National League Game Summary - Philadelphia at New York|
(Thursday, July 5th)
Final Score: New York 6, Philadelphia 5
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - David Wright homered and knocked in four runs,
including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, as
the New York Mets edged the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, in the rubber match of
a three-game set at Citi Field.
Scott Hairston also hit a home run for New York, which won for the sixth time
in eight games.
Bobby Parnell (2-1) tossed a perfect top of the ninth to earn the win in
relief of starter R.A. Dickey, who allowed five runs on a career-high tying 11
hits and a walk over seven innings. Dickey also struck out seven and stretched
his unbeaten streak to 14 straight starts.
"It's kind of been our mantra from the beginning," Dickey said about the Mets
battling to the last out. "We're going to fight you, we're not going to give
up. We're not going to lay down."
Jonathan Papelbon (2-3) gave up a pair of runs on three hits and a walk in his
second blown save of the season for the Phillies, who have dropped seven of
their last eight.
Cole Hamels surrendered four runs on seven hits and a walk in a seven-inning
start, while Jimmy Rollins had three hits, two RBI and a run scored in defeat.
Wright's two-run home run in the fifth inning gave New York its first lead of
the game, but Philadelphia answered with two runs in the sixth to go back on
Hamels started the rally with a one-out single and rounded the bases on
Rollins' triple into the right-field corner. Juan Pierre followed with a
squeeze bunt to plate Rollins and give the Phillies a 5-4 advantage.
Philadelphia failed to add an insurance run in the eighth inning when Mike
Fontenot was throw out at the plate by Hairston on Chase Utley's pinch-hit
single to left field, and New York capitalized in the bottom of the ninth
Ike Davis opened the frame with a double to left-center field and pinch-runner
Ronny Cedeno quickly moved to third on Josh Thole's sacrifice bunt. Papelbon
fanned Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the second out of the inning, but then hit Jordany
Valdespin with a 3-2 pitch and walked Ruben Tejada to load the bases.
Daniel Murphy followed with a grounder up the middle that Papelbon kicked
toward the first-base line with his left foot and then fell down as he
fielded it and Cedeno crossed the plate to tie the game.
One pitch later, Wright blooped an inside fastball to shallow right field just
in front of Hunter Pence, allowing Valdespin to cruise home for the deciding
"The way I look at it, this one's on me," said Papelbon. "This one's on my
shoulders and when I take them on my shoulders, I take it pretty serious."
The Phillies took the early lead in their first at-bat after Pierre reached
first on a fielder's choice, advanced to second when Carlos Ruiz was hit by a
pitch and crossed the plate on Shane Victorino's two-out single to center
Philadelphia added to its lead in the second inning following Placido
Polanco's leadoff single and Hamels' one-out bunt single. Rollins then pulled
a double to right field to bring home Polanco and place runners on second and
third, but Dickey induced a pair of infield fly outs by Pierre and Pence to
end the inning and keep it a 2-0 game.
Hairston's leadoff blast over the left-center field wall in the home second
got New York on the board.
After the Phillies squandered Ruiz's leadoff double in the third inning, the
Mets tied the game in the bottom half of the frame when Dickey reached first
on a base hit to left and came home on a pair of two-out singles by Murphy and
Hairston followed with a walk to load the bases, but Lucas Duda grounded out
to first to end the inning and keep the score tied at two.
The tie was shortlived, however, as Fontenot opened the fourth with a base
hit, moved to second on Rollins' bloop single to right and crossed the plate
on Pence's grounder up the middle.
It was the first game in the majors this season that featured a pair of
starting pitchers with double-digit wins...Pence extended his hit streak to 10
games...Dickey has not suffered a loss since April 18 against Atlanta, which
is his lone loss of the season...Philadelphia hit 4 -for-13 with runners in
scoring position and left nine men on base...The Mets went 3-for-5 with
runners in scoring position and stranded seven...Phillies first baseman Ryan
Howard, who has been sidelined all season while recovering from a torn
Achilles tendon, is likely to be activated off the disabled list Friday night.
07/06 00:57:27 ET