Daniel Murphy had four hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs in the Mets' 11-3 win over the Phillies Thursday. (AP)
NEW YORK — The bullpen ran into some trouble in the middle innings as the Phillies dropped an 11-3 decision to the Mets at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon.
Relievers Cesar Jimenez and Justin De Fratus were charged with seven runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings as the Mets earned a split of a four-game series with the Phillies.
The loss sends the Phillies to 61-73 and puts them in a virtual tie with the Mets for third place in the NL East.
Starting pitching report
Rookie right-hander Ethan Martin bounced back from his last start where he lasted just two-thirds of an inning, by getting nine strikeouts in just four innings.
Martin became just the ninth starting pitcher since 1916 to get nine strikeouts in four innings or less and the second Phillie to do it this season. Roy Halladay got nine strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings on April 3.
Mets’ starter Carlos Perez earned his third win of the season by holding the Phillies to one run on four hits and zero walks. Perez struck out six.
Lefty Cesar Jimenez pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed three runs. It was the first time Jimenez allowed a run in his first nine appearances for the Phillies. Justin De Fratus struggled in his one inning, allowing four runs when he walked in one and allowed a bases-loaded triple to Eric Young Jr.
J.C. Ramirez notched the last four outs for the Phillies’ ‘pen, allowing a run on a solo homer to Andrew Brown.
At the plate
The Phillies scored a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Darin Ruf and a long, two-run homer from Roger Bernadina in the eighth. Otherwise, the team picked up just seven hits with Dom Brown collecting two in his first start since Saturday. He had been recovering from some Achilles pain.
The Phillies stranded three runners and went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.
For the Mets, Daniel Murphy recorded his 10th career four-hit game and had a pair of RBIs. Young had a three-hit game, scored two runs and had three RBIs, while Anthony Recker belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
After exiting Wednesday night’s game in the seventh inning with a hamstring strain, rookie Cody Asche passed running tests. However, Asche felt some soreness in his hamstring and was not in the starting lineup for Thursday afternoon’s game. He is day to day.
Before the game the Phillies announced that Joe Savery was activated from the 15-day disabled list and then optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies head to Chicago for a three-game series in Ryne Sandberg’s return to Wrigley Field. Here are the pitching matchups for the series:
Friday: Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81) vs. Jeff Samardzaija (8-11, 4.03)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07) vs. Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64)
Sunday: Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 4.40) vs. Jake Arrieta (1-1, 4.50)