In an offensive explosion, the New York Mets routed the rival Philadelphia Phillies 11-2 last Thursday afternoon. The Mets struck for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Every Mets position player reached base at least once. New York starter Zack Wheeler continued his dominant streak. It was Wheeler’s fifth consecutive start of allowing two earned runs or less. Wheeler pitched six and two-thirds innings, scattered seven hits, allowed just two runs, walked two batters and struck out four. Wheeler improved to 6-8 on the season. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick pitched six innings, allowed four runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out four batters as Kendrick dropped to 5-11. Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was the star of the game. Murphy went 3-5 including a three run homer in the bottom of the fifth.
After a scoreless first four innings, the Phillies struck in the top of the fifth. Centerfielder Ben Revere led off the inning by blooping a ball into left. Revere raced around first, landing safely at second for a hustle double. Left fielder Grady Sizemore flied out to center for the first out and second baseman Chase Utley hit a pop fly to third for out number two. Revere broke for third and reached safely for his 29th stolen base of the year. First baseman Ryan Howard then ripped a double into the gap in left center, scoring Revere to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Right fielder Marlon Byrd struck out swinging to retire the side.
Centerfielder Juan Lagares legged out an infield single to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Shortstop Ruben Tejada grounded a ball past Jimmy Rollins at short and into left field. Zack Wheeler laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Right fielder Curtis Granderson walked to load the bases. With Daniel Murphy at bat, Kendrick uncorked a wild pitch. Lagares bolted to the plate, scoring easily to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Murphy then launched a shot over the wall in left field for his eighth home run of the year, making it 4-1 New York. Third baseman David Wright flied out to right, and first baseman Lucas Duda grounded out to first to end the inning. Neither team scored in the sixth inning.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins pinch-hit for Kyle Kendrick leading off the top of the seventh and lined a ball that just barely went over the right field wall for a homerun, his 15th of the year, cutting the Mets lead to 4-2. Both Ben Revere and Grady Sizemore flied out to left, but that would be the end of Wheeler’s day and in came lefty reliever Dana Eveland. Chase Utley followed with a walk and immediately stole second base. A passed ball by Travis d’Arnaud allowed Utley to take third. Eveland then plunked Ryan Howard. Eveland was pulled and in came setup man Jeurys Familia. On the first pitch, Familia induced a ground ball from Marlon Byrd to retire the side.
Curtis Granderson launched a ball that bounced over the fence in left-center for a ground-rule double to start the bottom of the seventh. Daniel Murphy grounded out to third for the first out. David Wright was intentionally walked. First baseman Lucas Duda lined a single into left scoring Granderson to extend the Mets lead to 5-2.
Lefty reliever Mario Hollands, who entered in the top of the inning, was pulled and in came right-hander Justin De Fratus. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud cracked a single down the line. David Wright scored to stretch New York lead to 6-2. Grady Sizemore mishandled the ball and it got away from him, allowing both runners to move up a base. With runners at second and third, Chris Young grounded a ball back to back to De Fratus. De Fratus booted the ball. Young was safe and Duda scored to widen the Mets lead to 7-2. Juan Lagares struck out looking for the second out. Ruben Tejada drilled a single into left. d’Arnaud scored to increase the lead to 8-2 New York. Jeurys Familia, in just his second at bat of the year, lined a single into left, scoring Young to boost the lead to 9-2. Granderson, in his second appearance of the inning, struck out swinging to end the inning. The Phillies went in order in the top of the eighth.
In the bottom of the eighth, reliever Phillipe Aumont entered as part of a double switch with Reid Brignac who took over at second for Chase Utley. Daniel Murphy led off with a single to center. David Wright struck out swinging for the first out. Lucas Duda then blasted his 19th home run of the year off the seats in the overhanging Pepsi Porch in right field, blowing the game wide open, making it 11-2 New York. Travis d’Arnaud walked, and Chris Young singled into left. Juan Lagares grounded out to third, but both runners advanced to second and third. Ruben Tejada struck out swinging to end the inning. The Phillies failed to score in the top of the ninth, ending the game.