Saturday, September 21, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Phillies 4
By Adam Rubin
PHILADELPHIA -- David Wright and Daniel Murphy produced solo homers and the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4, Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park in a game called because of rain in the top of the seventh inning.
The Mets (70-84) pulled within a game of Philadelphia (71-83) for third place in the NL East.
From the obscure stat department: The Mets have won their past five rain-shortened games.
Wright has homered in two straight games since returning from a strained right hamstring, which sidelined him for seven weeks. His fourth-inning homer evened the score at 1.
Terry Collins said he plans to give Wright off on Sunday.
Wright now has 19 career homers at Citizens Bank Park. That is the most of any visitor in the ballpark’s 10-year history. The homer total now is also the most for Wright in any road ballpark. He has 18 at Atlanta’s Turner Field.
Murphy broke a 1-all tie in the sixth by also going deep against Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd. Murphy now has 12 homers, matching his career high, set in 2009.
The Mets eventually posted four runs in the sixth to take a 5-1 lead, with Juan Lagares adding a two-run triple and Travis d’Arnaud producing a run-scoring double.
The Phillies pulled within a run by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth against Dillon Gee.
Gee technically was credited with his third career complete game. Two of the three have been rain-shortened.
The first run charged to Gee in the game was controversial.
Lagares nearly recorded outfield assist No. 13, which would have moved him past Tsuyoshi Shinjo for the franchise rookie record. Despite replays suggesting otherwise, plate umpire Mark Ripperger instead ruled Domonic Brown safe for a sacrifice fly in the second inning on Lagares’ strong throw from center field.
What’s next: Carlos Torres (3-5, 3.39 ERA) opposes left-hander Cliff Lee (14-6, 2.95) in Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. series finale. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar is due to make his major league debut.