Cliff Lee’s first win of the year came in his 14th start. Yesterday the Phils finally ended their six-game losing streak, beating the Mets 9-2 to even the series at a game each.
Things progressed just about as expected through the first six innings yesterday in New York. The Phils found themselves down 2-0 going into the seventh when the bats suddenly came alive. Utley hit a two-run shot to tie the game and Ruiz followed that up with a solo homer. The Phils scored three more in the eighth and three again in a ninth inning that featured a two-run shot from Wigginton.
The Phillies had scored a total of seven runs in their previous four games. It is the first time in 2012 they won a game in which Utley had appeared — they’re now 1-5 in games in which Utley has played.
The Phillies are 37-46 on the year after beating the New York Mets 9-2 last night. The teams have split the first two games of the series. The Phillies are in last place in the NL East, 12 games out of first place.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a walk. He struck out nine.
He struck out two in a 1-2-3 first.
Ike Davis singled with two outs in the second, but Lee got Andres Torres on a fly ball to right to leave Davis at first.
Ruben Tejada doubled to center with two outs in the third. Lee got Daniel Murphy on a ground ball he handled himself for the third out.
With one out in the fourth, Scott Hairston hit an 0-2 pitch out to left, putting the Mets up 1-0. Lucas Duda followed with a single, but Lee struck out Davis and Torres to end the inning.
Tejada and Murphy singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth, putting runners on the corners for David Wright. Wright singled to right, scoring Tejada to make it 2-0 with Murphy moving up to third. Hairston flew to center to leave the runners stranded.
Lee walked Duda to start the sixth, but got the next three hitters behind him.
Up 3-2 and likely in shock, Lee set the Mets down in order in the seventh.
Up 6-2, he struck out Wright and Duda in a 1-2-3 eighth.
Papelbon set the Mets down in order in the ninth with the Phils up 9-2.
First appearance for Papelbon since June 26. He threw nine pitches in the game.
The Phillies lineup against righty Chris Young went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Pence (6) Victorino (7) Polanco (8) Mayberry. Utley starts games in back-to-back days for the second time on the year. Pierre in left against the righty. Mayberry at first with Wigginton on the bench.
The Phillies went in order in the first, second and third.
Pierre singled to left with one out in the fourth, stole second and moved up to third when Utley flew to center for the second out. Ruiz flew to right to leave him at third.
Down 1-0, Pence singled to start the fifth. Victorino fouled out to third and Polanco hit into a double-play.
Down 2-0, the Phils went in order in the sixth.
Pierre led off the seventh with a single to right and Utley hit a 1-0 pitch out to right behind him, tying the game at 2-2. Ruiz was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch out to left, putting the Phils up 3-2. Pence, Victorino and Polanco went in order behind Ruiz.
Second home run of the year for the Utley and the second time in which Ruiz has homered in the next at-bat. They went back-to-back in the first inning on June 27 against the Pirates as well.
Mayberry singled off of righty Miguel Batista to start the eighth. Lefty Tim Byrdak came in to pitch to Lee and Lee bunted Mayberry to second with the first out. Rollins doubled to center and Mayberry scored. 4-2. Wigginton hit for Pierre and the lefty walked him intentionally, putting two men on for Utley. Utley flew to center for the second out. Righty Jeremy Hefner came in to pitch to Ruiz and Ruiz singled to right, scoring Rollins (5-2) and moving Wigginton to second. Pence was next and hit a ground ball to short that Tejada didn’t handle. The ball rolled away from the shortstop and Wigginton scored to make it 6-2 with Ruiz moving up to second. Victorino grounded to third to end the frame.
Polanco led off the ninth with a single and was forced at second for the first out when Mayberry grounded to third. Pridie hit for Lee and moved Mayberry to third with a single to left. Rollins grounded to second with Pridie forced at second for the second out as Mayberry scored (7-2). It brought Wigginton to the plate with Rollins at first and Wigginton hit a 1-0 pitch out to left to extend the lead to 9-2. Utley grounded to second to end the frame.
Third home run of the game for the Phils on a 1-0 count. Pridie’s first hit with the Phillies.
Rollins was 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the game. He’s 2-for-his-last-24.
Pierre had a great game, going 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored. Did his very best to make a run on his own in the fourth inning and scored on Utley’s homer in the seventh. Twenty stolen bases on the year and been caught stealing just three times. He’s 4-for-his-last-7. One walk in his last 49 plate appearances.
Utley 1-for-5 with a two-run homer. 6-for-22 on the year with a walk and two homers.
Ruiz 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. He has four home runs in his last 30 plate appearances.
Pence 2-for-4 with an RBI. 405/479/738 over his last 48 plate appearances.
Victorino was 0-for-4 and left three men on base. 1-for-12 to start July. 226/293/310 against right-handed pitching for the season.
Polanco 1-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-15. 298/351/411 at home for the year and 242/281/288 on the road.
Mayberry 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. 3-for-his-last-30 with three singles and 11 strikeouts.
Hamels (10-4, 3.08) faces righty RA Dickey (12-1, 2.15) tonight. Hamels threw to a 4.20 ERA in six June starts. Dickey hasn’t allowed any earned runs in six of the last seven games he has started.