Instant Replay: Mets 14, Phillies 4

Instant Replay: Mets 14, Phillies 4


The Phillies absorbed an ugly, one-sided pounding in losing 14-4 to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.

The Mets bruised Phillies pitching for 20 hits, 14 of which were for extra bases -- seven homers and seven doubles.

Yoenis Cespedes homered three times for the Mets, who have hit 46 homers in their last 21 games in Philadelphia. The Mets have won 28 of 40 games against the Phillies since the start of the 2015 season.

Phillies starting pitcher Clay Buchholz was tagged for six runs in his second start with the club. He exited in the third inning with a right forearm strain and will likely end up on the 10-day disabled list.

The Phillies are 3-5.

The Mets are 5-3.

Starting pitching report
Buchholz was ineffective for the second time in as many starts with his new club. He gave up eight hits and six runs before leaving with the arm injury in the third inning.

Buchholz's next turn in the rotation comes up Tuesday in New York. The Phils have several pitchers at Triple A who could fill that spot, including Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson, both of whom pitched in the majors last season. Eflin pitched five shutout innings for Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night. The Phils have been cautious with him because he had double knee surgery in the fall. Nick Pivetta and Ben Lively are also on the 40-man roster.

Hard-throwing Matt Harvey improved to 7-2 lifetime against the Phillies. He gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings, walked one and struck out six. He exited with tightness in his right hamstring.

Bullpen report
Adam Morgan was forced into early work when Buchholz left. The lefty was tagged for four homers in 3 2/3 innings. Morgan was optioned to Triple A immediately after the game.

At the plate
Maikel Franco smacked a solo homer for the Phillies.

Cespedes had a double in addition to his three homers. Lucas Duda had a pair of homers and Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud also went deep for the Mets. Duda's first homer traveled 448 feet over the batter's eye in center.

On bat flips, etc.
Manager Pete Mackanin expressed his dislike of bat flips before the game. A bat flip from last season was at the root of some tension between the Phils and Mets on Monday night. Mackanin also addressed that.

Up next
The series concludes on Wednesday night with Vince Velasquez (0-1, 9.00) pitching against Mets right-hander Zach Wheeler (0-1, 11.25). The Phils are off on Thursday. They open a three-game series in Washington on Friday.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.

Best of MLB: Trout's 16th home run guides Angels past Marlins

Best of MLB: Trout's 16th home run guides Angels past Marlins

MIAMI -- Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 16th homer, and the Los Angeles Angels reached the .500 mark for the 12th time this season by beating Miami 5-2 Saturday.

Trout's first-inning homer into the beer garden in left field was estimated at 443 feet, which pleased a fair portion of the crowd at Marlins Park.

"Hate Fish Love Trout," read a sign held by an Angels fans.

J.C. Ramirez (5-3) limited Miami to an unearned run in seven innings and benefited from excellent defense. Bud Norris, who tweaked his right knee and left Friday's game after throwing only three pitches, gave up a homer to Marcell Ozuna in the ninth (see full recap).

Strasburg K's career-high 15, Nats down Padres 3-0
WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg dominated San Diego with a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing three hits over seven innings as the Washington Nationals beat the Padres 3-0 on Saturday.

Strasburg (6-1) singled and scored Washington's first run on Bryce Harper's RBI grounder in the third inning. Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run homer for the second consecutive game.

San Diego's lineup offered little resistance against Strasburg the day after Max Scherzer dominated the Padres with 13 strikeouts in Washington's 5-1 win.

Strasburg struck out the side in the third and sixth and had at least two in the first six innings.

The right-hander previously struck out 14 batters twice including his Major League debut on June 8, 2010. He set a personal best by setting down Franchy Cordero in the seventh (see full recap).

Yankees held hitless into 6th by Cotton, but beat A's 3-2
NEW YORK -- Oakland rookie Jharel Cotton held the Yankees hitless until Matt Holliday launched a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning that sent resurgent CC Sabathia and New York to a 3-2 victory Saturday.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was in the right spot for a pair of key catches to boost the AL East leaders, who won with just two hits.

Sabathia (5-2) has won three straight starts for the first time since April 2013. The 36-year-old lefty pitched into the seventh and struck out nine.

Dellin Betances escaped a second-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth, an inning that included the ejections of A's hitter Jed Lowrie and manager Bob Melvin for arguing strike three calls. Betances closed for his fifth save.

Cotton (3-5) was promoted from Triple-A Nashville before the game. He began the season in the Athletics' rotation but was sent down to the minors May 11 to refine his game (see full recap).

Bautista hits 3-run HR, Blue Jays beat Rangers 3-1
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer that backed Marco Estrada, and the Toronto Blue Bays beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Saturday and matched their longest winning streak this season at five.

Shin-soo Choo homered into the center-field party deck on the first pitch of the game from Marco Estrada, but Bautista hit a two-out drive in the fifth, his eighth home run in May after one in April.

Estrada (4-2) allowed four hits in six innings to win for the third time in four starts. Aaron Loup got one out in the seventh, Ryan Tepera finished the inning and Joe Smith worked the eighth. Roberto Osuna threw a perfect ninth for his ninth save, completing a six-hitter.

Darvish (5-3) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. He had been 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA in six starts since losing April 18 at Oakland. Texas has lost five in a row for the first time this year (see full recap).