Final Score: Mets 6 Phillies 3

The New York Mets (28-22) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (26-25) tonight by a score of 6-3.

For a complete box score and game recap, check out SNY.TV

The Least You Should Know:

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  • Jeremy Hefner (1-1) threw six innings and allowed three runs on three hits, while striking out four, to notch his first Major League win.
  • Hefner also slugged a home run off Joe Blanton in the fourth for his first Major League hit.
  • Scott Hairston delivered his sixth home run of the year, a pinch hit, two-run shot in the sixth.
  • Omar Quintanilla picked up a single, two doubles and two runs scored in his Mets debut.
  • David Wright snapped a season-long 0 for 14 with an RBI single in the first. He was 1 for 4.
  • The game was delayed by rain for 64 minutes in the middle of the eighth.
  • Frank Francisco (S, 14) locked down his sixth straight save chance.

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Brian Erni: Nice job by Hefner tonight. He worked the strike zone, didn’t issue a walk, and effectively pitched to contact. In fact, he may have been too aggressive when he went after Brian Schneider with two outs in the second and surrendered a solo homer to the former Met with the pitcher Blanton waiting on deck. And if the performance on the mound wasn’t enough, Hefner crushed a belt high fastball into the left field seats for his first hit and home run. That’s a good night.

Hairston continues to rake. Tonight, a rare home run off a right hander gave the Mets some much-welcomed breathing room and knocked Blanton out of the game. It was Hairston’s third straight game with a round tripper. Over his last nine, Hairston is batting .350 (7 for 20) with three homers, nine RBI and five runs score. The injuries that the Mets have sustained in the early part of the season have come with a silver lining: Terry has been able to keep his bench players like Hairston and Mike Baxter sharp, and the regular at bats seem to be helping them excel when they’re called upon.

Welcome to New York, Omar Quintanilla! A career .213 batter coming into tonight, the town’s new Omar laced doubles in the second and sixth, ¬†as well as a single in the eighth, and came around to score twice. As Quintanilla’s tenure here unfolds, he’ll probably do more of note with his glove than his bat, but the Mets will certain take nights like these as a bonus.

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Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92 ERA) takes the mound in the rubber game of the series tomorrow night. He’ll be opposed by Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82 ERA). Game time is set for 7:10 PM.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra: