NEW YORK—The Mets did something Friday night that they had not done in the previous 23 innings—score a run. Although they finally scored, the frustrations at the plate continued as the Mets went 1-11 with runners in scoring position as they dropped the series opener to the Philadelphia Phillies (16-18) 3-2 in 11 innings. The marathon game lasted 4 hours and 39 minutes.
Jenrry Mejia got the start and labored through 4 2/3 innings. He didn’t pitch poorly, per se, allowing only two runs on six hits after getting battered for six and eight runs in his last two starts before last night. Mejia threw 101 pitches on the night and has yet to fully prove that he has the mental and physical capacity to pitch deep into ballgames.
Curtis Granderson opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a one-out, RBI double to deep center field. The next batter, Chris Young, was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with one out. Josh Satin struck out and newly promoted Wilmer Flores flew out to center to strand two runners. All told, the Mets left 15 runners on base.
The Phillies opened their account on Mejia in the third behind an RBI single by Dominic Brown to tie the game. Brown struck again in the fifth with another RBI single to give the Phillies 2-1 lead and knock Mejia out of the game.
The Mets bullpen pitched wonderfully in relief of Mejia. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jeurys Familia, Scott Rice and Kyle Farnsworth combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Dice-K walked three and Familia walked one in in 1 1/3 innings.
The Mets tied things up in the eighth inning. After Ruben Tejada lined out and Juan Lagares struck out, Daniel Murphy walked. David Wright then sent an RBI double to left field to score Murphy from first base and tie the game at 2.
Wright’s RBI double would ultimately be the last run the Mets scored. They were burned by a former player, Marlon Byrd, whose RBI double in the top of the 11th would ultimately prove the game winner.
The Mets and Phillies will try to continue their three-game series tonight at 7:10 p.m.. Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.51), who will look to continue his scoreless streak currently at 16 innings, starts for the Mets. He will counter righty Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 3.58) for Philadelphia.
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