After a frustrating loss yesterday, the Mets came back this afternoon and beat the Phillies 5-3 to finish their road trip with a 4-3 record. Jon Niese pitched well, if not impeccably. His only big mistake came in the bottom of the fourth, when, with one out and a runner on first, Phillies left fielder Darin Ruf smacked a two-run homer to straightaway center that put the home team on top 2-1. Although Niese had a few minor hiccups after that, those were the only runs he allowed, and he struck out six through seven innings of work.
Other than a David Wright RBI single in the fourth, Phillies starter David Buchanan held the Mets in check until the seventh inning. In that frame, Buchanan issued a leadoff walk to Juan Lagares, who Matt den Dekker then drove in with a double to tie the game. Ryne Sandberg then brought in Justin De Fratus to relieve Buchanan, and De Fratus gave up a single to Wilmer Flores that put runners on first and third for Anthony Recker. The back-up catcher then smacked a three-run homer to left to put the Mets on top 5-2.
With two outs in the ninth, the Phillies got a run on a Chase Utley pinch hit double, but Ben Revere then popped out to center to end it and allow the Mets to leave Philadelphia on a positive note.
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