Phillies 7, Mets 6
The Sports Xchange
By Jordan Hall, The Sports Xchange
Phillies 7, Mets 6
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies crawled all the way back from a 6-1 deficit to beat the New York Mets 7-6 on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
First baseman Ryan Howard delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in the winning run.
With the Phillies trailing 6-5 entering the ninth, third baseman Cody Asche doubled to lead off the frame and scored the tying run on pinch hitter Marlon Byrd's single.
The Phillies' win snapped the Mets' five-game winning streak at Citizens Bank Park. Entering Sunday, New York (56-62) had won 11 of its last 12 in Philadelphia's (53-65) home park.
Reliever Ken Giles (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up his first major league win, while closer Jenrry Mejia (5-5) allowed three hits and two runs for the loss.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler pitched six innings of three-run, three-hit ball, but earned a no-decision. Wheeler is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last eight starts.
Wheeler's offense gave him plenty of support, scoring six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in five innings off Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
New York's 6-1 lead was trimmed to 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning before Phillies second baseman Chase Utley cut it to 6-5 with a two-run triple in the seventh.
Utley went 3-for-4 and finished a double shy of the cycle.
Howard was 0-for-4 before his game-winner.
Right fielder Curtis Granderson, third baseman David Wright, catcher Travis d'Arnaud and center fielder Juan Lagares all delivered multi-hit games and scored five of the Mets' six runs.
New York knocked around Kendrick and shoddy defense didn't help the right-hander, either.
An error by Howard cost Philadelphia a run in the first inning.
Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson hit a scorching one-hopper through the legs of Howard to lead off the game and came around to score on Wright's single to center field.
After plating a run in the second, the Mets scored two more in the third. With a man on first and one out, d'Arnaud flared a weak fly ball to left field. Following a delayed jump, left fielder Domonic Brown let the ball drop in front of his feet for a single and heavy boos from fans.
Center fielder Juan Lagares then brought home both runners with a two-out triple off the right field wall to extend New York's advantage to 4-1.
First baseman Lucas Duda and d'Arnaud stuffed the Mets' lead with back-to-back solo homers in the top of the fifth inning.
Utley belted a solo homer to right field in the bottom of the first inning for Philadelphia's lone hit off Wheeler through the first five frames.
NOTES: Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has been scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday because of shoulder soreness. The rookie, who is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA this season, will be examined by team doctors in New York on Monday. ... The Phillies claimed RHP Jerome Williams off waivers. Williams has pitched for the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros this season, going 2-5 in 28 games (two starts) with a 6.71 ERA. RHP Sean O'Sullivan was designated for assignment to make room for Williams on the 25-man roster. ... Phillies OF Marlon Byrd was not in the starting lineup on Sunday for routine rest. ... The Phillies and Mets finish their four-game series on Monday. Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.41) opposes Phillies RHP David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39), with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.
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