After Brett Myers’ wildness contributed to 3 Met runs and after centerfielder Shane Victorino and rightfielder Geoff Jenkins hit back-to-back second inning solo shots and, with the game tied 3-3 in the sixth inning, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes belted a 1 out, 3 run homer off of reliever Ryan Madson to put the Mets in the lead. John Maine pitched 7 fine innings, 2 Met relievers held off the Phillies in the eighth and closer Billy Wagner sealed the 6-3 win in the ninth.
It appeared that Myers picked up where he left off before being sent down, i.e. wildness, lack of pitch command. After retiring Reyes on an infield grounder to open the game, he walked the next 4 hitters as the Mets scored their 1st run. Then leftfielder Marlon Anderson grounded out driving in the 2nd run. Myers got 2nd baseman Damon Easley to ground out to retire the side.
After the Phils knotted the score in the second inning against Maine on Victorino’s and Jenkins’ back-to-back homers, Myers got the next 3 Mets’ hitters on grounders, having gotten the 1st 6 outs of the game on infield groundballs.
Myers opened the third inning by getting rightfielder Endy Chavez on yet another grounder as Phils 2nd baseman Chase Utley got a lot of defensive exercise during the 1st three innings. After getting the 1st out, Myers ran into trouble again. A walk, a hit batsman and a single loaded the bases. Myers struck out Anderson, but Easley followed with an infield single between 2nd and 3rd which shortstop Jimmy Rollins got to but had no play, driving in the Mets’ 3rd run and giving them the lead.
Myers retired 6 of the next 7 Mets he faced, the last 5 in a row, in the fourth and fifth innings before Charley Manuel made a pitching change to start the sixth inning. The righthander threw 95 pitches, 61 were fastballs, however, only 27 were strikes. He gave up 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 5 and striking out 2.
Meanwhile, the Phils tied the score at 3-3 in the fifth inning as catcher Carlos Ruiz opened with a single to right and advanced to 2nd base as Myers’ laied down a sacrifice bunt to 1st base. Rollins followed with a line double in the gap in right centerfield scoring Ruiz. But then Maine got Utley to pop out to 3rd and struck out leftfielder Pat Burrell leaving Rollins stranded on 2nd.
Myers complained upon being pulled after 5 innings. MLB.com’s Keven Horan noted;
The right-hander pointed to his retiring the Mets in order in the fifth inning as evidence that he should stay on the mound.
But Manuel brought out reliever Ryan Madson who gave up consecutive singles to open the sixth inning before striking out Maine for 1st out. Then Reyes pounded a Madson change-up way out to rightfield and the Mets took a 6-3 lead and were never touched thereafter. Madson was charged with the loss.
Winning pitcher Maine left after seven innings having tossed 104 pitches giving 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 2 and stiking out 5. Two relievers got the Phils out in the eighth as only 1 Phil reached on a walk. Closer Billy Wagner, his left shoulder strapped and with his spasms apparently subsided, clsoed the door on the Phils on to ground outs and a fly to center. For Wagner, it was his 25th save of the season.
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The Phillies then have a brief 3 game series at home against Atlanta before hitting the road again.
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