By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz came through with a
tying homer in the seventh inning, Jimmy Rollins added a three-run
shot and the Philadelphia Phillies busted loose late to beat the
New York Mets 10-6 Wednesday night.
Shane Victorino drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly
in the eighth and Philadelphia bailed out winless Cliff Lee to take
two of three in the series. Ty Wigginton also homered for the
Phillies, who improved to 3-6 against the Mets this season.
Lucas Duda went deep twice, including a two-run shot off Lee in
the sixth to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Dillon Gee pitched 6 2-3
effective innings, but the New York bullpen was battered after he
Rollins hit a long drive into the top deck in right off Ramon
Ramirez in the ninth for his second homer of the season. Wigginton
had an RBI double and Victorino a two-run single to cap a six-run
inning that made it 10-3.
Wigginton, a former Met, finished the series with two homers and
Juan Pierre singled off Jon Rauch (3-4) to open the eighth and
went to third on Hunter Pence’s single. One out later, Pierre
scored on Victorino’s liner to center.
Antonio Bastardo (2-1) and Jose Contreras each worked a
scoreless inning after Lee was called back for Ruiz with
Philadelphia trailing by two.
Lee entered with only eight walks in 51 innings this season, but
issued a pair of free passes in the first. Daniel Murphy drew the
first one and scored from first base on David Wright’s double off
the center-field fence, running through a late stop sign from third
base coach Tim Teufel and barely beating the relay to the plate.
Wigginton, batting cleanup for the fifth time this season,
homered leading off the second.
The score stayed tied at 1 until the sixth, when Scott Hairston
doubled and Duda sent a drive to right-center. It was the first
homer by a left-handed hitter off Lee since Pittsburgh’s Pedro
Alvarez connected on July 30 last year.
Looking to win his third straight start, Gee pitched out of a
jam in the sixth and retired his first two batters in the seventh.
But ex-Met Brian Schneider doubled over the head of Andres Torres,
who took a false step in deep center, and Gee was pulled after 110
Bobby Parnell came in to face Ruiz, out of the starting lineup
for the third straight game because of a sore right hamstring.
Batting for Lee, the catcher drove a 1-1 pitch to left for his
eighth home run.
Ruiz rounded the bases enthusiastically to calls of
“Chooooch!” from Philadelphia fans in the crowd of 30,064. Boos
soon followed for Parnell after he got out of the inning.
Lee, hurt by poor run support all year, gave up seven hits and
struck out seven in his eighth start of 2012. Before this, he had
never gone more than three starts into a season without a win. The
2008 AL Cy Young Award winner was on the disabled list from April
19 to May 8 with a left oblique strain.
NOTES: Phillies rookie 2B Freddy Galvis, hitless in his last 10
at-bats, was rested in favor of Mike Fontenot. Galvis walked as a
pinch-hitter to start the ninth and popped out to end it. He has
played in every game this season. … Duda snapped an 0-for-16
slide with a fourth-inning single. … Mets RHP Miguel Batista, on
the disabled list with a lower back strain, was scheduled to make a
rehab start for Double-A Binghamton. … Duda has seven homers this
season and two multihomer games. … Both teams are off Thursday.
The Phillies head home to open a series with Miami on Friday night.
The Mets begin a four-game series with the World Series champion
St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. … The entire draft class of
the New York Giants was on the field before the game. Running back
David Wilson, the team’s first-round pick out of Virginia Tech, did
a backflip in front of the mound and threw out the first pitch. The
left-hander fired low and way wide past Wright, who grew up in
Virginia and is a big Hokies fan.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)