Saturday, May 31, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Phillies 6, Mets 5 (14)
By Adam Rubin
PHILADELPHIA -- Better late than ... oh, never mind.
Jenrry Mejia surrendered a walk-off single to Reid Brignac that plated Marlon Byrd as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets, 6-5, in 14 innings on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Byrd had reached on a two-base error by Chris Young, who dropped a routine fly ball to right field to open the inning.
Mets manager Terry Collins used Jacob deGrom as a pinch hitter in the top of the 14th and had Anthony Recker in the bullpen next to pitch after Mejia. DeGrom struck out to fall to 4-for-6 in his major league career.
The game lasted five hours, 23 minutes.
The Mets had a six-game Philly winning streak snapped, one shy of matching the franchise record set in 1969-70 at Connie Mack Stadium.
Growing pains: Rafael Montero lasted only 3⅔ innings in his fourth major league start. The 23-year-old rookie surrendered a three-run homer to Domonic Brown that staked Philadelphia to a 4-3 lead in the fourth. Montero departed later in the inning with runners on the corners. He was bailed out of further damage when, with Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching, David Wright retreated into left field to make a stellar catch on Chase Utley’s flare.
Montero’s line: 3⅔ IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. He threw 80 pitches (45 strikes). His ERA rose to 5.40.
Montero has allowed at least one home run in each of his first four major league appearances. The only other pitchers in franchise history to do so? Jack Fisher surrendered homers in his first five career games in 1964. Don Schulze allowed homers in each of his first four appearances in 1987.
40-something: Bobby Abreu went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk. He also notched his 400th career stolen base.
Abreu is 8-for-17 with five walks in his past five starts.
With the score tied at 5, he had a leadoff infield single in the eighth, then stole second with none out. However, Abreu ultimately was stranded at third base when Ruben Tejada grounded out.
The Mets had taken a 5-4 lead in the fifth on Abreu’s two-out, two-run double against A.J. Burnett. The Phillies, however, evened the score in the bottom half when Brown picked up his fourth RBI of the game, on a run-scoring groundout against Matsuzaka.
Three of the five runs the Mets scored against Burnett reached on walks, including Abreu in a three-run second inning.
Abreu, despite a solid game, struck out to strand three baserunners in the top of the ninth. The Mets are now hitless in their past 13 at-bats with the bases loaded.
Inside Edge: Josh Edgin breezed through the lefties in the Phillies' lineup, retiring all four batters he faced spanning the sixth and seven innings. Jeurys Familia enjoyed similar dominance, following with 1⅔ scoreless innings to send the game to the ninth tied at 5. Carlos Torres contributed 2⅔ scoreless innings. Vic Black tossed two scoreless innings.
What’s next: DeGrom (0-2, 1.83 ERA) -- still bidding for his first major league win after Jose Valverde failed to hold a lead in the rookie’s last start -- opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04) on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. Kendrick snapped a streak of 16 straight winless starts in his last outing. He tossed 6⅔ scoreless innings in a 9-0 win against the Colorado Rockies.