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Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Phillies 5

August, 31, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Enjoy last place, Philly!

Anthony Recker produced a tie-breaking three-run homer against A.J. Burnett in the sixth inning Sunday, and the New York Mets held on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 at Citi Field.

The Mets completed the season series with a 13-6 record against the Phillies. That matches the most wins in a season against Philadelphia in franchise history. The Mets went 13-5 against the Phillies in 1970, ’71, ’72 and ’87.

The victory prevented the Mets (64-73) from dropping into last place in the NL East for the first time since June 27.


Kathy Kmonicek/Associated PressAnthony Recker receives congratulations after delivering a tie-breaking three-run homer in the sixth inning.


Recker, whose three-run shot staked the Mets to a 5-2 lead, now has 12 career long balls. Nine of those home runs have tied the score or given his team a lead, including four of five this season.

Jeurys Familia surrendered a solo homer to Domonic Brown in the eighth inning as Philadelphia (62-74) pulled to within 5-4. Dilson Herrera's first career RBI in the bottom half of the inning restored a two-run cushion for Jenrry Mejia, who needed the insurance. Mejia notched his 21st save despite allowing a run in the ninth.

In the seventh, Dana Eveland allowed a runner inherited from starter Dillon Gee to score, but left a pair of Phillies in scoring position by retiring Chase Utley on a pop-out and consecutively striking out Ryan Howard and Grady Sizemore.

Not him again: Gee must have nightmares about Howard, right? Howard’s solo homer in the sixth against Gee evened the score at 2. Earlier, Howard’s RBI double in the fourth opened the game’s scoring -- although Gee left the bases loaded in that frame by coaxing a double-play grounder from Wil Nieves.

Howard is hitting .423 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 26 career at-bats against Gee.

Howard also is the active leader in long balls against the Mets with 41, ahead of a pair of his Phillies teammates -- Utley (33), and No. 3 Jimmy Rollins (30).

Gee entered Sunday’s start with a 6.53 ERA in 13 career appearances (12 starts) against the Phillies. He departed with a 5-2 lead after walking Freddy Galvis to open the seventh. Gee’s final line: 6+ IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR.

Halted! David Wright snapped a career-high 14-game RBI-less drought when his two-out single in the sixth against Burnett plated Matt den Dekker and staked the Mets to a 2-1 lead. Wright’s previous high without an RBI had been 13 straight games in Aug. 2010.

Wright’s hit also gave the Mets seven in the game. That snapped a streak of 10 straight games at Citi Field with six hits or fewer, which had matched the longest home streak in the majors since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Den Dekker’s RBI double had pulled the Mets even at 1.

Three cheers: Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 and also recorded his first career stolen base, although a good throw from the Nieves would have nailed him at third base. It marked the third time Flores produced that career-high three-hit total.

What’s next: The Mets head to Miami for a three-game series. Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44 ERA) opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75) in the 1:10 p.m. opener on Labor Day. Wheeler is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Phillies 3

August, 11, 2014
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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.

Morning Briefing: What next?

August, 11, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA

FIRST PITCH: After a ninth-inning meltdown capped the squandering of a five-run lead, the Mets now need a victory Monday to avoid a split of their four-game series against the last-place Philadelphia Phillies.

Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.41 ERA) opposes right-hander David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39) at 1:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Monday’s news reports:

Jacob deGrom will be examined in New York on Monday and has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field because of shoulder soreness. DeGrom does not believe the issue is serious.


Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsJacob deGrom's shoulder is due to be examined Monday in New York.


Assistant GM John Ricco suggested Carlos Torres could make a spot start if deGrom is only going to miss one rotation turn, with Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard candidates if deGrom’s absence requires a DL stint. However, Terry Collins suggested Torres may be needed in the bullpen on Monday because other relievers have been heavily used.

Montero, who has produced two straight scoreless appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas and already has appeared at the major league level, would appear more likely among the call-up options. Sandy Alderson did not reply to an inquiry from ESPNNewYork.com.

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Journal, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Jenrry Mejia revealed he has a hernia that will require surgery. He hopes to take medication and pitch with the discomfort for the remainder of the season, but it is possible he is shut down before then and undergoes the procedure sooner. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and at MLB.com.

• Mejia failed to hold a one-run lead in the ninth and the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 win against the Mets on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets suffered their 11th walk-off loss of the season. No other team has suffered more than eight, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Zack Wheeler produced a quality start, but expressed disappointment with his high pitch count (112 in six innings). Wilmer Flores' failure to throw out Ben Revere on a two-out grounder in the seventh proved costly. Terry Collins explained several managerial moves afterward, including intentionally walking Chase Utley with the count already full to get to Ryan Howard for the walk-off RBI single.

Read game recaps in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• Read more on Flores in Newsday.

• Pitching coach Dan Warthen tells columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post that John Smoltz offered advice to Wheeler during a June 30-July 2 series in Atlanta, which coincided with the beginning of Wheeler’s current streak of eight straight quality starts. “I do give credit to John for a couple of comments he made to him,” Warthen told Davidoff. “[It] really pumped him up. And he’s been outstanding since.”

Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow inflammation) is due to make a rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Monday. Matsuzaka then should be set to return from the DL.

Jeremy Hefner, who had a forearm issue arise as he returns from Tommy John surgery, is due to be examined in New York.

Bobby Abreu officially has been released by the Mets.

• Logan Verrett notched his 10th win as Vegas beat Albuquerque, 7-5. Steven Matz and Randy Fontanez combined on the shutout as Binghamton blanked Harrisburg, 3-0. Stefan Sabol had a game-tying RBI triple and scored the go-ahead run on Yeixon Ruiz’s single as Savannah beat Augusta, 6-4, in a rain-shortened game. Amed Rosario had a tiebreaking two-run double in Brooklyn’s 5-2 win against Batavia. Read the full minor-league recap here.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear takes note of some unusual Met stability.

BIRTHDAYS: Double-A infielder Wilfredo Tovar turns 23. ... Right-hander John Mitchell was born on this date in 1965.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should Jenrry Mejia shut down his season now and undergo hernia surgery?

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 7, Mets 6

August, 10, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Jenrry Mejia and his cranky calf suffered a blown save Sunday.

After a day off to allow the leg to rest and a doctor's exam that labeled the issue cramping, Mejia entered for the ninth with the Mets leading by a run. He proceeded to surrender a leadoff double to Cody Asche and game-tying single to pinch hitter Marlon Byrd.

The game-ending blow came on Ryan Howard’s two-out RBI single as the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 win.

The Mets had led 6-1 entering the bottom of the sixth. Their largest lead blown this season in a loss came May 3 at Colorado, when a 6-0 lead turned into an 11-10 defeat.

The Mets still are 10-5 against the Phillies this season, including 7-2 at Citizens Bank Park.

Mejia has allowed at least two hits in each of his past four appearances.

Zack Wheeler turned a 6-3 lead over to the bullpen for the seventh. Josh Edgin eventually bailed out the Mets after a letdown by Wilmer Flores opened the door for the Phillies to move within a run.

Flores, getting an extended look at shortstop, threw wide of first base on Ben Revere’s two-out grounder. The play officially was ruled an infield single, although a more accomplished defensive shortstop would have recorded the out. After Jimmy Rollins then singled, Chase Utley delivered a two-run triple as the Phillies moved within 6-5.

Edgin entered and struck out Howard to strand the tying run at third base. Howard is now 2-for-9 with two homers and three strikeouts in his career against Edgin.

Edgin also struck out the side in the eighth. He became only the second reliever in franchise history to face four or more batters and strike them all out. Manny Acosta also struck out all four batters he faced on July 30, 2010 against Arizona.

Wheel deal: Wheeler surrendered only one hit through five innings -- a two-out solo homer by Utley in the first that evened the score at 1.

With the Mets leading 6-1 in the sixth, Wheeler got tripped up. He surrendered a one-out single to Utley and two-out walk to Grady Sizemore, then a two-run double to Domonic Brown.

Wheeler’s final line in a 112-pitch effort that became a no-decision: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.

Brown’s two-RBI shot snapped Wheeler’s streak of allowing two runs or fewer while logging at least six innings at seven straight starts. It had been the franchise’s longest single-season streak since Masato Yoshii went eight straight starts in 1999.

Wheeler nonetheless is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his past eight starts.

How they scored: Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the second. An inning later, Juan Lagares had a two-run triple.

The lead swelled to 6-1 in the fifth when Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud homered on consecutive pitches from Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. It marked only the second time this season back-to-back batters homered for the Mets. Curtis Granderson and the now-departed Chris Young consecutively homered against Oakland’s Scott Kazmir on June 24.

First audition: Matt den Dekker went 2-for-5 in his first start since returning from Las Vegas. Den Dekker was robbed by retreating center fielder Ben Revere on a third-inning shot to the warning track. In his next at-bat, den Dekker followed Duda and d’Arnaud’s long balls with a single. He also had a ninth-inning single.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.41 ERA) opposes right-hander David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39) at 1:05 p.m. Monday.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Phillies 4

August, 8, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Bartolo Colon joined exclusive company as the Philadelphia Phillies continued a season in which they’ve become the team to beat up on.

The 41-year-old Colon recorded career win No. 200 as the Mets beat the Phillies 5-4 in Friday’s series opener at Citizens Bank Park.

Colon departed with a 5-1 lead after eight innings. After Dana Eveland allowed the first two batters of the ninth to reach, Jenrry Mejia converted the save -- barely.

Mejia, who had experienced lower-back tightness Monday and calf tightness Thursday, allowed a single to Marlon Byrd that loaded the bases with none out. He then allowed a two-run double to Grady Sizemore. Cody Asche eventually contributed a run-scoring groundout for the second out, but Mejia left the tying run at third base by striking out Reid Brignac.

Colon joined Juan Marichal (243 wins) and Pedro Martinez (219) as the only Dominican-born pitchers to reach the 200-win plateau.

He also became the third pitcher to achieve No. 200 as a Met, joining Orel Hershiser in 1999 and Martinez in 2006.


Eric Hartline/USA TODAY SportsBartolo Colon earned his 200th career win Friday.


There are only two active pitchers with more wins than Colon: Tim Hudson (213) and CC Sabathia (208).

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three pitchers in the past 90 years have notched win No. 200 when they were older than Colon: Tim Wakefield (age 45), Charlie Hough (44) and Jamie Moyer (42).

The Mets improved to 9-4 in the season series against the Phillies. The Amazin’s have won 11 of their past 13 games at Citizens Bank Park.

A.J. Burnett surrendered 11 hits -- matching Atlanta’s Julio Teheran on July 8 for the most a starting pitcher has allowed against the Mets this season. Burnett departed trailing 5-0 after six innings.

He managed to keep the game scoreless by coaxing a bases-loaded groundout from Lucas Duda in the third. Travis d'Arnaud, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores then consecutively produced hits to open what became a four-run fourth. Over that two-inning span, eight Mets in a 10-batter stretch reached base against Burnett. (And, really, it’s 8 of 9 reaching, since Colon’s strikeout shouldn’t count, right?)

A fifth-inning solo homer by d’Arnaud, who originally was drafted by the Phillies, upped the lead to 5-0. (D’Arnaud was traded to Toronto for Roy Halladay, who threw out Friday’s ceremonial first pitch.)

Colon took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning.

After a leadoff single by Chase Utley in the fourth, Colon survived consecutive shots from Ryan Howard and Byrd that settled into Lagares’ glove just in front of the 401-foot marker on the center-field wall. Byrd’s leadoff homer in the seventh finally got Philadelphia on the scoreboard.

Colon’s line: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.

Kids' play: In the first game since Terry Collins announced Flores and Nieuwenhuis would get legitimate auditions, both contributed. Flores finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Ouch: Plate ump Mike Winters was struck by a pitch from Burnett in the first inning. He completed the game with a huge welt on his right wrist.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.73 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (6-6, 2.42) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Gee is 0-4 with a 6.85 ERA since the All-Star break.

Series preview: Mets at Phillies

August, 7, 2014
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Getty ImagesThe Mets will face A.J. Burnett, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick in the opening three games of the series, as they did July 28-30 in New York.
METS (54-61, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (52-63, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-9, 4.12) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.73) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (6-6, 2.42), 7:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Zack Wheeler (7-8, 3.48) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.74), 1:35 p.m. ET

Monday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.41) vs. RHP David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39), 1:05 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

• After no activity at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies scratched 33-year-old Roberto Hernandez from his scheduled start on Thursday. Hernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona) instead was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named from the low minors. Hernandez, owed $1.5 million the remainder of this season, was 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 23 appearances (20 starts) for the Phillies.


Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY SportsRoberto Hernandez was traded to the Dodgers on Thursday.


Sean O'Sullivan was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which was playing at Toledo, and made it in time to take the start. The journeyman right-hander surrendered three homers in six innings and departed trailing 5-1, but Ryan Howard's grand slam capped a fifth-run eighth as the Phillies rallied to complete a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros.

• The Phillies announced Thursday that a Grade 2 strain of the left elbow will prevent Cliff Lee from pitching again this season. Lee does not intend to undergo surgery. He received an opinion from Mets doctor David Altchek and has been treated with platelet-rich plasma therapy. Lee essentially is owed $37.5 million next season -- $25 million in salary, plus a $12.5 million buyout of a $27.5 million team option for 2016. David Buchanan took Lee's rotation spot.

Chase Utley's homer Wednesday, his 10th of the season, made him the fifth second basemen in major league history to produce double-digit long balls in 11 straight seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jeff Kent (1997-2008) and Bobby Doerr (1939-51, minus 1945 while serving in World War II) had 12-season streaks. Lou Whitaker (1982-92) and Joe Gordon (1938-50, minus two years of military service) had 11-season streaks.

• Center fielder Ben Revere produced his fourth four-hit game of the season Wednesday, matching the major league high. The only Phillie with more four-hit games in a season in the past three decades was Shane Victorino, who had five in 2009. After a two-hit game Thursday, Revere is now hitting .385 since June 26.

A.J. Burnett lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his last start. He was ejected for the first time in his major league career after allowing five runs (one earned) against Washington and arguing with plate umpire Chris Guccione about the strike zone.

• With his 94th save as a Phillie on Thursday, closer Jonathan Papelbon tied Tug McGraw for fifth on the club’s all-time list. Papelbon’s 87.0 save-conversion percentage is tops in Phillies history among relievers with at least 100 chances. Jose Mesa ranks second at 86.8 percent. Papelbon reportedly has cleared waivers, which allows the Phillies to trade him to any team this month.

Antonio Bastardo on Tuesday became the only major league pitcher since 1900 to have two separate games notching at least six outs, with all of the outs recorded via strikeout. His other such appearance came April 8, 2011 at Atlanta.

• Left fielder Domonic Brown pinch hit Thursday, but has not started in the past nine games because of a tonsil infection.

Grady Sizemore has hit safely in 15 of 19 starts since joining the Phillies. After going 1-for-3 Thursday, he is hitting .333 (27-for-81) with the club. Sizemore started in center field on Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox. He hit .216 with two homers in 185 at-bats before being designated for assignment on June 17. He was released the following day.

• The Chicago Cubs reportedly claimed Cole Hamels but have no intention of trading for him. Ex-Met Marlon Byrd reportedly also was claimed, with the 48-hour period to negotiate a deal expiring Friday.

• The Phillies signed Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor-league contract a week after releasing him from the big-league squad.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 11, Phillies 2

July, 30, 2014
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NEW YORK -- It's safe to say the Philadelphia Phillies are no longer the team to beat.

Zack Wheeler continued to make the case he is becoming an elite pitcher and Daniel Murphy launched a three-run homer as the Mets beat the Phillies, 11-2, in Wednesday’s rubber game at Citi Field.

Officially two-thirds of the way through the season, the Mets are 52-56.

Wheeler was in position to match a franchise record until Jimmy Rollins launched a pinch-hit homer to lead off the seventh that pulled Philadelphia with 4-2. With the long ball, Wheeler’s streak of limiting opponents to one earned run while completing at least six innings ended at five straight games -- one shy of matching the franchise record.

Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports Zack Wheeler allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
His final line: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

Four Mets pitchers have made six straight starts logging at least six innings and surrendering no more than one earned run in each outing: R.A. Dickey (2012), David Cone (1988), Nolan Ryan (1971) and Jerry Koosman (1969).

Wheeler improved to 6-8 with a 3.60 ERA.

He entered the outing with the most pitches per batter of any qualified NL starter (4.11). Consistent with that statistic, his pitch count swelled early Wednesday, rising to 45 after two innings and 60 after three innings. But Wheeler ultimately worked into the seventh inning before departing with his pitch count at 112.

Until Rollins’ homer, Wheeler limited the Phillies to a two-out RBI double in the fifth by Ryan Howard, which opened the game’s scoring.

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick had taken a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, when his outing unraveled.

After Juan Lagares and Ruben Tejada singled and Wheeler bunted them ahead, Curtis Granderson walked to load the bases with one out. Kendrick issued a wild pitch that evened the score. Murphy then deposited an opposite-field homer over the left-field wall for a 4-1 lead.

Kathy Willens/Associated PressDaniel Murphy's three-run homer staked the Mets to a 4-1 lead.
Murphy had gone 94 at-bats since his last homer, on July 1 against Atlanta’s Mike Minor.

Tejada finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and an intentional walk. He snapped an 0-for-13 drought. Lagares finished 3-for-5.

Bruised and battered: Dana Eveland, struck in the left elbow in the series opener and forced to depart, struggled two days later in his return to the mound. Taking over for Wheeler with two outs and none on in the seventh to face the lefty-hitting Chase Utley, Eveland issued a walk.

Utley then swiped second base after getting a huge jump. He advanced to third base on a passed ball. Eveland then plunked the lefty-hitting Howard with a pitch and departed.

Jeurys Familia bailed out Eveland and maintained the Mets’ 4-2 lead by coaxing a groundout from ex-Met Marlon Byrd.

Passing fancy: Travis d'Arnaud was charged with his 10th passed ball. That matches Colorado's Wilin Rosario for the major league lead.

Career year: Lucas Duda produced his 58th, 59th and 60th RBIs, surpassing his 2012 total (57) for a new career high. After an intentional walk to David Wright in the seventh, Duda staked the Mets to a 5-2 lead with an opposite-field RBI single against Mario Hollands. Duda added a two-run homer in the eighth against Phillippe Aumont. Duda has five homers in his past eight games.

Take that deGrom! Familia ended up batting against Justin De Fratus in what became a five-run seventh during which the Mets sent 10 batters to the plate. He delivered a run-scoring single for his first career RBI. He is 2-for-2 this season and 2-for-3 overall at the plate as a major leaguer. Familia’s other hit came May 28 against Pittsburgh’s Bryan Morris while notching a five-out save.

Not in your house: Center fielder Ben Revere leaped at the wall to take away a potential homer from Duda to open the bottom of the fourth.

What’s next: Mets players get a day off Thursday, but Sandy Alderson will continue to work the phones until the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. The Mets resume play Friday. Jonathon Niese (5-6, 3.23 ERA) opposes San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (5-8, 4.45) in the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field.

Morning Briefing: Aw-Phil defeat

July, 30, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: Since allowing six runs and lasting only two innings against the Oakland Athletics on June 25, Zack Wheeler has been on a tear.

Wheeler has allowed one earned run and completed at least six innings in each of his last five starts.

If Wheeler can duplicate that feat in Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. rubber game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he will become the first Mets pitcher since R.A. Dickey in May/June 2012 to go six straight starts logging at least six innings and surrendering no more than one earned run in each outing.

Wheeler (5-8, 3.64 ERA) opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87) in the series finale at Citi Field.

Wednesday’s news reports:

Cole Hamels tossed eight scoreless innings and Jimmy Rollins, Grady Sizemore and Chase Utley homered as the Phillies beat the Mets, 6-0, Tuesday. Dillon Gee was charged with five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, although the bulk of the damage came when Josh Edgin inherited the bases loaded from Gee and surrendered a grand slam to Utley.

Gee now has a 7.11 career ERA against the Phillies -- the highest mark against any team he has faced multiple times.

Gee also has an 8.10 ERA in three second-half starts. He suggested he was frustrated with Tuesday’s result because he felt like he improved from the previous two outings. He did not blame fatigue for his contribution to the seventh-inning meltdown, but said: “It seems like I haven’t thrown over 80 pitches in three months.”

Edgin said about Utley’s slam: “No offense to anyone here, but I left it right down the middle of the plate and put it out there for him to hit it. He did.”

Hamels has struggled during his career against the Mets, which now spans 30 starts. His scoreless effort Tuesday was his first against the Mets since his first-ever meeting against the club, on Aug. 14, 2006 as a rookie.

Read game recaps in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• Terry Collins is tiring of inquiries about why Wilmer Flores does not play more frequently. Read more in Newsday.

• With Sandy Alderson having joked on Monday that acquiring a player with a $20 million salary might lead to David Wright, Curtis Granderson and “22 dwarfs” on the roster, Zach Braziller in the Post compiled a list of the top money-themed jokes by the GM during his Mets tenure.

On the Daisuke Matsuzaka and Masahiro Tanaka signings, Alderson said in January: “We each signed Japanese pitchers this week. They’re paying $155 million and we’re paying our guy month to month.”

And who could forget the tweet that started it all from back on the eve of spring training in 2012? It read: “Will have to drive carefully on trip; Mets only reimburse for gas at a downhill rate. Will try to coast all the way to FL.”

• Columnist Anthony Rieber in Newsday suggests forgetting about Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Instead, he suggests the Mets’ winter activity will be far more relevant. Writes Rieber:

Because for the first time in a long time, we're starting to buy into the notion that the Mets are only a piece or two away from being a contender -- if the Wilpons can pony up the dough this winter to get a big-time shortstop and outfielder to complement the young players manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen have done a nice job developing this season.

Always the big question with the Mets, right? Dollars and sense. Are the Wilpons ready, willing and financially able to allow Alderson to make bold trades or free-agent signings?

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post enumerates reasons why the Mets can be competitive during the season’s final two months.

• Check out a sneak peak of the Citi Field scenes from Sharknado 2 here. It will be televised at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Syfy.

• Dilson Herrera had a solo homer in the eighth and walk-off sacrifice fly an inning later as Binghamton beat New Hampshire, 4-3. Rob Whalen is now 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA in the South Atlantic League after Savannah’s 8-3 win against Lexington. Casey Meisner earned his first win in 364 days as Brooklyn beat Lowell, 4-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Matt Harvey took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

• Marc Carig in Newsday writes that Jacob deGrom is making a case for NL Rookie of the Year.

• Will Sammon in Newsday discusses Juan Lagares' plate discipline.

BIRTHDAYS: Ex-Met Clint Hurdle, now manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, turns 57. ... Casey Stengel was born in 1890. ... Ellis Valentine was born on this date in 1954.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who is your least-favorite Phillie?

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 6, Mets 0

July, 29, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Sell!

Cole Hamels tossed eight scoreless innings and Jimmy Rollins, Grady Sizemore and Chase Utley homered as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-0 on Tuesday at Citi Field.

The Mets dropped to 51-56.

Rollins broke a scoreless tie in the third with a solo shot against Dillon Gee. Sizemore’s homer, which he wrapped inside the right-field foul pole, came an inning later and was his first long ball in 14 games with the Phillies. After Gee departed with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, Josh Edgin surrendered a grand slam to Utley.


Frank Franklin II/Associated PressGrady Sizemore circles the bases after a fourth-inning homer against Dillon Gee.


Among active MLB leaders in homers against the Mets, the top three are all Phillies now that Chipper Jones has retired. Ryan Howard has 40 career long balls against the Amazin’s, followed by Utley now with 32 and Rollins now with 29.

Hamels was making his 30th career start against the Mets. He produced his first scoreless effort since his first matchup with the Mets -- an eight-scoreless-inning performance as a rookie on Aug. 14, 2006.

The southpaw retired the final 13 batters he faced in a 109-pitch effort. He entered the start with a 7-14 record and 4.38 ERA in his career against the Mets.

Among active major league pitchers, only Tim Hudson has made more starts against the Mets. Now with the San Francisco Giants, Hudson is scheduled to make No. 32 on Monday, in the finale of a four-game series at Citi Field.

Gee (4-4, 3.77 ERA) suffered his third straight defeat. He has now been charged with 15 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings in three starts since the All-Star break.

His final line after Utley’s slam became: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HR.

Gee has allowed five homers in the three second-half starts. He had allowed one homer in his previous six outings.

What’s next: The teams conclude their three-game series Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.64 ERA) opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87) in the rubber game. Wheeler has allowed one earned run and completed at least six innings in each of his past five starts.

Wright holds All-Star lead; Panda charging

June, 15, 2014
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NEW YORK -- David Wright, despite a 2-for-39 slump, continues to lead the NL All-Star voting at the third base in the latest intermediate tally released by MLB. San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval,a perennial voting nemesis, is charging:

lastname
Sandoval
lastname
Wright
Wright, Mets, 1,051,640
Sandoval, Giants, 973,221
Nolan Arenado, Rockies, 895,905
Aramis Ramirez, Brewers, 814,627
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals, 692,745

Meanwhile, Daniel Murphy remains a distant fifth at second base:

Chase Utley, Phillies, 1,678,843
Neil Walker, Pirates, 997,347
Dee Gordon, Dodgers, 898,226
Brandon Phillips, Reds, 574,300
Murphy, Mets, 560,660

The All-Star Game will be played July 15 at Minnesota.

Morning Briefing: End of the road

June, 8, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO

FIRST PITCH: Former San Francisco Giants farmhand Zack Wheeler is charged on Sunday with trying to halt the Mets’ losing streak at five games and help the Amazin’s avoid getting swept.

Wheeler (2-5, 3.89 ERA) has contributed two straight solid efforts on the road trip. He has combined to limit the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs to one run on six hits and two walks while striking out 16 in 13 innings.

Wheeler opposes right-hander Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01) at 4:05 p.m. ET.

The Mets have not been swept by the Giants since 2002, when San Francisco ran the table in three-game series at Shea Stadium and what was then known as Pac Bell Park.


Gregory Bull/Associated PressTravis d'Arnaud was demoted to the minors late Saturday.


The Mets (28-34) complete a stretch of 20 games in 20 days with the series finale at AT&T Park. They also wrap up a three-city trip in which they went 4-1 in Philly, then got swept at Wrigley Field.

Sunday’s news reports:

Travis d’Arnaud, expected to be a cornerstone of the Mets’ rebuilding, again is a minor leaguer. Three-for-26 since returning from the disabled list for a concussion and hitting .180 for the season, d’Arnaud was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas after Saturday’s game. Ex-Oriole/Ranger Taylor Teagarden will join the Mets on Sunday. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Terry Collins and David Wright spoke to the players during a pregame team meeting Saturday about staying positive, but the Mets went on to lose to the Giants, 5-4, in walk-off fashion. Jenrry Mejia suffered his first blown save. Wright committed a critical sixth-inning throwing error that led to two unearned runs.

The Mets have now lost 20 games this season in which they held a lead -- the most in the majors.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• Wright will be out of the starting lineup Sunday for the first time this season. With the Mets on a five-game losing streak, he asked Collins to play, but was rebuffed by the manager. Read more in the Star-Ledger.


Courtesy of the University of MemphisThe Mets selected University of Memphis right-hander Bryce Beeler in the 19th round of the draft.


• Paul DePodesta and amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous completed the draft with rounds 11 through 40 on Saturday. The Mets selected two right-handed pitchers with New York ties: Stonehill (Mass.) College’s Jim Duff is from Garden City, Long Island. Tyler Badamo is a product of Oakdale’s Dowling College and from Mount Sinai.

Connecticut prep right-hander Bradley Wilpon, the son of Jeff Wilpon and grandson of Fred Wilpon, was selected in the 36th round by the Boston Red Sox. He will not sign and instead is headed to the Wharton School of Business and to play for the Penn baseball team.

Read features on Badamo at MLB.com and Baseball on the Island. Read more the Mets’ draft in the Record.

• Tim Rohan in the Times reviews the Mets’ ill-fated trade of Angel Pagan to the Giants for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post discusses the state of the Mets.

Matt den Dekker is hitting .192 this season, and Collins suggested Ruben Tejada may get time in the leadoff spot.

Juan Lagares, on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, is not free of discomfort and therefore is not yet permitted to do work that requires rotating his torso.

• X-rays of 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo’s right wrist revealed no fracture. Nimmo, who nonetheless was out of the lineup Saturday with St. Lucie, was hit by a pitch the previous day.

• John Gant, Tim Peterson and Robert Coles combined on the shutout as Savannah blanked Charleston, 4-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post identifies five quality batters who should be available at the trading deadline: Chase Utley, Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez, Alexei Ramirez and Ben Zobrist.

• Lenny Dykstra speaks with Mark Bowman at MLB.com about his son Luke being drafted in the seventh round by the Atlanta Braves.

• Read more on 50 Cent’s woeful ceremonial first pitch in the Post.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record reviews Jacob deGrom’s brief and so far successful major league career.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear imagines Branden and Alexa going rogue.

BIRTHDAYS: Toronto Blue Jays manager and ex-Met John Gibbons turns 52. ... Dave Mlicki is 46.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Did the Mets make the right call demoting Travis d’Arnaud?

Rapid Reaction: Mets 11, Phillies 2

June, 2, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Matt den Dekker was Juan Lagares before Juan Lagares.

Given his first 2014 major league start on Monday, den Dekker displayed why as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-2, at Citizens Bank Park.

The rookie center fielder took away two Phillies runs, reaching over the center-field wall to rob Ryan Howard of a homer in the second, then throwing out Reid Brignac at the plate on an ill-advised send by third-base coach Pete Mackanin an inning later.

Playing five straight days in a road city for the first time in franchise history, the Mets went 4-1 against the Phillies to move within a game of .500. The teams played a total of 57 innings. Add in two wins to close the last homestand against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Mets are 6-1 since the firing of hitting coach Dave Hudgens and release of Jose Valverde. New York (28-29) moved into third place in the NL East for the first time since May 13.


Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesMatt den Dekker takes away a would-be second-inning homer from Ryan Howard.


Bobby Abreu and Lucas Duda had consecutive one-out doubles in the second inning Monday as the Mets took a 1-0 lead against Roberto Hernandez. After inning-opening singles by den Dekker and Daniel Murphy in the sixth, David Wright produced a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Later that inning, second baseman Chase Utley’s error on a would-be inning-ending double play loaded the bases. Wilmer Flores then delivered a two-run double that snapped the Mets’ 14 at-bat hitless streak with the bases loaded.

Flores' grand slam capped a six-run ninth. He finished with six RBIs, doubling his previous career high. The Mets went 3-for-4 with the bases loaded. Ike Davis had the Mets' other grand slam this season, on April 5 against Cincinnati.

Bartolo Colon, aided by den Dekker, took a scoreless effort into the bottom of the sixth. Howard then delivered an RBI groundout, snapping Colon’s scoreless streak at 16⅓ innings.

The 26-year-old den Dekker had been the ballyhooed outfield defensive whiz in Mets camp in 2013, but he broke the wrist on his right, non-throwing hand in Grapefruit League play late that spring training and missed the first two months of the minor league season. When the opportunity for an in-season promotion arose, Lagares -- another human highlight film -- had leapfrogged den Dekker.

With the Mets having played consecutive 14-inning games, den Dekker actually had been demoted before Sunday’s matinee to clear a roster spot for an extra arm. He never even started to pack for a scheduled 8:30 p.m. flight to Las Vegas, though. Once Lagares departed Sunday’s game with an injury, den Dekker was told to sit tight in Philly. He officially was re-promoted to the Mets on Monday afternoon when Lagares was placed on the disabled list with a strained rib cage.

Colon, incidentally, now has been saved from serving up homers by both den Dekker and Lagares. Lagares took away a would-be homer from Jayson Werth in D.C. on May 17.

Mets manager Terry Collins indicated den Dekker will get first dibs at trying to claim the leadoff spot in Lagares’ absence. He led off three different innings and finished 1-for-5.

Debutant: Left-hander Dana Eveland made his Mets debut in the eighth inning, inheriting a 5-1 lead and two baserunners from Colon with none out. He coaxed a fly out from Utley, struck out Howard and departed with righty-hitting Marlon Byrd next up. Jeurys Familia entered and uncorked a wild pitch on his first offering as the Phillies moved within three runs. Byrd then flied out.

Eveland, 30, last pitched in a major game on July 13, 2012, with the Baltimore Orioles. He spent last season in South Korea.

