The New York Mets crushed the rival Philadelphia Phillies 11-2 Monday night, in the finale of a five game series at Citizens Bank Park. Mets veteran starter Bartolo Colon tossed 7+ innings, allowing just two runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out five batters. Colon picked up his fifth win, improving to 5-5 on the season. Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez took the loss dropping to 2-3 after pitching 5 1/3 innings allowing five runs on five hits, walking two while striking out five.
Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores was the star of the game, going 2-5 with six RBI’s including a grand-slam home run in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach. Flores was the first Met to have six RBI’s in one game since outfielder Carlos Beltran did it on May 12th 2011 against the Colorado Rockies.
Before the game the Mets announced that starting centerfielder Juan Lagares was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of the intercostal muscle of the right rib cage, and outfielder Matt den Dekker would be called back up in his place. den Dekker was initially sent down to AAA Las Vegas prior to Sunday afternoon’s game to make room for journeyman lefty reliever Dana Eveland, but was retained because of Lagares’ injury.
After both teams were retired in order in the first inning, left fielder Curtis Granderson led off the second inning by flying out to right. Right fielder Bobby Abreu then lined a double down the right field line and first baseman Lucas Duda followed suit, giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Wilmer Flores then lined a shot to center but right at Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere for the second out. Duda advanced to third on the play. Travis d’Arnaud was intentionally walked, and after making contact on a few pitches (a feat in and of itself) Bartolo Colon struck out swinging to retire the side.
Leading off the bottom of the second, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard cracked a shot to dead center. Centerfielder Matt den Dekker raced back and made a leaping catch to rob Howard of a home run. Right fielder Marlon Byrd followed with a walk, but was forced out at second on a ground ball from catcher Carlos Ruiz. Dominic Brown then grounded out to short to end the inning. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the third.
Phillies third baseman Reid Brignac singled up the middle to start the bottom of the third. Roberto Hernandez then laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Brignac over to second. Ben Revere then blooped a single into shallow center. Brignac raced to home, but was tagged out by d’Arnaud after a one-hop throw from den Dekker in center. Revere took second on the throw. Shortstop Cesar Hernandez then struck out looking to end the inning. The Mets went in order in the fourth and fifth innings while the Phillies failed to score in those same innings.
In the top of the sixth Matt den Dekker led off with a single to right center. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then grounded a ball between first and second into right center for a single, advancing den Dekker over to third. Third baseman David Wright then crushed a pitch off the deep centerfield fence, the ball trickled away that allowed both Murphy and den Dekker to score making it 3-0 New York. Curtis Granderson then flied out to left, but Bobby Abreu followed with a walk.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg pulled Hernandez and lefty reliever Mario Hollands entered to limit the damage. Lucas Duda hit a grounder right at Phillies second baseman Chase Utley but the ball nicked off his glove and went through his legs to load the bases. Wilmer Flores then blooped a ball that just stayed fair of the right field foul line. Wright and Abreu scored to extend the Mets lead to 5-0. Travis d’Arnaud was intentionally walked (the fourth time in two games), but Bartolo Colon and den Dekker each struck out to retire the side.
Cesar Hernandez walked to start the bottom of the sixth. Chase Utley then doubled to deep right, moving Hernandez to third. Ryan Howard then grounded out to short, but Hernandez scored to put the Phillies on the board with their first run. Marlon Byrd then lined out to center and Carlos Ruiz grounded to short to end the inning with the score 5-1. The Mets did not score in the top of the seventh; the Phillies were retired in order in the bottom half of the seventh, and the Mets did not bring in a run in the top of the eighth.
Ben Revere and Cesar Hernandez each singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth. That would be it for Bartolo Colon, and in came lefty reliever Dana Eveland. Chris Young entered the game as part of a double switch to play left field. Curtis Granderson shifted over to right replacing Bobby Abreu. Chase Utley flied to center, advancing Hernandez over to third. Ryan Howard then struck out swinging for the second out. That would be it for Eveland, and in came hard throwing right-hander Jeurys Familia. On his first pitch Familia uncorked a wild pitch that brought in Hernandez to cut the Mets lead to 5-2. But Marlon Byrd hit a lazy fly ball to left to end the inning.
Lefty reliever Jacob Diekman entered to pitch the top of the ninth for the Phillies replacing Cesar Jimenez who pitched a scoreless eighth for Philadelphia. Diekman immediately walked Chris Young to lead off but got Matt den Dekker to strike out looking. Daniel Murphy then lined a single to center, moving Young to third and David Wright then walked to load the bases for Curtis Granderson. Granderson then grounded a single past a diving Chase Utley and into right field. Both Young and Murphy scored to make it 7-2 New York. That would be it for Diekman and in came Phillipe Aumount.
Aumount walked his first batter, utility player Eric Campbell who pinch-hit for Familia. Lucas Duda struck out swinging but Wilmer Flores then launched a no-doubter into the stands in left for a grand slam, giving the Mets an 11-2 lead. Travis d’Arnaud then grounded out to third to retire the side. Veteran reliever Carlos Torres came in to pitch an easy inning for the Mets to end the game.
The Mets now head to Chicago to take on the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Zack Wheeler takes the mound for New York facing off against Jake Arrieta for the Cubs.
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