Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Phillies 4
September, 20, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Welcome back, David Wright.
In his first at-bat since suffering a strained right hamstring on Aug. 2, the captain produced an opposite-field two-run homer in a three-run first inning against Cole Hamels. The Mets held on to win the series opener 6-4 at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.
With his 221st career long ball, Wright passed Mike Piazza for second on the Mets’ all-time homer list. He now trails only Darryl Strawberry, who had 252 with the ballclub.
Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesDavid Wright homered against Cole Hamels in the captain's first at-bat since Aug. 2.
The rest of the top 10: Howard Johnson, 192; Dave Kingman, 154; Carlos Beltran, 149; Todd Hundley, 124; Kevin McReynolds, 122; Edgardo Alfonzo, 120; and Ed Kranepool, 118.
Wright has a flair for dramatics in Philly after injury-related absences. Last season, returning to the lineup with a broken pinkie after sitting four days, Wright also homered in his first at-bat, against Vance Worley.
Wright now has 18 homers in Philly, the most by a visiting player in the 10-year history of Citizens Bank Park. That homer total matches Wright’s 18 at Atlanta’s Turner Field for his career high in a road ballpark.
He finished Friday’s game 2-for-5.
Dice play: Staked to a 5-0 lead, Daisuke Matsuzaka surrendered four fourth-inning runs, albeit two unearned, courtesy of an error by left fielder Eric Young Jr. and a botched rundown.
His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.
The play that ended Matsuzaka’s outing: With the Mets leading 5-4, Cody Asche was thrown out for the final out of the sixth inning trying to stretch a double to right field into a triple.
The Mets produced six runs on 10 hits in seven innings against Hamels.
Milestone looms: LaTroy Hawkins produced his 99th career save.
What’s next: Dillon Gee (11-10, 3.47 ERA) opposes right-hander Tyler Cloyd (2-5, 5.06) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.