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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Recap: Game 8 - Mets (3) at Phillies (8) - Gee Gets Bombed, Buck Continues Hot Hitting

N.Y. Mets (5-3)000210000382
Philadelphia (3-5)«04310000x8111

W: C. Lee (2-0) L: D. Gee (0-2)
HR: NYM - J. Buck (4)   PHI - R. Howard (1),M. Young (1),J. Mayberry (1)

Cliff Lee turned in another solid performance by lasting 8 2/3 innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies took an 8-3 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Coming in, Philadelphia's starting rotation was pitching to a 7.68 earned run average, but Lee (2-0) showed consistency for the second straight start. He allowed just three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits, didn't walk a batter and had six strikeouts.

The Phillies also got a productive day out of newcomer Michael Young, who fell a double shy of the cycle while knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard also hit his first homer of the season as did John Mayberry, who finished 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Dillon Gee (0-2) had the shortest outing of his career, lasting just three innings. He was torched for seven runs on 10 hits for the Mets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

John Buck went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and Jordany Valdespin added a triple and a run scored in the setback.

The Mets had won nine of their past 11 games in Philadelphia, but it's never been an easy place to pitch for Gee, who had a 1-1 record with a 9.00 ERA in four past appearances.

To say the least, the Phillies got a hold of him early.

They plated four runs in the second inning, all coming after a throwing error by Mets left fielder Lucas Duda. The miscue put runners on second and third and Mayberry sent them home with a double down the left-field line.

Two batters later, Lee helped his own cause with an RBI single up the middle. Gee gave up six hits in the inning, and a third in a row when Jimmy Rollins' double to right-center made it 4-0 in favor of Philadelphia.

The Phillies continued to pound Gee in the third, as Howard and Young began the frame with back-to-back homers. Two batters later, Mayberry ripped a solo shot into the left-field stands for a seven-run lead.

Buck put the Mets on the board in the fourth with a two-run homer, and leads the National League in RBI to this point with 14.

Valdespin tripled and scored on a passed ball in the fifth, but Young produced a run-scoring triple in the bottom half of the inning and the Mets remained behind by five, 8-3.

Lee then settled in, retiring 11 batters in a row before giving up a pair of singles in the ninth. Manager Charlie Manuel decided to replace him with Mike Adams, who struck out Ruben Tejada to end the game.

Game Notes:
Lee is 2-0 for the first time since his AL Cy Young Award-winning season with the Cleveland Indians in 2008 ... The Mets have hit a home run in each of their first eight games, tying the 1987 team for the longest such streak to start a season ... Philadelphia was 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position ... The teams will wrap up their three-game set on Wednesday. New York's Jeremy Hefner will counter Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick on the mound.

Box Score:

Collin Cowgill CF400000002.130
Daniel Murphy 2B402010001.333
David Wright 3B410000000.286
John Buck C412200100.393
Marlon Byrd RF401000001.269
Lucas Duda LF201000000.227
  Greg Burke P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter PH100000001.222
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Anthony Recker PH100000001.250
Justin Turner 1B401000000.400
Ruben Tejada SS400000001.192
Dillon Gee P100000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin LF211001000.300
Ben Revere CF501000001.229
Jimmy Rollins SS401110001.294
Chase Utley 2B210000020.345
Ryan Howard 1B411100101.161
Michael Young 3B423201100.345
Domonic Brown LF411000001.233
John Mayberry RF422310100.333
Erik Kratz C401000001.200
Cliff Lee P411100002.167
  Mike Adams P000000000.000

E_L.Duda, J.Turner, J.Rollins. LOB_NY Mets 5, Philadelphia 5. 2B_D.Murphy, J.Rollins, J.Mayberry. 3B_J.Valdespin, M.Young. HR_J.Buck (4) off C.Lee, R.Howard (1) off D.Gee, M.Young (1) off D.Gee, J.Mayberry (1) off D.Gee. SB_C.Utley 2 (3). GIDP_J.Turner. DP_Philadelphia 1 (J.Rollins, C.Utley and R.Howard).

Dillon Gee (L 0-2)3.0107702356-377.71
Greg Burke2.011112043-235.79
Scott Rice1.000011016-62.08
LaTroy Hawkins1.000001010-74.91
Brandon Lyon1.000001010-70.00
Cliff Lee (W 2-0)8.2832061106-751.08
Mike Adams0.10000103-30.00

T_2:29. A_38305.
Umpires_Home,James Hoye; First, John Hirschbeck; Second, Bob Davidson; Third, Jim Reynolds.

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