For the third game in a row, nine innings weren’t enough to decide a winner between the Phillies and Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Sunday’s epic lasted just 11 innings and was played in a crisp three hours, 29 minutes.
And for the second day in a row, the Mets prevailed, taking the fourth game of the series, 4-3. This time it was a two-run homer from Lucas Duda in the 11th off call-up Phillippe Aumont to provide the winning runs.
The victory gives the Mets three of the first four games of the series and keeps the Phillies (24-30) in last place in the NL East.
Starting pitching report
Cole Hamels again had his work cut out for him against the Mets. With 125 pitches through seven innings, Hamels allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and four walks (three intentional). Hamels struck out eight, threw 20 first-pitch strikes and belted a single to the wall in right in the fifth inning.
Lefty Jon Niese needed just 91 pitches to get through eight innings. In his third start against the Phillies this season, Niese allowed two runs on a homer, with eight hits, a walk and six strikeouts.
Fresh from a trip down the PA Turnpike (see story), lefty Cesar Jimenez pitched a scoreless eighth inning. He had a streak of 15 scoreless innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley going when he was called up on Sunday morning.
Working in his third straight game and fourth in the last five days, Jonathan Papelbon tossed a perfect ninth inning. Justin De Fratus followed with a perfect 10th.
Also called up on Sunday, Aumont allowed a two-out walk before serving up the homer to Duda on a 1-0 pitch. The outing was Aumont’s first big-league appearance this year.
At the plate
Ryan Howard clubbed his 11th homer of the season in the fourth to give the Phillies a brief, one-run lead. Howard has homered in three of the last five games, including the last two. He also has 14 RBIs over the last seven games.
Carlos Ruiz had a pair of hits and Marlon Byrd hit a solo homer in the 11th.
Jimmy Rollins continued his march toward the Phillies’ all-time hits record with one more knock. Rollins needs 10 more hits to pass Mike Schmidt’s record of 2,234.
Hamels’ eight strikeouts pushed him past Curt Schilling for fourth-most strikeouts in Phillies history. With 1,561 whiffs, Hamels is just 24 behind Chris Short for third in the franchise record books.
The Phillies and Mets wrap up the epic five-game series on Monday night when Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76) takes on veteran righty Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73).
Hernandez has faced the Mets three times this season, with two appearances in relief. In six innings Hernandez has allowed a run on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
Colon is 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA in five career starts against the Phillies. He last faced the Phillies in 2008 as a member of the Red Sox.