The Mets handed the playoff-bound Phillies their eighth straight loss and picked up their third straight win, a 6-3 victory and a delightful double-header sweep at Citi Field. Dillon Gee turned in a typical Dillon Gee performance: ate some innings, gave up a bunch of hits, didn't strike out too many but also kept the free passes in check. All told, it was a perfectly cromulent outing from a fifth starter.
Beating the Phillies is always delicious, even when their postseason ticket has already been punched and the Mets are playing for pride or valour or whatever it is you play for when you're a team like the 2011 Mets and the sun is setting on the regular season.
The Phillies got on the board first, plating a pair of runs in the top of the second on a Ross Gload double and singles from Brian Schneider, Wilson Valdez, and Jimmy Rollins. Gload's second double of the game an inning later chased home Hunter Pence to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead.
Jason Pridie led off the bottom of the third with a single to right, but two outs later the Mets had only managed to replace Pridie at first with Ruben Tejada. Two-out rally? Uh huh.
A Justin Turner walk moved Tejada to second and Willie Harris sent a would-be inning-ending fly ball to Pence in right, who misplayed it into a three-base error while T&T scurried home to cut the Phillies' lead to 3-2. David Wright drew a grission-less walk, but Nick Evans came through with an RBI double to knot the game at three and Josh Thole wrapped up the two-out hit parade with a two-run single to put the Mets ahead, 5-3.
The Mets tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth to run the score to 6-3 and the pitching staff did the rest, keeping the Phillies off the board — and largely off the basepaths — for the remainder of the tilt.
These two teams wrap up their season series on Sunday when Mike Pelfrey takes on Roy Halladay.