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Ike Davis delivered an opposite field, RBI double in the tenth to drive in David Wright with the eventual game-winning run.
After Davis’ double, the Mets tacked on three more runs on a Lucas Duda RBI single and a towering two-run bomb by Kelly Shoppach.
Wright picked up two RBI, one on a first inning single, the other on a fifth inning sacrifice fly. He was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Chris Young lasted just 4.1 innings and allowed five runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out two and did not factor into the decision.
Mike Baxter slugged his first home run of the year, a two-run shot off Vance Worley in the fourth.
Daniel Murphy collected three hits in five trips.
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Brian ErniIt felt borderline strange to see a team that struggled to mightily to score runs on their six-game homestand to explode offensively, especially in the manner they did in the tenth. It was certainly nice to see. Davis contributed a great piece of hitting, driving the ball to the left centerfield gap. He also provided an interesting moment when he ran through Tim Teufel’s stop sign to score on Duda’s single. And Shoppach’s homer, an absolute moon shot to left, put the capper on what turned out to be a very good night.
The outlook didn’t always look promising tonight, as Young just didn’t have it early. After three straight singles put the Mets on top in the first, Young allowed the first three Philadelphia batters to reach base, then surrendered a grand slam to Ryan Howard. Afterwards, Young looked as though he may have settled down, despite having to work around some base runners. But in the fifth, Chase Utley homered to break a 4-4 tie, and Young found himself the participant of an early shower. He threw 89 pitches over his 4.1 innings of work. I have to wonder at what point Young continuing to go out there this year has reached a point of diminishing returns. Considering he’s coming off capsule surgery, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to shut him down soon. And with Colin McHugh’s impressive first start fresh in the organization’s mind, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Young’s work load diminish as we make the turn towards September.
Murphy showed no ill effects of the inflammation in his right shoulder that forced him out of the game on Sunday. Murph’s swing was quick and compact en route to his three hit night. The one lowlight on his night was when he was charged with an error for dropping a foul ball and prolonging Jimmy Rollins’ at bat in the second. It was his 12th error of the season, though it had a minimal impact since Rollins flew out two pitches later.
Here’s something I don’t get to type very often: the Mets bullpen was great tonight. After Terry had to go to them early, the pen allowed just two hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. Robert Carson, Ramon Ramirez, Josh Edgin, Jon Rauch, and Bobby Parnell can all take a bow. This was probably the best collective effort from the bullpen all season.
The Mets will continue their three-game set at Citizen’s Bank Park tomorrow evening. Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75 ERA) will go to the hill against Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99 ERA). Game time is 7:05 PM.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra