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Monday, August 11, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Phillies 3

By Adam Rubin

PHILADELPHIA -- Backup catcher Anthony Recker's hits have been infrequent, but meaningful.

Recker snapped an 0-for-19 drought with a tiebreaking three-run homer against right-handed reliever Justin De Fratus in the seventh and the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-3, on Monday afternoon.

The Mets (57-62) won three of four games in the wraparound series. They went 8-2 at Citizens Bank Park this season. With one series remaining (Aug. 29-31 in Queens), the Mets are 10-3 against Philadelphia in 2014.

With Jenrry Mejia (back/calf/hernia) getting a day off, Jeurys Familia handled the final four outs. He surrendered a two-out, pinch-hit RBI double to Chase Utley in the ninth before recording the final out. (It originally was ruled a homer before being revised after a replay review.) Familia picked up his third save of the season and fourth of his career.

Recker’s last hit came July 13. Still, eight of his 11 career homers -- including three of four this year -- have either tied the score or provided a lead. He is batting .187 this season.

The Mets had entered the seventh trailing 2-1, and with only three hits against Phillies rookie right-hander David Buchanan.

Buchanan walked Juan Lagares to open the frame, then surrendered a game-tying double to Matt den Dekker (1-for-3, walk) in the right-center gap.

Jonathon Niese (6-8) likely would have been out of the game had the No. 8 hitter Recker not delivered the shot to cap the four-run frame. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was waiting on deck to hit for the southpaw until the homer.

Instead, Niese handled the seventh and snapped a four-game personal losing streak. He last had earned a victory on June 28 at Pittsburgh. His final line: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP.

Daniel Murphy led off the fourth with a double and David Wright followed with an RBI single to open the game’s scoring. Niese, staked to the 1-0 lead, walked Carlos Ruiz and surrendered a two-run homer to Darin Ruf in the bottom half as the Phillies took the lead.

Run at your own risk: Lagares notched his fourth outfield assist. He threw out Domonic Brown attempting to score from second base on Ben Revere's single to end the seventh and preserve a three-run lead. Lagares produced a franchise-rookie-record 15 outfield assists last season.

What’s next: The Mets return home to face the Washington Nationals. Although not yet announced, Rafael Montero is expected to be promoted for Tuesday’s start in place of Jacob deGrom. Montero (0-2, 5.40 ERA) would oppose right-hander Doug Fister (11-3, 2.49) at 7:10 p.m.