Philadelphia Phillies (60-71) at New York Mets (58-71), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.51)
New York - Jonathon Niese (5-6, 4.03)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Kyle Kendrick can provide himself a late
birthday present on Tuesday night when the Philadelphia Phillies visit the New
York Mets for the second test of a four-game series at Citi Field.
Kendrick, who turned 29 on Monday, is winless in three starts since an Aug. 6
defeat of the Chicago Cubs in which he pitched six innings and allowed four
earned runs in a 9-8 triumph.
He's gone 0-2 in three outings since, allowing a combined 12 runs on 12 hits
in 15 1/3 innings while falling to Washington and the Los Angeles Dodgers and
getting a no-decision against Colorado.
The Phillies were blanked, 6-0 and 5-0, in the two losses.
He last faced the Mets on July 19 at Citi Field and was a 13-8 winner in spite
of being nicked for six runs on nine hits in just 5 2/3 innings.
Lifetime against New York, he's 8-7 in 21 appearances.
For the Mets, lefty Jonathon Niese can continue a four-game unbeaten string
since his last loss.
The Ohio native was dealt a 5-2 loss by the Chicago Cubs on June 15 at home,
but is 2-0 with a pair of no-decisions in four outings since - in which he's
allowed just nine runs in 22 1/3 innings.
He picked up wins at Arizona and San Diego and no-decisions at Atlanta and
home with the Braves while lowering his earned run average a bit from 4.15
Niese is 5-6 in 14 career starts against the Phillies.
On Monday, Cliff Lee pitched eight solid innings and Cody Asche hit a two-run
triple as the Phillies took a 2-1 win.
Lee (11-6) gave up just one run on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts
to win for the first time since July 5 against Atlanta. Michael Young had two
hits and scored once, while Darin Ruf also scored for the Phillies, who have
won seven of their past nine games.
Zack Wheeler (6-3) was the hard-luck loser as he worked 6 2/3 innings and gave
up just two runs and five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
Andrew Brown drove in the lone run of the game for the Mets, who have dropped
The Phillies won seven of the first 12 games with the Mets in 2013, though New
York won two of three at Citi Field from July 19-21.