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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Phillies 8, Mets 2

By Adam Rubin

WHAT IT MEANS: Ike Davis delivered a two-run homer in the first inning against Cole Hamels, but the Phillies rallied for seven runs against the Mets’ bullpen and avoided getting swept by the Mets at Citizens Bank Park for the first time since June 13-16, 2006.

In the seventh, Ramon Ramirez surrendered a game-tying sacrifice fly to ex-Met Ty Wigginton, then an RBI double to Laynce Nix that Scott Hairston could not reach in the left-field corner. The Phillies ultimately won, 8-2, Sunday afternoon. Jimmy Rollins, who scored on Wigginton’s sacrifice fly, had reached on a fly ball that dropped in front of range-challenged right fielder Lucas Duda.

Davis, who produced hits in each of his first two at-bats, entered the game 2-for-28 to start the season. He last had homered May 6, 2011 against the Los Angeles’ Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda, four days before suffering the season-ending ankle injury in the collision with David Wright in Denver.

Wright scored on Davis’ long ball and went 2-for-4. He is now hitting .571 (12-for-21). The Mets suffered their first loss in six games with Wright in the lineup.

Hamels tossed six scoreless frames after the two-run first. He struck out 10 and improved to 4-10 lifetime against the Mets. Hamels also had one of the three double-digit strikeout performances against the Mets last season. Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum had the others.

Ruben Tejada had three of those strikeouts and also committed an eighth-inning error Sunday afternoon. That error led to five unearned runs as Manny Acosta walked Hunter Pence with the bases loaded and two out in the eighth, then Wigginton delivered a three-run double against Miguel Batista. The final damage came when Wigginton scored from second base on a John Mayberry Jr. trickler up the first-base line that actually was foul until Batista let it roll back fair before picking up.

The Mets had limited the Phillies to three runs through the first 24 innings of the series.

IT’S A START: Mike Pelfrey limited the Phillies to one run in six innings, although it was a tightrope performance. Staked to 2-0 lead, Pelfrey surrendered singles to each of the first three batters he faced. He limited the damage to one run in the first inning by retiring Carlos Ruiz on a bases-loaded grounder to first base. Catcher Mike Nickeas halted another threat in the fourth by throwing out Juan Pierre at third base on the front end of a double-steal for the inning’s final out.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets head to Atlanta to face the Braves, whom they swept in New York to open the season. Dillon Gee (0-1, 5.06 ERA) opposes right-hander Tommy Hanson (1-1, 2.70) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener.