PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ In their latest comeback win, the New York
Mets got some help from the opposition.
Lucas Duda had a tiebreaking, two-out RBI single in the seventh
and the New York took advantage of Philadelphia’s defensive
blunder, beating the Phillies 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Duda and David Wright had two hits and two RBIs each to help the
Mets win their fourth straight and get their 10th come-from-behind
victory this season.
“We’ve been doing it for the past couple of weeks,” Duda said.
“Luckily the ball found some spots. The team battled, that’s what
we want to do all season.”
Hunter Pence homered for the Phillies, who have lost four of
The Mets took the lead in the seventh with four two-out runs on
four hits, including Duda’s single to right off Antonio Bastardo
(1-2) that drove in Wright with the go-ahead run.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ RBI single to right scored Jordany Valdespin
and pulled New York to 4-2. Chad Qualls replaced starter Joe
Blanton and gave up a single to right by Wright that drove in
Andres Torres. Pence’s throw home wasn’t cut off by first baseman
John Mayberry Jr. and Wright got caught in a rundown between first
and second base.
However, after Rollins threw to first while second base was
uncovered, second baseman Pete Orr tried to get Nieuwenhuis off the
bag at third, but his throw bounced past third baseman Placido
Polanco, allowing Nieuwenhuis to score and Wright to reach third.
“It was a good job by Wright to keep in the rundown,” Mets
manager Terry Collins said. “That was one of those things that
went our way tonight.”
Said Orr: “It should’ve been a better throw.”
Duda followed with his tiebreaking hit.
The Mets added two runs in the ninth on Nieuwenhuis’s sacrifice
fly and Duda’s single.
Manny Acosta (1-2) didn’t allow a run or hit in two-thirds of an
inning in the sixth in relief of starter Miguel Batista. Jon Rauch
got the last three outs in his first save opportunity of the
The strange turn of events in the seventh spoiled a decent
outing by Blanton, who entered the inning having allowed one run on
three hits. He was charged with four runs and five hits in 6 2-3
innings, striking out seven and walking three.
“(Wright) stayed in a rundown good,” Blanton said. “Sometimes
it’s a matter of a play here or a play there that makes the whole
difference in the game and I feel like that was the situation
The play was symbolic of the Phillies’ early-season struggles.
Playing all season without injured All-Stars Chase Utley (knee) and
Ryan Howard (Achilles), Philadelphia fell three games below .500.
“We’re kind of spinning our wheels,” Philadelphia manager
Charlie Manuel said. “The teams that we’re playing at times they
try to give us a game but then we act like we don’t want to take
it, and we make mistakes and give it right back to them when we
have a lead.”
Batista, making his second start of the season for the Mets,
gave up four runs _ two earned _ and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Batista was taking the spot in the rotation vacated by Mike
Pelfrey, who had season-ending Tommy John surgery last week.
Pence gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first with a two-run
homer, a 414-foot drive to left-center.
Philadelphia, helped by two Mets errors, scored twice more in
the second. Mayberry led off and reached second on a throwing error
by shortstop Valdespin. Orr singled home Mayberry and Shane
Victorino doubled to left-center to score Orr.
The Mets got on the board in the fourth. Nieuwenhuis started the
inning with New York’s first hit off Blanton, a double to
right-center, and scored on Daniel Murphy’s one-out single to left.
The Phillies got a runner to third with one out in the eighth on
Placido Polanco’s single and two wild pitches by Ramon Ramirez, but
Ramirez struck out Orr. Tim Byrdak replaced Ramirez and got
pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton to fly out to center.
NOTES: The Mets placed C Josh Thole on the seven-day DL with a
concussion, and called up catcher Rob Johnson from Triple-A
Buffalo. … Philadelphia LHP Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.96), out for the
last three weeks with a strained oblique, is scheduled to start
Wednesday night’s game against New York righty Dillon Gee (2-2,
4.50). . The Phillies’ crowd of 43,821 was the club’s 216th
straight regular-season sellout and 232nd counting postseason play.
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