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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 26 - Mets (6) at Phillies (1) - Niese stays cool in the rain, battles to win


New York


W: J. Niese (2-2) L: C. Hamels (0-2)
HR: NYM - None   PHI - M. Byrd (3)


Ruben Tejada went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, Jon Niese spun seven stellar innings of one-run ball, and the New York Mets downed the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 on Tuesday in the opener of a brief two-game series.

Daniel Murphy recorded three hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Chris Young knocked in a run and scored twice in support of Niese (2-2), who struck out five and scattered four hits with a walk over his solid start.

Niese helped his own cause with a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, as the Mets secured their second straight victory and fifth in their last six games.

Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels (0-2) had a forgettable outing, surrendering six runs on eight hits with five walks in just 4 2/3 frames. Hamels, who was making his first start of the season at Citizens Bank Park after starting the campaign on the disabled list, threw just 55 of his 106 pitches for strikes.

Marlon Byrd belted a homer to account for the lone run for the Phillies, who had a two-game win streak halted.

The Mets scored against Hamels early and often, plating one run in the third, two in the fourth and three more in the fifth to create a comfortable lead.

Tejada opened the third with a double, moved to third on Niese's bunt and scored two batters later on Murphy's single to right to make it 1-0.

Hamels' control issues surfaced in the fourth, as the Phillies southpaw walked Young and Curtis Granderson before Josh Satin smacked a single to center to score Young for a 2-0 lead.

After striking out Travis d'Arnaud, Hamels walked Tejada to load the bases and then issued another free pass -- his fourth of the inning -- to Niese, allowing Granderson to trot home for a 3-0 edge.

Byrd's two-out blast in the bottom of the frame got the home team on the board, but Murphy opened the fifth with a single and then stole second before scoring on Young's double to center.

After grounding out Granderson, Hamels plunked Satin and walked d'Arnaud to load the bases for Tejada, who sliced a single into shallow center field to score Young and Satin for a 6-1 lead.

Niese held the Phillies to two singles over the next three frames before Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jose Valverde each fired a scoreless inning in relief to nail down the victory.

Game Notes

Murphy extended his hit streak to 10 games and stole second base in the fifth inning for his 28th consecutive stolen base ... The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 28 minutes due to rain ... Phillies center fielder Ben Revere went 0-for-4 but stole his 10th base of the season in the setback.

Box Score:

Eric Young LF501000002.215
Daniel Murphy 2B513100001.304
David Wright 3B500000000.262
Chris Young CF321110010.205
Curtis Granderson RF311000011.136
Josh Satin 1B311100000.158
  Daisuke Matsuzaka P000000000.000
  Jose Valverde P000000000.000
Travis d`Arnaud C300000011.209
Ruben Tejada SS312210010.221
Jon Niese P100100011.000
  Lucas Duda PH-1B100000000.253
Ben Revere CF400000001.299
Jimmy Rollins SS400000001.250
Chase Utley 2B401000000.355
Marlon Byrd RF411100100.277
Ryan Howard 1B402010002.255
Carlos Ruiz C301000010.297
Domonic Brown LF400000001.253
Jayson Nix 3B300000001.161
Cole Hamels P100000000.333
  Roberto Hernandez P000000000.000
  Tony Gwynn Jr. PH100000000.242
  Mario Hollands P000000000.000
  Jeff Manship P000000000.000
  Cody Asche PH000000010.200
  Shawn Camp P000000000.000

E_E.Young. LOB_NY Mets 6, Philadelphia 6. 2B_C.Young, R.Tejada, R.Howard. HR_M.Byrd (3) off J.Niese. S_J.Niese. SB_D.Murphy (6), B.Revere (10). GIDP_D.Wright, J.Satin. DP_Philadelphia 2 (J.Rollins and R.Howard), (C.Utley, J.Rollins and R.Howard).

Jon Niese (W 2-2)7.0411151108-662.20
Daisuke Matsuzaka1.000011022-121.17
Jose Valverde1.010000018-104.76
Cole Hamels (L 0-2)4.2866530106-556.75
Roberto Hernandez0.10000105-35.74
Mario Hollands2.000002030-203.27
Jeff Manship1.00000004-45.87
Shawn Camp1.01000009-70.00

HBP_by C.Hamels (J.Satin). 
T_2:53. A_28189.
Umpires_Home,Cory Blaser; First, Brian O'Nora; Second, Doug Eddings; Third, Marvin Hudson.
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