The New York Mets took advantage of an uncharacteristically wild Cole Hamels and laid a 6-1 beating on the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
The start of the game was delayed one hour, 28 minutes and most of it was played in the rain, which may have contributed to Hamels’ control issues.
Mets lefty Jonathon Niese, meanwhile, had no problems with the miserable weather conditions. He did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the fourth inning.
The Mets have won seven of their last nine games. They are 15-11.
The Phillies are 13-13.
Starting pitching report
Hamels lasted just 4 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits and six runs. He walked five and hit a batter. Two of the walks and the hit batsman eventually became runs. One of Hamels’ walks was to the opposing pitcher with the bases loaded.
Most of Hamels’ control problems came in the fourth and fifth innings when he threw 68 of his 106 pitches.
Hamels is 0-2 in two starts. He has 99 wins for his career. The lefty is 7-14 with a 4.65 ERA in 27 career starts against the Mets.
Niese went seven innings and allowed just four hits and a run. He walked one and struck out five.
Roberto Hernandez was called upon to get the final out in the top of the fifth inning when Hamels couldn’t. Hernandez will work out of the bullpen for the next few days as the Phillies don’t need a fifth starter for a week.
Mario Hollands pitched two scoreless innings for the Phillies. Jeff Manship and Shawn Camp both pitched a scoreless inning.
Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jose Valverde closed it out for the Mets.
At the plate
Marlon Byrd homered with two outs in the fourth for the Phillies’ first hit and only run.
Ryan Howard singled and doubled for two of the Phillies’ five hits.
Ruben Tejada doubled and scored a run in the third inning and he singled home two runs in the fifth. Daniel Murphy was 3 for 3 against Hamels.
The teams close out the quick two-game series on Wednesday night. Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52) and Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50) are the pitchers.