New York-The New York Mets looked to build on their momentum from last night's starter, Jon Niese, tonight. Niese had tossed a shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Mets turned to Daisuke Matsuzaka to try and build on that effort. Matsuzaka, who got shelled by the Detroit Tigers in his last start, did not fare much better in his second appearance as a Met. Dice-K gave up another four runs in 4.1 innings pitched as the Phillies defeated the Mets 6-2.
The Mets grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Ike Davis delivered an RBI single off of Phillies' starter Cole Hamels. Eric Young Jr came around to score on Davis' 30th RBI of the season. That lead did not last too long, however, as Matsuzaka gave up an RBI double to Jimmy Rollins in the top of the fourth to tie the game at one. Things did not get much better for Matsuzaka (0-2, 8.68 ERA) in the fifth, when he loaded the bases with one out before plunking John Mayberry Jr to force home a run to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. Cole Hamels followed with a two run single to plate Michael Young and Cody Asche to knock Dice-K out of the game and stretch the Phillies lead to 4-1. Matsuzaka gave up four runs in 4.1 innings pitched on six hits while walking four and striking out five. All in all, it was another poor performance for the newest member of the Mets' rotation.
The Phils tacked on another run in the top of the sixth, when Robert Carson did what Robert Carson does best. Carson surrendered a home run to Phillies' catcher Carlos Ruiz to push the Phillies' lead out to 5-1. That lead would be plenty for Hamels (6-13, 3.58 ERA), who allowed only two runs in seven innings on nine hits while striking out eight Mets' batters. Hamels' strong outing helped the Phils claim their second win of the series.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game award goes to Phillies' starter Cole Hamels. Hamels not only threw seven innings of two run ball to pick up his sixth victory of the season, but he also contributed a critical two run single in the fifth inning.
Post Game Notes:
- Ruiz, Young, and Chase Utley picked up two hits each for the Phillies.
- Justin Turner contributed two hits for the Mets.
- The Mets have now lost seven of their last ten games.
The Mets and Phillies will wrap up their four game set tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm at Citi Field. Carlos Torres (2-2, 2.96 ERA) and Ethan Martin (2-2, 6.33 ERA) will be the starting pitchers.
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