Jon Niese labored through five-plus innings against the Phillies, allowing 4 runs while struggling to hit the strike zone. He struck out 7, but 3 of the 5 batters he walked can around to score. Thanks to a pair of two-run home runs by Vinny Rottino and Scott Hairston, however, the game was tied by the end of the sixth. Bobby Parnell allowed a run in a long seventh inning, and the Mets weren't able to answer, and Manny Acosta gave up a three-run bomb in the ninth to really put the game out of reach.
We knew it was over when...
Acosta entered with the Mets down a run in the 9th. He has been atrocious this year.
Justin Turner left the game after suffering a gruesome ankle injury on an inning-ending pickle in the third, and David Wright played short for the remainder of the game. The Mets will need someone to come up to play short tomorrow.
Nice job by CTRefJay; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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