Instant Replay: Mets 5, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Mets 5, Phillies 0

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NEW YORK -- Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese wrecked the Phillies with his arm and his bat in a 5-0 victory on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Niese spun a three-hit shutout, allowing just one base runner to get to second base.

Meanwhile, the Phillies’ modest two-game winning streak came to an end with the defeat. At 60-72, the Phillies are tied for third place with the Mets in the NL East.

Starting pitching report
The regression of Kyle Kendrick continued on Tuesday night, no thanks to an error and bases on balls. Kendrick allowed five runs on five hits and four walks in six innings, though only one of those runs was earned and two of those walks were intentional.

Still, Kendrick has allowed four or more runs in eight of the last 11 starts and has a 6.10 ERA during that span in which the opposition is batting .344 off him.

Niese continued to school the Phillies on Tuesday night, picking up where he left off in his July 3 start at Citi Field. In that one, Niese held the Phillies to one run on three hits in eight innings in an 11-1 win.

In15 career starts against the Phillies, Niese is 6-6 with a 3.13 ERA.

Bullpen report
Zach Miner faced four hitters in a scoreless seventh before turning it over to Justin De Fratus for a 1-2-3 eighth.

At the plate
Michael Young was the big slugger for the Phillies, rapping out a pair of hits, including a double to lead off the eighth.

The Mets scored four runs in the sixth. All of the runs were unearned because of a throwing error by Kevin Frandsen when trying to get the lead runner on a grounder by Ike Davis. An intentional walk to Juan Lagares loaded the bases before Travis d’Arnaud drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.

With two outs, Kendrick intentionally walked the No. 8 hitter, Omar Quintanilla to bring up the pitcher Niese, who ripped the eighth pitch of his at-bat into the gap in left-center to clear the bases.

It was Niese’s first extra-base hit since 2011 and the three RBIs equaled his career-best for a season with four.

Big deal
Before the game the Mets announced that they had traded former Phillie Marlon Byrd along with catcher John Buck to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets received 19-year-old second base prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named in the trade.

Both Buck and Byrd will be free agents at the end of the season.

Up next
The four-game series continues on Wednesday night when Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.62) takes on Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 9.00). Hamels has faced the Mets three times this season, posting a 1-2 record with a 4.76 ERA. He last faced the Mets on July 20, going five innings and allowing four runs on seven hits in a 5-4 loss.

Matsuzaka will be making his second start of the season for the Mets and just his 20th in the big leagues since 2010. He has faced the Phillies twice, the last time on May 22, 2010 at Citizens Bank Park where Matsuzaka came four outs away from a no-hitter. Juan Castro’s single with two outs in the eighth inning was the Phils’ only hit that day.

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick experienced a painful rehab start on Thursday night.

Rehabbing with Triple A Lehigh Valley, Kendrick was hit by a pitch twice before being removed after the sixth inning of the IronPigs' 8-4 loss to Indianapolis at Coca-Cola Park.

Both times Kendrick was plunked in the upper left arm, according to Tom Housenick of the Morning Call.

There was no update on if Kendrick was injured or taken out for precautionary reasons. Thursday marked Kendrick's second rehab start as he recovers from an oblique strain that has sidelined him since April 15.

The Phillies' leftfielder started at third base Thursday. At the beginning of his rehab assignment, Kendrick was expected to play four games and see time at third and first base, as well as in left field.

Kendrick made a throwing error at third on Thursday and finished 0 for 1 with a run scored. In his two games, he's 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Kendrick hit .333 with four doubles, a triple and five RBIs in 10 games with the Phillies prior to landing on the DL.

When he returns, he could see time at third base instead of left field if Maikel Franco continues to struggle (see story).

Best of MLB: Solo homers power Cubs to win over Giants

Best of MLB: Solo homers power Cubs to win over Giants

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist hit solo homers, spot starter Eddie Butler pitched five effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Thursday for their third straight win.

Mike Montgomery followed with four scoreless innings and allowed one hit in his first save.

Heyward went deep for the second time in three games and Zobrist added two singles as the Cubs took three of four games in a set with the Giants and finished a homestand at 7-2 (see full recap).

Cruz blast helps Mariners top Nationals
WASHINGTON -- Nelson Cruz greeted reliever Jacob Turner with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.

Gio Gonzalez took a 2-0 lead into the sixth, when Jean Segura singled leading off and Guillermo Heredia took a called third strike. That prompted Seattle manager Scott Servais to complain from the dugout, which led to his ejection by plate umpire Adam Hamari.

Robinson Cano singled, and Washington manager Dusty Baker brought in Turner (2-3), despite Cruz having just one hit in 15 at-bats against Gonzalez. Cruz drove a belt-high slider over the fence in left-center for his 12th homer this season and a 3-2 lead. Cruz leads the AL with 40 RBIs.

Cano added an RBI single off Turner in the seventh. Seattle scored multiple runs for the first time since May 18 (see full recap).

Andriese, Rasmus help Rays blank Angels
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Andriese allowed six hits over eight innings, Colby Rasmus drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays salvaged a split of a four-game series with Los Angeles by beating the Angels 4-0 on Thursday.

Andriese (5-1) improved to 4-0 over his last five starts, holding the Angels to 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Los Angeles threatened in five innings against the right-hander.

Rasmus had a pair of key two-out hits with the bases loaded: a two-run single in the first and a fifth-inning double that made it 4-0.

Tommy Hunter got three outs to complete a six-hitter (see full recap).