was removed after having thrown 117 pitches.

The right-handed throwing Scott Atchison took over on the mound and Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel countered New York skipper Terry Collins' move by having Ryan Howard pinch hit for Kevin Frandsen.

Howard wasn't in the starting lineup because of his struggles against the southpaw Niese. He has just one hit in 15 at-bats with seven strikeouts.

Ahead 2-0 in the count, Howard drove Atchison's offering to deep center field for a two-run double that broke a 1-1 tie. He then scored on a Chase Utley single to make it 4-1.

The outburst enabled Hamels to earn his elusive first win of the season.

John Mayberry, Jr. added an RBI double in the eighth for the Phillies, who have won six straight at Citi Field and nine of the last 10 games overall against the Mets.

It wasn't the sharpest outing for Hamels (1-3), who matched a career high with six walks. He did, however, record eight strikeouts and held New York to a pair of first-inning hits that produced a run.

The Mets mustered only one more hit in the game.

Ruben Tejada doubled twice for New York, which has lost a season-high four consecutive games.

The Mets committed two errors in the opening frame, including the first one by third baseman David Wright in 78 games. Wright's misplay allowed Philadelphia to load the bases with two outs. Niese, though, retired Domonic Brown on a fielder's choice.

New York got on the board when Tejada led off the bottom of the inning with a double and scored on Wright's one-out single.

Hamels struggled with his command in the fourth, but struck out Niese looking after walking the bases loaded.

Freddy Galvis golfed a leadoff home run to left field off Niese to tie things up in the fifth.

Game Notes

Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz went 1-for-4 in his season debut. Ruiz was reinstated from the restricted list Sunday after missing the first 25 games of the season while serving a suspension for a banned amphetamine. To make room for Ruiz, the Phillies designated veteran catcher Humberto Quintero for assignment ... Howard has 10 RBI over his last five games and extended his hitting streak to 10 games ... Niese, making his 100th career start, allowed five hits and walked one.

Box Score:

Jimmy Rollins SS511000000.267
Kevin Frandsen 1B300000000.250
  Ryan Howard PH-1B211210000.286
Chase Utley 2B501100000.295
Michael Young 3B301000010.352
Carlos Ruiz C401010000.250
Domonic Brown RF-LF411000000.241
John Mayberry CF401110001.238
Freddy Galvis LF311100101.222
  Antonio Bastardo P000000000.000
  Ezequiel Carrera PH-RF100000000.077
Cole Hamels P200000001.091
  Laynce Nix PH-RF211000000.261
  Mike Adams P000000000.000
  Jonathan Papelbon P000000000.000
Ruben Tejada SS312020010.241
Daniel Murphy 2B400000001.300
David Wright 3B301100010.309
John Buck C400000002.250
Lucas Duda LF300000011.250
Marlon Byrd RF300000011.235
Ike Davis 1B300000011.169
Juan Lagares CF200000010.125
  Scott Atchison P000000000.000
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter PH100000000.229
Jon Niese P200000002.250
  Collin Cowgill CF100000000.170
  Jordany Valdespin PH100000000.255

E_D.Wright, J.Buck, J.Niese. LOB_Philadelphia 7, NY Mets 8. 2B_R.Howard, C.Ruiz, J.Mayberry, R.Tejada 2. HR_F.Galvis (2) off J.Niese.

Cole Hamels (W 1-3)6.0211680111-624.78
Antonio Bastardo (H 3)1.010000015-90.96
Mike Adams1.000000015-113.60
Jonathan Papelbon1.00000009-62.00
Jon Niese (L 2-2)6.2531131117-733.31
Scott Atchison0.12110008-44.35
Brandon Lyon0.22110009-74.82
Scott Rice0.10000003-32.03
Bobby Parnell1.000000011-70.96

T_2:55. A_28990.
Umpires_Home,Bill Welke; First, David Rackley; Second, Adrian Johnson; Third, Fieldin Culbreth.

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