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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Philadelphia, PA (Aug 25) – The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon. Mike Pelfrey started and pitched well and the bullpen held it together. The offense did a good job in this one also for the Mets. David Wright and Nick Evans had big games.
Pelfrey pitched six innings giving up nine hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out two. Tim Byrdak gave up a hit and an unearned run in 1/3 of an inning; he also struck out a batter. Manny Acosta pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up two hits, he struck out two, and Bobby Parnell picked up his first save of the season pitching a scoreless inning with two walks and two strikeouts.
Angel Pagan had a hit, a walk, Ruben Tejada had a hit and a walk, and Wright had three hits and two RBI. Lucas Duda had a hit and an RBI, Jason Bay had a walk and Evans had three hits and four RBI. Josh Thole had a walk, Justin Turner had a walk and Pelfrey had a hit. Ronny Paulino had a walk and Willie Harris had a hit. Evans and Duda each had a double and Evans and Wright each had a homerun. Pelfrey had a sacrifice and Wright had a sacrifice fly. The Mets were 3-14 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.
The Mets scored four runs in the first inning. Duda grounded into a force out which scored a run and Evans hit a three run homerun. The Phillies scored three runs in the second inning to make it a 4-3 game. Shane Victorino had a two run single and Chase Utley had an RBI single. In the third inning Wright hit a solo homerun to make it 5-3. In the fourth inning, Wright hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-3 Mets. In the fifth inning Evans hit an RBI double to make it a 7-3 game. The Phillies would score a fourth and final run of the game in the seventh inning. Hunter Pence hit an RBI single.
The Mets salvaged the last game of this three game series. The Mets desperately needed a win as they have been struggling over the last three weeks and saw their once surprising season start slipping away. The Mets are 61-68 on the season and are 23 games behind the Phillies in the loss column. Pelfrey threw a career high 125 pitches. Jon Niese was placed on the disabled list earlier in the day and they are going to have a doubleheader early next week.
The Mets will have an off day on Thursday then begin a three game set at home against Atlanta followed by a three game set against the Marlins.