The Philadelphia Phillies kicked off their final home series of the season Friday night against the NL East rival New York Mets. Cole Hamels and Daisuke Matsuzaka squared off, and Matsuzaka ended up on top. Cole Hamels was hit around in 7 innings of work, giving up 6 runs and 10 hits. Daniel Murphy and David Wright had big nights at the plate for the Mets, while Darin Ruf and Cole Hamels drove in the runs for the Phillies.
Wright, Murphy and the Mets wasted no time getting started tonight, as Wright connected on his 17th home run of the year off of Hamels in the first inning, following a Daniel Murphy RBI. The Mets would plate runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to take a commanding 5-0 lead. The Phillies came back in their half of the fourth to score all their runs on the night and climb back into the game. Darin Ruf picked up a double despite a throwing error by Eric Young, which allowed three Phillies to score on the play. Cole Hamels added a groundout RBI to cut the Mets' lead to 5-4.
The Mets tacked on another run seventh inning, as Josh Satin brought home Daniel Murphy on a fielder's choice. This is all the scoring they would need, as Pedro Feliciano would come in to shut the Phillies down in the 8th, with LaTroy Hawkins closing out the game for his 11th save of the season.
The Phillies picked up just 5 hits on the night, with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cody Asche, Darin Ruf, and Domonic Brown all picking up hits. Matsuzaka and the Mets' bullpen were quite effective this evening, silencing the Philadelphia bats.
Matsuzaka lasted 6 innings, allowed 4 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), 3 walks, and struck out 6. He bested Cole Hamels tonight, who over 7 innings allowed 10 hits, 6 earned runs, zero walks, and struck out 8. Hamels had his "stuff" tonight, but was not locating pitches quite where he wanted them to be, giving the Mets a chance to hit him around.
The Phillies are two games in front of the Mets after tonight's loss, which drops them to 71-82. The Mets move to 69-84 with the win. This grueling 2013 season which has given fans little mercy has just 9 games remaining. For now, tomorrow's game features Dillon Gee and Tyler Cloyd taking the hill at 7:05.
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