Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Phillies 1


PHILADELPHIA -- True New Yorkers will relish this: The Mets are four games over .500 for the first time since July 14, 2012.

After an 88-minute delay at the start, the Mets scored six runs against a wild Cole Hamels, and Jonathon Niese limited the Phillies to four hits in seven innings en route to a 6-1 win on a rainy Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Mets improved to 15-11. They are 14-5 in Philly since the start of the 2012 season.

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Jon Niese limited Philadelphia to one run in seven innings.

Niese’s final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with an RBI. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games and extended his streak of consecutive successful steals to 28, within five of matching Kevin McReynolds for the franchise record.

Hamels fell to 7-14 with a 4.65 ERA in his career against the Mets. That is his most losses against any club. The ERA is his highest against any current National League member, although all of Hamels’ 10 starts against the Houston Astros (4.90) came before they moved to the American League.

Hamels departed after Ruben Tejada’s two-out, two-run single in the fifth staked the Mets to a 6-1 lead. The southpaw surrendered eight hits and five walks.

Four of the walks came in the fourth inning, including a bases-loaded free pass to Niese that forced in a run as the Mets took a 3-0 lead.

Josh Satin, who entered the game with a .125 average, perhaps imperiling his big-league roster spot, contributed an RBI single earlier in the fourth.

Murphy actually was thrown out on the basepaths, but it was not considered a caught stealing. When a pitch from Hamels bounced away from catcher Carlos Ruiz in the third, Murphy broke for second and was thrown out. That was considered a fielder’s choice.

Ex-Met Marlon Byrd gave Philadelphia its first hit with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, on a solo homer to left field against Niese.

What’s next: Weather-permitting, the Mets send Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50 ERA) to the mound at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Colon opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52).