New York-The New York Mets came back home after a moderately successful road trip hoping to continue their run of strong home play. The Mets went 8-2 on their final home stand before the All Star Break, and looked to kick off this home stretch with a bang against the last place Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets (51-55) bats exploded against long time nemesis A.J. Burnett, recording seven runs against him in five innings to beat the Phillies (46-60) 7-1.
The Mets got to work quickly against Burnett in the bottom of the first. After Burnett walked Curtis Granderson to lead off the inning, Daniel Murphy drove him in with an RBI double to get the Mets on the board with a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Lucas Duda drove in Murphy with an RBI single to make it 2-0. After Chris Young flew out for the second out, Travis d'Arnaud doubled to put runners on second and third for Juan Lagares. Lagares busted out of an 0 for 17 slump by doubling to bring in both runners and make it 4-0. The Mets added to their lead in the fifth as Travis d'Arnaud crushed a three run home run to left against Burnett to make it 7-0. That would be all the damage against Burnett (L, 6-10), who gave up seven runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out four in five innings of work.
The Mets didn't have to worry about much on the mound as Bartolo Colon cruised with the early lead. Colon (W, 10-8) tossed 7.2 innings of one run ball while scattering 10 hits and a walk to pick up his 10th win of the year. Colon also struck out six Phillies' batters. The only damage against Colon came in the eighth inning, when a Carlos Ruiz RBI double gave the Phillies their only offense of the night.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' catcher Travis d'Arnaud. d'Arnaud went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a huge three run homer to blow the game wide open in the fifth inning. d'Arnaud drove in three runs and scored twice on the evening, raising his batting average to .232 in the process.
Post Game Notes:
- Duda tied his career high in RBI's with his single in the first inning. Duda now has 57 RBI's on the season, a figure that leads the team.
- The Mets beat A.J. Burnett for the first time since 2005, when he was still a member of the then Florida Marlins.
- Dana Eveland received a scare in the ninth inning when he took a line drive off his elbow and was removed from the game in favor of Vic Black. Eveland had an X-ray after the game that revealed no fracture.
- Former Met Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz got four hits a piece for the Phillies.
The Mets will look to extend their winning streak to three games in a row tomorrow night as they continue their series with the Phillies. Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49 ERA) will look to get back on track for the Mets, while the Phillies will counter with lefty Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72 ERA). First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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