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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Recap: Game 118 - Mets (6) at Philadelphia (7) - Mets lose it in the ninth on Howard's single


New York


W: K. Giles (1-0) L: J. Mejia (5-5)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (21),T. d´Arnaud (9)   PHI - C. Utley (11)


After another game-ending RBI, teams might think twice about intentionally walking Chase Utley to get to Ryan Howard.

Howard singled with two outs in the ninth inning after pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd had a tying hit and the Philadelphia Phillies pulled out a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Utley singled, tripled, homered and drove in three runs for the Phillies, who snapped a five-game skid against the Mets.

Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud homered for New York.

The Mets appeared positioned for their 12th victory in the last 13 games against the Phillies in Philadelphia before the ninth.

Cody Asche led off with a double off Jenrry Mejia (5-5) and scored when Byrd lined a hit up the middle. Two outs later, Byrd stole second and, after getting the count to 3-2, the Mets intentionally walked Utley.

Howard followed with a single to right on a full-count pitch.

The beleaguered slugger, who recently was benched for three games, pointed skyward after rounding first before getting mobbed by his teammates near first base.

Ken Giles (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to cap four innings of scoreless relief by three Phillies bullpen arms.

It was the second time in six games Howard faced the scenario. The Astros walked Utley for Howard on Tuesday and the Philadelphia slugger singled home the winning run in Philadelphia's 2-1, 15-inning victory.

While Howard wasn't surprised, Mejia was.

Collins stood by his decision.

Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on three hits in six innings. He is 4-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his last eight games.

Kyle Kendrick extended his struggles this season. The right-hander was charged with six runs - five earned - on 10 hits in five innings.


Phillies: Prized prospect Jesse Biddle makes his second start for Class-A Clearwater on Monday since being shut down for a mental break on June 23. The 2010 Phillies first-round pick tossed five no-hit innings to earn the victory in Clearwater's 4-0 win last Wednesday against Daytona.

Mets: Rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom will be evaluated in New York on Monday after experiencing shoulder soreness in the days following Thursday's start against Washington. DeGrom, who is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 16 starts, will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Nationals. ... Mejia revealed after the game that he has been struggling with a hernia problem for the last three weeks. ''Doctors say if it bothers me too much to let him fix it, but I don't want to let him know because I want to keep pitching,'' Mejia said.


The teams close out the four-game series at 1:05 p.m. Monday when Phillies right-hander David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39) faces New York lefty Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.51). Buchanan is filling in for injured lefty Cliff Lee, who is out for the season with an elbow strain. Niese has lost four straight games.


Mets left-handed reliever Josh Edgin struck out all four batters he faced. Edgin is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA with 19 strikeouts and three walks in 22 innings.


After David Wright opened the third with a single and Duda flew out, d'Arnaud lifted a medium fly to left field that Brown appeared to pull up on too soon. Fans booed the left fielder, who has experienced offensive and defensive troubles this season.

Box Score:
Curtis Granderson RF412000011.232
Daniel Murphy 2B401100000.303
David Wright 3B512100001.272
Lucas Duda 1B411100111.261
Travis d`Arnaud C422100110.226
Matt den Dekker LF502000000.180
Juan Lagares CF312201010.285
Wilmer Flores SS401000000.230
Zack Wheeler P200000001.079
  Eric Campbell PH100000001.300
  Vic Black P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Jenrry Mejia P000000000.000
Ben Revere CF511000001.308
Jimmy Rollins SS511000000.241
Chase Utley 2B423301110.287
Ryan Howard 1B501100001.218
Grady Sizemore RF310000011.315
Domonic Brown LF301210012.227
Wil Nieves C300000012.253
Cody Asche 3B411010001.247
Kyle Kendrick P100000001.063
  Reid Brignac PH100000001.225
  Mario Hollands P000000000.000
  Darin Ruf PH100000000.129
  Jake Diekman P000000000.000
  Ken Giles P000000000.000
  Marlon Byrd PH111100000.273

E_D.Wright, R.Howard. LOB_NY Mets 9, Philadelphia 7. 2B_D.Brown, C.Asche. 3B_J.Lagares, C.Utley. HR_L.Duda (21) off K.Kendrick, T.d'Arnaud (9) off K.Kendrick, C.Utley (11) off Z.Wheeler. SF_D.Murphy. S_Z.Wheeler. SB_M.Byrd (3). CS_M.den Dekker. GIDP_D.Wright. DP_Philadelphia 2 (B.Revere, R.Howard and C.Asche), (C.Asche, C.Utley and R.Howard).

Zack Wheeler6.0333351112-703.53
Vic Black (H 10)0.232200014-92.22
Josh Edgin (H 4)1.100004018-121.64
Jenrry Mejia (L 5-5;B 3)0.232211026-163.89
Kyle Kendrick5.0106531281-494.88
Mario Hollands2.020011029-184.12
Jake Diekman1.000002011-84.10
Ken Giles (W 1-0)1.010001015-131.50

IBB_off J.Mejia (C.Utley). 
T_3:14. A_31061.
Umpires_Home,Tom Woodring; First, Mark Wegner; Second, Mike Winters; Third, Mike Muchlinski.
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