National League Game Summary - New York at Philadelphia|
(Tuesday, May 8th)
Final Score: New York 7, Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis both drove
in two runs to help the New York Mets rally past the Philadelphia Phillies,
7-4, in the middle test of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
David Wright and Daniel Murphy also knocked in a run for New York, which has
won four in a row on the heels of a four-game losing streak.
"We got down early and they just stayed with it. (They) didn't try to do too
much and just tried to put the ball in play and make things happen," Mets
manager Terry Collins said.
Hunter Pence clubbed a two-run homer for the Phillies, who have dropped four
of five to fall to 14-17.
Manager Charlie Manuel thinks his team is trying too hard to force things to
"First of all, I think we're tight. I think we try too hard and I think that's
why we swing at pitches out of the zone," said Manuel. "When you have to do
something, that's how you feel -- you have to do it. We'll be OK if we just
The Mets scored seven unanswered runs after Philadelphia scored a pair in each
of the first two innings against starter Miguel Batista.
Phillies starter Joe Blanton gave up an RBI single to Murphy in the fourth,
and New York surged ahead with a four-run seventh.
Blanton issued a leadoff walk to Jordany Valdespin, but retired the next two
batters before consecutive singles by Andres Torres and Nieuwenhuis plated
Chad Qualls (1-1) replaced Blanton and Wright greeted him with a run-scoring
single to right field. Wright got caught in a rundown between first and second
when Pence missed the cutoff man with the throw. As the play continued, second
baseman Pete Orr made an errant throw to third that enabled Nieuwenhuis to
score the tying run.
Another pitching change followed and Duda singled home the go-ahead run off
The Phillies put the tying run on base in the eighth as Placido Polanco
reached on an infield single and advanced to third on two wild pitches by
Ramon Ramirez. Orr went down swinging for the second out and pinch-hitter Ty
Wigginton flied out to center to end the inning.
New York added two runs in the ninth on a Nieuwenhuis sacrifice fly and an RBI
single by Duda.
Pence's first-inning blast staked the Phillies to an early lead. They extended
their advantage in the second on an RBI single by Orr, who came around
to score on a double by Shane Victorino.
Batista gave up four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits in 5 1/3
innings...Manny Acosta (1-2) recorded the final two outs in the sixth to pick
up the win...Blanton allowed four runs on five hits, walked three and struck
out seven...Victorino has hit in 16 straight games against the Mets...Before
the game, the Mets placed catcher Josh Thole on the seven-day disabled list
with a concussion and selected the contract of catcher Rob Johnson from
Triple-A Buffalo. Thole was injured during a home plate collision with
Wigginton in the eighth inning Monday. To make room for Johnson on the 40-man
roster, the Mets transferred pitcher Pedro Beato to the 60-day DL.
05/09 03:09:27 ET