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Mets Routed by Nationals, Phillies Gain on Marlins, Mets

       
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While the Phillies had the day off for travelling back to Philadelphia from the West Coast, the Mets managed to get pounded by the cellar-dwelling  Washington Nationals by a 10-4 score in the opener of their 4 game series.   Starter/Reliever Nelson Figeroa got bombed in his second straight outing after 5 previous solid appearances.

The Florida Marlins in turn, were edged by the Cincinnati Reds by an 8-7 score in the opener of a 4 game series as a Florida eighth inning comeback attempt fell one run short.  Three Marlin homers were of no avail.  The Reds added two dingers of their own.

The Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates split a doubleheader netting no change in Atlanta’s 4th place position in the NL East, but gaining a 1/2 game on both Florida and the Phillies.  The Pirates shutout the Braves in the opener by a  5-0 score although Atlanta outhit the Pirates by 8-5 and couldn’t capitalize on 4 Buc errors.  The Braves pounded the Pirates 8-1 on 14 hits in game 2 as winning starter Tim Hudson went 7 innings allowing only 1 run on 2 hits to run his record to 6-2 with Braves bullpen shutting down the Bucs allowing only 3 more hits over the eighth and ninth innings.

For all of the scores, boxscores and recaps on Monday’s games, click here.

The Phils open a 6 game homestand on Tuesday beginning with an important 3 game series against Atlanta who has lost 3 of it’s last 4 games after beginning May by winning 6 straight. The Phils must wake up their offense and get hitterish real fast and in a consistent way in order to rebound from a 3 and 4 roadtrip so as not to fall into a losing funk. After the Braves, the Toronto Blue Jays come to town for 3 games as interleague play begins.  

On Tuesday, two youngsters meet as Kyle Kendrick is opposed by lefthander  Jo-jo Reyes.  On Wednesday Brett Myers hopes to return to form in opposing 42 year old lefthander Tom Glavine.  In Thursday’s final, ace Cole Hamels faces Chuck James in a battle of young lefthanders.

For the scores, boxscores and recaps on Tuesday’s games, click here.

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