NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates a grand slam against the New York Mets with Jimmy Rollins #11, Juan Pierre #10, and Michael Martinez #7 at Citi Field on September 20, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Phillies Vs Mets: Philly Completes Sweep With 16-1 Blowout

The Phillies opened Thursday night's game against the Mets with nine hits and eight runs in the first inning, easily cruising to a sweep in New York.

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Phillies Vs. Mets Recap: Phils Complete Sweep With 16-1 Blowout Win

The Philadelphia Phillies completed their sweep of the New York Mets on Thursday night with a 16-1 thrashing. The game was scheduled as a makeup for Tuesday's rainout, and the Mets never bothered to show up. Philly bookended two huge rallies for the 15-run win, opening the game with eight in the first and capping it with seven in the ninth.

Amazingly, the eight-run rally in the first did not feature a single home run. Instead, the Phils would start it off with six straight singles and a walk to knock out Mets' starter Jeremy Hefner before he ever recorded an out. The eight-run inning featured an astonishing nine hits as the Phils went station to station. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley capped it off by driving in two each with singles in their second at-bats. Utley had three RBIs in the inning.

Philadelphia would explode for seven more in the ninth, forcing Terry Collins to use three more pitchers before the game mercifully ended. The big blow came when Ryan Howard launched a grand slam to left field to make it 16-1. Howard finished the night with five RBIs, while Utley went four-for-five with four RBIs. Ahead of them, Rollins and Juan Pierre consistently set the table. Rollins scored three runs and had three RBIs while Pierre turned in a five-hit game.

In between the rallies, rookie Tyler Cloyd shut down the Mets and pounded the zone to ensure it never became much of a game. Cloyd struck out six and allowed just three hits in eight innings -- a crucial start that preserved the bullpen for a huge weekend series against the Braves. The Phillies remain four games back of the second Wild Card spot.

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Phillies vs. Mets Preview: Tyler Cloyd Faces Jeremy Hefner

With still a glimmer of hope for the second NL Wild Card, the Philadelphia Phillies will look to sweep the New York Mets Thursday at Citi Field.

Tyler Cloyd (1-1) of the Phillies will face Jeremy Hefner (2-6) of the Mets in the final regularly scheduled game between both teams this season.

Tuesday's game was postponed and will be made up at a to-be-determined date and time.

The Phillies are four back in the NL Wild Card with 13 games remaining on their schedule, making the already tall task of getting within striking distance of that second Wild Card even tougher after losing three of four to the lowly Houston Astros last weekend.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

TV: CSN (Philadelphia), SNY (New York), ESPN

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Phillies Vs. Mets Final Score: Ryan Howard Comes Up Big In 3-2 Win

The Philadelphia Phillies continue to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 victory at Citi Field against the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Trailing 2-1 in the ninth inning, the Phillies rallied for two runs to take the lead. With Chase Utley aboard, Ryan Howard stepped up the plate and crushed one over the fence, giving Philadelphia an advantage it wouldn't relinquish.

Cole Hamels was on the mound for Charlie Manuel's club and was absolutely dominant. Over six innings, Hamels only allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out 10.

The southpaw was given some run support right away off the bat of Jimmy Rollins, who hit a lead-off home run for his 22nd blast of the year.

The Phillies only had three hits on the evening, but made them count. In what was Matt Harvey's final start of the year, the rookie surrendered just one run in seven innings just one hit, the opening blast by Rollins.

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Phillies Vs. Mets Lineups: Juan Pierre In No. 2 Spot

The lineups for Wednesday's matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets have been announced. Juan Pierre is hitting in the No. 2 spot for the Phillies and playing left field. Domonic Brown moves over to right field to make room.

Take a look at the lineups here:

Phillies

1. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
2. Juan Pierre (L) LF
3. Chase Utley (L) 2B
4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
5. Carlos Ruiz (R) C
6. Domonic Brown (L) RF
7. John Mayberry (R) CF
8. Kevin Frandsen (R) 3B
9. Cole Hamels (L) P

Mets

1. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Scott Hairston (R) RF
5. Ike Davis (L) 1B
6. Kelly Shoppach (R) C
7. Lucas Duda (L) LF
8. Andres Torres (S) CF
9. Matt Harvey (R) P

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Phillies Vs. Mets Preview: Cole Hamels Gets The Start After Tuesday's Rain-Out

After an unexpected day off, the Philadelphia Phillies will try to gain more ground in the NL Wild Card on Wednesday night at Citi Field. Cole Hamels makes his scheduled turn in the rotation, with Tyler Cloyd getting bumped to Thursday's make-up game. Hamels has been one of the best pitchers in the game since the beginning of August, but he has a 4.09 ERA against the Mets this season. The Cardinals made up a half-game in the Wild Card on Tuesday night so the Phils will rely on Hamels to keep pace.

