Result: The Mets bounced back from a disappointing loss Sunday to beat the Phillies, 5-3, on Monday afternoon.
Need to know: Jon Niese got the start, and despite some recent struggles, kept the Phillies quiet for most of the game. Niese pitched seven innings and gave up five hits and two earned runs, with his only blemish being a two-run home run by Darin Ruf in the fourth inning. David Wright got the Mets on the board in the top of the fourth with an RBI single, which scored David Murphy after the second baseman led off the inning with a double. Down by a run in the seventh after Ruf’s long ball, the Mets rallied for four runs, tying the game on an RBI double from recent call-up Matt den Dekker. Later in the frame, Anthony Recker gave the Mets the lead with a three-run homer to left field. Recker’s blast proved to be the difference in the game.
Game ball: Recker, who hit his first home run since July 6 in the 5-3 win.
Links: Box Score
Up next: The Mets open up a three-game series against the Nationals at Citi Field. With Jacob deGrom sidelined, the Mets will turn to right-hander Rafael Montero (0-2, 5.40) as Washington’s Doug Fister (11-3, 2.49) will start for the Nationals.