Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Mets 2

Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Mets 2
August 28, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Cole Hamels tossed seven innings of two-run ball and also knocked in two runs with a single. (AP)

BOX SCORE

NEW YORK — Cole Hamels delivered on the mound and at the plate as the Phillies bounced back from a shutout loss with a 6-2 victory over the Mets on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Hamels allowed two runs on nine hits over seven innings to improve to 6-13 this season. He also hit a two-run, two-out single with the bases loaded to cap off a three-run fifth inning.

The win lifts the Phillies to 61-72, one full game ahead of the Mets for third place in the NL East. The Phillies also have won eight of their last 11 games.

Starting pitching report
Hamels notched eight strikeouts in his seven innings. He has also pitched at least seven innings in his last seven starts and in 10 of his last 11. In his six starts during August, Hamels is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 45 innings.

August will be Hamels’ first winning month of the season.

For the Mets, right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka grinded out 4 1/3 innings. Pitching at a deliberate pace, Matsuzaka allowed four runs, six hits, four walks and he hit two batters. He needed 82 pitches to get through three innings and threw 110 pitches to 25 hitters.

Bullpen report
B.J. Rosenberg pitched a perfect eighth inning, picking up a strikeout. Lefty Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to finish it.

At the plate
Carlos Ruiz slugged a solo homer in the sixth for his fifth of the season.

The heart of the Phillies’ batting order — Chase Utley, Ruiz and Michael Young — went 6 for 14 with three runs scored. Michael Young had a single and a double for the second straight night.

Justin Turner had two hits, including a double, for the Mets.

Asche out
Third baseman Cody Asche left the game with a strained right hamstring after hitting a single to lead off the seventh inning.

Up next
The Phillies and Mets finish the four-game series on Thursday afternoon when Ethan Martin (2-2, 6.33) takes on right-hander Carlos Torres (2-2, 2.96). Martin goes into the outing looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s start where he lasted just two-thirds of an inning in a game that went 18 innings and lasted more than seven hours.

Torres has never started a game against the Phillies but has appeared in five games as a reliever. In those five games, Torres allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings.

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