Final Score: Mets 7 Phillies 4

The Mets (17-13) defeated the Phillies (14-17) tonight by a score of 7-4.

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

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  • The Mets trailed 4-0, but rallied to win by three.
  • Miguel Batista threw 5.1 innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out one. He did not factor into the decision.
  • Lucas Duda delivered the eventual game-winning, run-scoring single in the seventh. He was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2 for 3 with a walk, a sac fly, and two RBI.
  • David Wright chipped in two hits and an RBI of his own.
  • Manny Acosta (1-2) earned the win in relief. He, Ramon Ramirez, Tim Byrdak and Jon Rauch (S, 1) combined for 3.2 scoreless innings.

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Brian Erni:┬áBatista put the Mets in a hole in the first, when he surrendered a two out, two-run shot to Hunter Pence. Then, some sloppy defense on the part of Jordany Valdespin and Batista himself, opened the door for two unearned runs in the second. His velocity was strong, as he hit 94 on the gun a few times, but I’m not sure how sustainable this situation is. I think Batista works for an emergency start, but the thing is: filling Mike Pelfrey’s slot in the rotation isn’t a one-off emergency. It’s a every-fifth-day void. I’ll be interested to see if Jeremy Hefner eventually gets a shot.

It looked as though the Mets would fall victim to threats that fizzled out, as they left runners stranded in scoring position in the fourth, fifth, sixth innings. But suddenly, Andres Torres, Nieuwenhuis, Wright and Lucas Duda came through with four straight two-out hits in the seventh to allow New York to storm ahead.

Part of that four-run seventh was a fortuitous turn of events that got the Mets even. Wright singled in a run to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3. Even though it didn’t seem like Pence had a play on Torres at the plate, John Mayberry, Jr. didn’t cut the ball off. Seeing this, Wright scampered towards second. Carlos Ruiz threw down, and David sensed he was caught up, so tried to get in a run down long enough to allow Nieuwenhuis to score from third. As Kirk crept towards home, Pete Orr tried to throw behind him, and sent it directly into left field to bring Niewenhuis home with the tying run.

Credit Acosta with two huge outs to get the Mets through the sixth. Acosta entered with the club trailing 4-1, and runners on second and third and one out. With the game on the edge of getting blown open, he got Joe Blanton to ground out with the infield in, then struck out Jimmy Rollins on a nasty 3-2 pitch to keep the Mets within striking distance.

Finally, Daniel Murphy had a fantastic game defensively. With the Mets clinging to a one-run lead in the eighth, he snared a line drive Mayberry smoked that seemed destined for right centerfield. He also flashed some quick foot work around second, and nearly made a highlight reel play on a Placido Polanco infield single. It seems like Murph is much more comfortable. It’s been great to see.

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W.B. Mason Post Game Extra: