The New York Mets dropped their fifth straight game in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday night at Citi Field. The Mets bullpen blew the lead for the fourth time in five games when Mets closer Kyle Farnsworth allowed the game winning single to Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard in the top of the ninth. Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was the star of the game, collecting three hits and a walk, driving in a run while scoring four. Before the game, the Mets announced they had sent down first baseman Josh Satin to AAA Las Vegas in favor of Eric Campbell.
The action started early, when centerfielder Ben Revere led off with a single to center and immediately stole second base. Rollins then singled to right moving Revere over to third. Second baseman Chase Utley then hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Revere to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead. Howard then doubled off the wall in left center advancing Rollins to third. Mets starter Dillon Gee then hit right fielder Marlon Byrd with a pitch to load the bases. Dominic Brown then singled to center scoring Rollins giving Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. Catcher Carlos Ruiz then grounded a pitch back to Gee, who threw home to force out Howard at the plate. Cody Asche then lined out to first to retire the side.
Centerfielder Juan Lagares was hit with a pitch from Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick to begin the bottom of the first. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then grounded in to a fielder’s choice and Lagares was forced out at second. Third baseman David Wright then smashed a pitch over the left center field fence for a home run, tying the game at 2-2. Right fielder Curtis Granderson then grounded out to second and left fielder Chris Young hit a slow roller that Ruiz threw to first, ending the inning.
After Kendrick lined out to third, and Ben Revere grounded back to the pitcher, Jimmy Rollins crushed a home run to right to retake the lead for the Phillies 3-2. Chase Utley then flied out to left to retire the side. The Mets went in order in the bottom of the second. Neither team scored in the next three innings and the Phillies did not get a run in the top of the sixth.
Lagares started off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and Murphy followed with a single to left. Wright then skied a pop-up to right that fell in past a diving Marlon Byrd, scoring Lagares to tie the game at 3-3 and allowing Wright to move to second. Curtis Granderson struck out swinging, but Chris Young drew a walk to load the bases. That would end Kyle Kendrick’s night. Lefty reliever Jacob Diekman entered the game for the Phillies. Eric Campbell was called to pinch-hit for the ailing first baseman Lucas Duda who missed Friday’s game due to the stomach flu. Campbell then hit a sacrifice fly scoring Murphy, to give the Mets the lead at 4-3. Wright advanced to third on the play. Shortstop Wilmer Flores then hit a pop up in foul ground, which Chase Utley caught to end the inning. Kendrick’s final line was 5 1/3 innings pitched, allowing four runs on four hits, walking two batters while striking out four.
In a somewhat controversial decision lefty reliever Scott Rice entered the game for the Mets in the top of the seventh. Dillon Gee had allowed 3 runs on six hits in six innings but had only thrown 81 pitches, when he normally averages 105-110 pitches. Ben Revere started the inning by grounding out to shortstop. Jimmy Rollins then reached on an infield single to second, and advanced on a wild pitch from Rice. Utley then doubled to deep center scoring Rollins as the Phillies re-tied the game at 4-4. Utley was then picked off by Rice trying to steal third. Ryan Howard followed with a single to right. Jeurys Familia relieved Rice and struck out Marlon Byrd swinging to retire the side. Both teams failed to score in their next turns at bat.
Mike Adams came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth in relief of Jacob Diekman. David Wright led off with a single to right and Granderson followed with his own single to right field. Chris Young then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third. After Eric Campbell was thrown an intentional ball one, Adams then struck Campbell out looking. Wilmer Flores then walked to load the bases. Outfielder Bobby Abreu was then called to pinch-hit for catcher Travis d’Arnaud. Abreu then grounded back to Adams to end the Mets rally.
Kyle Farnsworth entered the ninth inning in relief of Carlos Torres who pitched a scoreless eighth for the Mets, and Anthony Recker came in to catch. Outfielder Tony Gwyn Jr. pinch-hit for Adams to start the inning and was thrown out by David Wright at first on a failed bunt attempt. Ben Revere then struck out swinging for the second out. Jimmy Rollins then walked, and Chase Utley singled to right, moving Rollins to third. Ryan Howard then singled to center scoring Rollins to retake the lead at 5-4. John Mayberry Jr. then pinch-ran for the slow-footed Howard. Marlon Byrd then grounded in to a fielder’s choice at shortstop and Mayberry Jr. was forced out at second to retire the side.
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon entered to pitch the bottom of the ninth, while Gwyn Jr. stayed in the game at center, and Mayberry Jr. stayed in at first. Anthony Recker struck out swinging to start the bottom half of the inning, and Juan Lagares flied to right for the second out. Daniel Murphy then walked and then immediately stole second base. David Wright popped up in foul ground; Mayberry Jr. caught the ball to end the game. Mike Adams picked up the win for the Phillies improving his record to 2-1 on the season while Kyle Farnsworth dropped to 0-3 as Papelbon notched his eleventh save of the season.
The Mets try to avoid their second straight sweep tomorrow when lefty ace Jonathon Niese takes on his Phillies counterpart Cole Hamels.
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