What’s next: The Mets head to the Windy City. Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31 ERA) opposes Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20) in Tuesday’s 8:05 p.m. ET series opener.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Phillies 4 (14)

May, 31, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Jacob deGrom again was deprived of his first major league win in agonizing fashion. At least this time the New York Mets salvaged a victory.

With Jenrry Mejia unavailable after working the previous two days, Jeurys Familia tried to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning. Instead, the Philadelphia Phillies evened the score.

Ex-Met Marlon Byrd had a leadoff double and Domonic Brown followed with a game-tying single against Familia.

The Mets finally notched a 5-4 win in the 14th at Citizens Bank Park after David Wright delivered an RBI single against Antonio Bastardo. It was the Mets' first hit since the ninth inning. Bastardo had entered only because Jeff Manship, after four no-hit innings, had suffered a left quad strain as a batter unsuccessfully trying to beat out a two-out grounder with the winning run at third base to end the 13th.

It was the second straight start that deGrom departed with a lead only to be deprived of his first win. After tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Memorial Day at Citi Field, Jose Valverde eventually blew the lead by surrendering four runs. Valverde was released after that game. DeGrom remains 0-2.

With his fourth straight quality start to begin his major league career, deGrom now has a 2.42 ERA. The only other pitcher in franchise history to be winless through four career appearances while producing a quality start in each outing is Ron Darling in 1983.

The Mets, meanwhile, have now played seven games of at least four hours this season, matching the Los Angeles Dodgers for the most in the majors.

These two teams have now played consecutive 14-inning games. The only other instance in which the Mets played consecutive 14-plus-inning games in one season was Sept. 7-8, 1979, against the Pirates (14 and 15 innings). The Mets played consecutive five-hour games for the first time in franchise history. Saturday's lasted five hours and 32 minutes.

DeGrom had taken a one-hit shutout into the seventh. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, until Chase Utley’s two-out single in the fourth. The 25-year-old right-hander ultimately struck out a career-high 11, the most by a Mets pitcher this season.


Chris Szagola/Associated PressJacob deGrom again was deprived of his first major league win Saturday.


His sterling outing unraveled in the seventh, however. Staked to a 4-0 lead, deGrom allowed a leadoff single to Jimmy Rollins and then walked Utley. Ryan Howard followed with an opposite-field, three-run homer. DeGrom remained in to strike out Byrd, then departed with his pitch count at 101 and the Mets holding a 4-3 lead.

His line: 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 1 HR.

About the only issue for deGrom before the seventh inning? A mound visit from trainer Ray Ramirez after the rookie delivered a first-pitch ball to Reid Brignac with two outs in the fifth. DeGrom threw one warm-up pitch for the staff, manager Terry Collins and Ramirez retreated to the dugout, and deGrom’s dominance continued until the seventh.

Ruben stud: Ruben Tejada snapped the longest active homerless drought in MLB with a fourth-inning solo shot against Kyle Kendrick that gave the Mets a 3-0 lead. He finished 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two walks to lift his batting average 17 points, to .227.

It was Tejada’s first homer since Aug. 1, 2012, against San Francisco’s Matt Cain. Tejada had gone 552 at-bats without a homer.

The longest active homerless streak in MLB now belongs to Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse (434 at-bats). Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker (430 at-bats) is the new leader among position players, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Philadelphia’s Ben Revere had paved the way for Tejada to briefly sit atop the active leaderboard. Revere’s first career homer came in his 1,466th career at-bat, on Tuesday.

Debutant: Buddy Carlyle tossed three scoreless innings in his Mets debut, from the 11th through the 13th. The 36-year-old call-up from Las Vegas last had appeared in the majors on June 25, 2011, with the Yankees. He earned his first major league win since Sept. 24, 2008, with the Braves. Carlos Torres notched the save with a scoreless 14th despite allowing the first two batters to reach.

Bobby O: Bobby Abreu, starting for the second straight day, finished 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. He is 10-for-21 with five walks in his past six starts.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on two-out run-scoring hits by Abreu and Lucas Duda.

Last call: Daisuke Matsuzaka, slated to enter the rotation Wednesday at Wrigley Field with Rafael Montero’s demotion, made a final relief appearance. Matsuzaka overcame an error from Daniel Murphy by striking out Brignac to record the final out of the seventh inning. Matsuzaka then surrendered a one-out triple to Revere in the eighth. Revere ultimately was stranded at third base. Scott Rice entered with two outs and walked Utley on four pitches, but then struck out Howard to preserve the 4-3 lead.

In a pinch: Juan Lagares pinch hit for bunting purposes and delivered a sacrifice in the 14th. He had been scratched from the starting lineup with a right rib cage spasm.

Bad form? The Mets were incredulous that second-base ump Doug Eddings ruled Brown safe on a two-out steal attempt in the fifth inning. So Collins challenged the ruling on the field. Once the Mets saw the replay on the scoreboard and concluded they were in the right, they left the field, even though the crew had yet to formally reverse the safe call.

The Phillies, under similar circumstances in the top of the ninth, stayed on the field until umps confirmed the ruling of a third out even though scoreboard replays already suggested they would prevail.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.74 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.43) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Hamels is 7-14 with a 4.51 ERA in 28 career starts against the Mets.

