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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day Recap: Game 36 - Phillies (4) at Mets (5) 11 Innings - Ruben Tejada becomes a hero for a day



New York

W: S. Rice (1-1) L: J. Manship (1-1)
HR: PHI - None   NYM - D. Murphy (2)


Ruben Tejada's walk-off hit in the 11th inning scored Chris Young and lifted the New York Mets to a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday to salvage a three-game series.

The Mets, their rallies stunted all day by Cole Hamels, were three outs away from being swept before they tied the game with three runs in the ninth inning against the Phillies bullpen.

Their winning rally started when Chris Young beat out a grounder to second baseman Chase Utley, who scooped the ball to first with his glove but not in time.

Young moved up on Zack Wheeler's bunt before Jeff Manship (1-1) intentionally walked Juan Lagares. Anthony Recher followed with a single to load the bases before Tejada's hit to center field won it.

Hamels threw a career-high 133 pitches in seven hardscrabble innings for the Phillies but the bullpen blew the left-hander's bid for a 100th career win.

The Mets -- who were swept in Miami before this series -- snapped a five-game losing streak heading into their four-game home-and-home matchup against the Yankees.

They went 7-for-37 with runners in scoring position against the Phillies and left 40 men on base. The Phillies stranded 38 in the series.

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon saved the first two games of the series on just 21 pitches but wasn't available for the finale because of a neck problem.

Instead, Eric Young Jr. led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a double off Antonio Bastardo and Daniel Murphy followed by knocking a 3-1 fastball over the right-field wall for a two-run homer.

Bastardo fanned David Wright but gave up a double to Chris Young and Bobby Abreu's pinch-hit single off Roberto Hernandez went off Utley's glove at second. The tying run scored on Lagares' soft ground out.

Scott Rice (1-1) got one out with two runners on in the top of the 11th to pick up the win.

Hamels, who has long struggled against the Mets, gave up a run before getting an out but consistently pitched out of jams, striking out 10. He allowed seven hits and three walks but remains winless in four starts this season.

The Phillies scored three of their runs in the first four innings off Mets lefty Jon Niese, who pitched six.

The first three Mets batters of the game reached base against Hamels and they took a 1-0 lead on Wright's RBI single.

But the Phillies had four doubles in the first four innings against Niese to take the lead.

Cody Asche sliced the third one down the left-field line to knock in a run in the third inning and Marlon Byrd doubled and scored in a two-run fourth that gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead. Ryan Howard scored the first run in the fourth inning when he slid around a tag at home plate on Domonic Brown's grounder to first.

Hamels worked out of trouble in the sixth, fanning Curtis Granderson to end the inning with runners on second and third base. In the seventh, he gave up a double to Murphy but struck out Wright and got Chris Young on a fly ball to end the inning.

Jimmy Rollins drew a two-out walk off Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and scored on Utley's triple off the top of the wall in right-center field for a 4-1 Phillies lead.

Game Notes

Hamels' previous career-high was 128 pitches in 7 2/3 innings against San Francisco on July 21, 2012. He entered the game with a 7-14 record and 4.65 ERA in 27 prior starts against the Mets, including a rain-soaked loss on April 29 in Philadelphia, when he was charged with six runs, eight hits and five walks in 4 2/3 chilly innings ... The Phillies will host the Angels for two games starting Tuesday.

Box Score:

Tony Gwynn Jr. CF600000001.189
Jimmy Rollins SS311010031.276
Chase Utley 2B501101001.338
Ryan Howard 1B411000012.255
  Antonio Bastardo P000000000.000
  Roberto Hernandez P000000000.000
  Reid Brignac 3B100000000.000
Marlon Byrd RF412010012.312
Domonic Brown LF500100000.225
Wil Nieves C412110001.296
Cody Asche 3B402110011.233
  Jeff Manship P000000000.000
Cole Hamels P200000001.143
  Mario Hollands P000000000.000
  Ben Revere PH100000000.277
  John Mayberry 1B100000000.138
Eric Young LF623010000.234
Daniel Murphy 2B413220120.317
David Wright 3B601100002.289
Chris Young RF622010002.230
Eric Campbell 1B301000010.250
  Bobby Abreu PH101000000.211
  Jeurys Familia P000000000.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Zack Wheeler PH000000000.000
Juan Lagares CF501100012.301
Anthony Recker C602000003.238
Ruben Tejada SS402110020.195
Jon Niese P200000002.000
  Curtis Granderson PH100000001.185
  Daisuke Matsuzaka P000000000.000
  Travis d`Arnaud PH100000001.202
  Jose Valverde P000000000.000
  Lucas Duda 1B100000000.258

E_W.Nieves. LOB_Philadelphia 12, NY Mets 17. 2B_J.Rollins, M.Byrd, W.Nieves, C.Asche, E.Young, D.Murphy 2, C.Young, R.Tejada. 3B_C.Utley. HR_D.Murphy (2) off A.Bastardo. S_C.Hamels, Z.Wheeler. SB_W.Nieves (1), E.Young 2 (14). GIDP_D.Brown 2. DP_NY Mets 2 (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and E.Campbell 2).

Cole Hamels7.07113100133-845.32
Mario Hollands (H 2)1.010011024-124.50
Antonio Bastardo (H 5)0.133301115-115.40
Roberto Hernandez (B 1)0.210001011-74.08
Jeff Manship (L 1-1)1.141120030-165.40
Jon Niese6.083316097-632.17
Daisuke Matsuzaka2.000022034-172.63
Jose Valverde1.011121025-144.11
Jeurys Familia1.200011018-83.12
Scott Rice (W 1-1)0.10000005-36.00

IBB_off J.Manship 2 (D.Murphy,J.Lagares), off J.Valverde (R.Howard).
HBP_by D.Matsuzaka (W.Nieves), by S.Rice (C.Utley).
T_4:22. A_28926.
Umpires_Home,Tim Welke; First, Todd Tichenor; Second, Gabe Morales; Third, Tim Timmons.

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