Tonight’s game had the makings of a blowout after four innings of play, but the home team was not about to go down without a fight. The Phillies used a four-run fourth inning to take a 10-0 lead at that point. The Mets would go on to score four unearned runs in the fifth inning and attempt a comeback. Those 10 early runs were thankfully enough for the Phillies’ (70-85) bullpen as they helped the team hold on for a 10-8 victory over the Mets (82-73).
The entire Phillies lineup chipped in during the team’s five-run top of the first inning. Maikel Franco stayed hot as he homered for the third time in as many days, this one a three-run bomb to deep left center field. Phillies starting pitcher Alec Asher later chipped in with a two-RBI single to help his own cause, extending the Phillies’ lead to 5-0 before he even took the mound. Tommy Joseph extended the Phils’ lead in the top of the second with an RBI groundout that made it 6-0. Joseph started the Phillies’ scoring parade in the fourth inning as well. Joseph plated Herrera for the second time tonight, this time on an RBI single to left that made it a 7-0 game. The next batter, Darin Ruf, hit his second homer in as many days, this one a three-run shot to right center that gave the Phils a double-digit lead. Ruf has made the most of his second opportunity this September, and was the Phils’ top hitter again tonight, going 3 for 5 with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs scored.
The Mets staged a solid rally in tonight’s game, but most of the runs scored came home unearned. All four of the runs the Mets would go on to score in the bottom of the fifth inning were result of an error by Franco. Mets rookie shortstop Gavin Cecchini, who didn’t even start the game, was the big hitter for his team at the plate. Cecchini went 2 for 3 with two doubles, two RBIs, and a run scored. Jay Bruce also chipped in with a solo home run, his 30 of the season, in the ninth inning of tonight’s contest.
Phillies starter Asher turned in another solid outing, and is making a case for himself to possibly make the rotation out of training camp next year. Asher turned in five solid outing for the Phils tonight, allowing no earned runs. Asher allowed four unearned runs, all coming in the fifth inning, on five hits and no walks while picking up his second win of the year. Asher now improves to 2-0 on the year with a 1.66 ERA after tonight’s win. Phillies reliever Michael Mariot served up a solo homer to Bruce in the ninth inning, but held on to pick up his second save of the season. Mariot received the ninth inning role in tonight’s game in place of Jeanmar Gomez, who has struggled considerably in the month of September.
Mets starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin failed to make it out of the first inning, and he suffered his first loss of the season tonight. Gilmartin allowed five runs on four hits and three walks in just two-third of an inning. Gilmartin now falls to 0-1 on the season with a 7.13 ERA after tonight’s loss.
The Phillies and Mets will conclude their four game weekend series tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field. Phillies starter Jake Thompson (3-5, 5.62 ERA) will take the mound in what could be his last start of the season against Mets rookie Robert Gsellman (2-2, 3.13 ERA). Thompson and the Phillies will be looking to earn a series split the Mets after dropping the first two games of this series, and they’ll do that with a win tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 p.m.
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Tyler King covers the Phillies for PHLSportsNation.com. He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter (@t_king26).