Series preview: Mets at Phillies

May, 29, 2014
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Bill Streicher/USA TODAY SportsDavid Buchanan makes his second major league start Friday against the Mets.
METS (24-28, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (23-27, fourth place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63) vs. RHP David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), 7:05 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2, 1.83) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04), 3:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.74) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.43), 1:35 p.m. ET

Monday: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76), 7:05 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

Cliff Lee landed on the disabled list on May 20 with a flexor-tendon strain in his left elbow. David Buchanan replaced Lee in the rotation. Buchanan, 25, allowed two runs in five innings and earned the win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his major-league debut on Saturday, despite getting pulled at 66 pitches. Buchanan, a former seventh-round pick out of Georgia State, averaged 91.5 mph with his fastball in his debut. He was one of the limited options available. Jonathan Pettibone, who made two mid-April starts for the Phillies, is out with a labrum tear in his right shoulder. Pettibone has opted for a cortisone injection and rehab over surgery.

• Second baseman Chase Utley’s .335 average ranks third in the National League, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (.369) and L.A.’s Yasiel Puig (.344). Utley leads NL second basemen in the initial All-Star voting tally. He has 509,390 votes, already considerably ahead of runner-up Dee Gordon of the Dodgers (304,258).


Kathy Willens/Associated PressJimmy Rollins is 13 hits shy of matching the Phillies franchise record.


Darin Ruf made his season debut May 21 after opening the year on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. The righty-hitting first baseman/outfielder started Tuesday over Ryan Howard against Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg suggested Ruf could continue to cut into Howard’s playing time at first base against southpaws, despite Howard earning $25 million a season through 2016.

Howard nonetheless had success against a southpaw on Wednesday. After a four-RBI performance that included a walk-off three-run homer against Rockies left-handed reliever Boone Logan, Howard is now three RBIs shy of 1,000 for his career. He should need the fewest games of any active major leaguer to reach that plateau. Albert Pujols is the current fastest among active players to 1,000 RBIs, at 1,257 games. Howard has played in 1,227 games.

• Catcher Carlos Ruiz’s .387 on-base percentage ranks second in the majors among catchers, trailing only Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy (.397).

Kyle Kendrick on Monday notched his first win since Aug. 6, snapping a streak of 16 straight winless starts. Kendrick tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 9-0 win against the Rockies.

• Third baseman Cody Asche landed on the DL on Sunday with a left hamstring strain. Cesar Hernandez (.132, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 38 at-bats) has started six straight games at third base.

• Center fielder Ben Revere produced his first major-league homer on Tuesday. It came in his 1,466th at-bat. That was the longest drought to begin a major-league career since Frank Taveras went homerless in his first 1,594 at-bats from 1972-77.

Jimmy Rollins became the 12th active player to appear in 2,000 games on Wednesday. The leader is Derek Jeter at 2,646 games. Rollins ranks second in Phillies history, trailing only Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (2,404). Rollins had been 0-for-15 before a seventh-inning single Wednesday. That single gave him 2,221 career hits. The franchise record is 2,234, by Schmidt. Rollins already owns the franchise record for doubles (464).

• The last time the Mets met the Phillies, Sandberg alleged he lost six pounds after receiving food poisoning from a Shake Shack burger at Citi Field. Like Lucas Duda, Sandberg since has made amends with the popular restaurant chain. He posed in a Shake Shack T-shirt tweeted by the company.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Phillies 4 (11)

May, 11, 2014
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NEW YORK -- They may not be very good, but they don’t roll over.

Trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth, and with Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon unavailable, the Mets got a two-run homer from Daniel Murphy against Antonio Bastardo and a run-scoring groundout from Juan Lagares against Roberto Hernandez to send the game to extra innings.

The Mets ultimately beat the Phillies, 5-4, in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field to snap a five-game losing streak and avoid getting swept in a second straight series.

Ruben Tejada plated the winning run with a one-out single against Jeff Manship with the bases loaded. It was Tejada's third career walk-off RBI.

The Mets improved to 17-19.

The Mets’ bats had been moribund in the clutch entering the ninth inning, including being 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Seemingly poised for a big first inning against Cole Hamels after David Wright’s RBI single staked the Mets to a 1-0 lead and placed runners on the corners with none out, the Amazin’s instead failed to plate another run. Chris Young struck out, Eric Campbell grounded back to the pitcher and Lagares struck out.

They loaded the bases in the fourth with one out, only to have Jonathon Niese strike out and Eric Young Jr. ground into a fielder’s choice.

In the sixth, with two runners in scoring position and two outs, Curtis Granderson pinch-hit for Niese and struck out.

In the seventh, after a one-out double by Murphy, Hamels struck out Wright looking and, with pitch No. 133, coaxed a flyout to center field from Chris Young.

In the eighth, pinch hitter Travis d’Arnaud struck out to strand two on base.

The Mets entered the bottom of the ninth trailing, 4-1, after Chase Utley produced a run-scoring triple against Jose Valverde in the top half.

The Mets are 4-for-33 with the bases loaded this season. Mets pitchers are 0-for-63, extending their MLB record to open a season.

The Phillies had broken a 1-all tie in the fourth by putting the ball in play. Campbell, in his first big-league start, fielded Domonic Brown’s grounder to first base and threw home trying to catch Ryan Howard. The throw was up the third-base line, Anthony Recker missed the tag and the Phillies had the lead. Wil Nieves followed with a run-scoring groundout.

Niese’s final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He threw 97 pitches (63 strikes).

Snapped: Chris Young snapped an 0-for-18 drought with a ninth-inning double. He scored the tying run.

It’s a first: Campbell produced his first major-league hit with a leadoff single in the fourth against Hamels.

What’s next: The Subway Series, beginning with two games in the Bronx.

Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.36 ERA) is due to face Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.43) in Monday’s 7:05 p.m. opener at Yankee Stadium. CC Sabathia, the originally scheduled Thursday starter for the Yankees, instead has landed on the disabled list with right-knee inflammation.

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TEAM LEADERS

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Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187