The Mets will send rookie Matt Harvey to the mound, opting to push everyone in the rotation back a day. This is just Harvey's 10th start of his career, but he's already picked up a win against the Phils. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET and CSN will have the broadcast.

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Phillies Vs. Mets Postponed; Makeup Scheduled For Thursday

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets won't play the second game of their three-game set Tuesday night due to rain, as the game has been postponed until 7:10 p.m. Thursday.

Both teams had a mutual off-day on Thursday. Matt Gelb of Philly.com reports that the Phillies would have preferred to play a double-header Wednesday allowing them to keep the free day later in the week, but that the Mets chose to play one game a day. The Phillies would have been able to return home to Philadelphia a day earlier before this weekend's series against the Atlanta Braves, but instead, they're going to have to stay in New York until after the conclusion of Thursday night's game.

The pitching matchups for the series will apparently remain the same, with Cole Hamels still taking the mound Wednesday against the Mets Matt Harvey, while Phillies' rookie Tyler Cloyd, who was scheduled to play in the rained-out Tuesday game, will be the starter Thursday night against Jeremy Hefner.

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Phillies Vs. Mets Preview: Tyler Cloyd Tries To Pitch Phils Above .500

The Philadelphia Phillies will try to get back above .500 on Tuesday night with rookie Tyler Cloyd on the mound.

The Phils opened their series against the Mets on Monday with a 3-1 win. Cliff Lee was dealing on the mound, cruising through eight innings and striking out 10. Cloyd will get the ball for his fifth start of the season, and his second against the Mets. The rookie hurler made his MLB debut against New York at the end of August, pitching seven innings and giving up three earned runs in a hard-luck loss.

The Phillies are just 6-10 against the rival Mets this season. One of those losses came at the hands of Matt Harvey, who will go for New York in Game 2. Like Cloyd, Harvey is a rookie who was called up in the second half of the season. He's making his ninth start on Tuesday, posting a 3-5 record and 2.92 ERA to this point. He's coming off a dynamic five-inning, 10-strikeout performance against the Nats.

With the Cardinals idle, the Phillies' win on Monday cut the deficit in the Wild Card to 3½ games. St. Louis will host the lowly Astros on Tuesday.

First pitch from Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET with PHL 17 carrying the broadcast.

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Phillies Vs. Mets Recap: Cliff Lee Dominant In Series-Opening Win

The Philadelphia Phillies pulled back to .500 on Monday night with a series-opening 3-1 win over the Mets. Cliff Lee went pitch-for-pitch with R.A. Dickey and outlasted the Mets knuckleballer.

Lee pitched eight innings and was in vintage form, striking out 10 and walking just one. New York manufactured a run in the fifth, the only blemish on the evening for Lee. Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth and retired the Mets in order for his 35th save of the season.

The Phillies took advantage of a Mets throwing error in the first to strike quickly against Dickey, as Chase Utley brought home Jimmy Rollins on a sac fly to center. Rollins took a Dickey offering over the right-field wall in the top of the fifth for what would prove to be the winning run. The solo shot put the Phils ahead for good, but Domonic Brown added an insurance run in the seventh when he hammered his fourth homer of the season.

The Phillies are now 3½ games out in the Wild Card. Rookie Tyler Cloyd will take the mound in the second game of the series, while the Mets will counter with fellow rookie Matt Harvey.

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Phillies vs. Mets Lineups: Cliff Lee Looks To Gain Ground In NL Wild Card Race

The Philadelphia Phillies have put themselves in contention for the National League's second wild card spot, although they have some work to do as they sit four games back. The club will turn to Cliff Lee on Monday night as they begin a three-game series with the Mets, who have been out of the playoff chase for months. Despite their shortcomings this season, R.A. Dickey is arguably the Cy Young favorite and could give Philadelphia problems this evening.

The lineups for both clubs have been released.

Phillies:

Jimmy Rollins - SS
John Mayberry - CF
Chase Utley - 2B
Ryan Howard - 1B
Carlos Ruiz - C
Nate Schierholtz - RF
Domonic Brown - LF
Kevin Frandsen - 3B
Cliff Lee - P

Mets:

Ruben Tejada - SS
Daniel Murphy - 2B
David Wright - 3B
Scott Hairston - RF
Lucas Duda - 1B
Jason Bay - LF
Andres Torres - CF
Mike Nickeas - C
R.A. Dickey - P

First pitch from Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Phillies Vs. Mets: Cliff Lee Faces R.A. Dickey In Strong Pitching Match-Up

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets will tangle on Monday with Cliff Lee and R.A. Dickey on the mound.

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