Phillies 5, Mets 9: Worley Struggles As Phils Fail To Sweep

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Philadelphia Phillies 5, NY Mets 2: Cole Hamels, Chase Utley Lead Phils To 4th Straight Win

Chase Utley knocked in the tying run and scored the go ahead, while Cole Hamels and the bullpen did the rest of the work as the Phillies took the second of their three game series against the Mets at Citi Field. Hamels was sharp going seven innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 10 for his seventh victory of the season. After some early trouble Cole and the bullpen shut the Mets down, literally. Phillies pitchers did not allow a single Met baserunner from the point at which there was one out in the 4th on.

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey basically equaled Hamels allowing just one run over his first seven innings of work. However, after getting the first two outs of the 8th he gave up a single to Jimmy Rollins and the Mets opted to pull him and turn to their bullpen. That ended up being a fatal mistake. After Rollins took second, Chase Utley singled off Mets reliever Mike O`Connor to tie the game. Jason Isringhausen was then brought on to face Placido Polanco , who he promptly walked. The Mets then turned to lefty specialist Tim Byrdak to face Ryan Howard, who doubled in two runs as the Phillies took a 4-2 lead.

The Phils would add an insurance run in the ninth when Domonic Brown and Ben Francisco both doubled. Brown has really started hitting going 2-4 tonight and raising his season average to .292. He has five hits and a walk in his last nine plate appearances.

Vance Worley will face off against Jon Niese tommorrow afternoon as the Phils go for the sweep.

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Phillies 6, Mets 4: Phils Pound K-Rod In 9th For The Win

Domonic Brown's go-ahead single sparked a three run ninth off Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez as the Phillies came from behind to take the first of a three game series at Citi Field. Ryan Madson got into trouble in the bottom of the ninth, giving up one run, but got Daniel Murphy to ground into a game ending double play for his 10th save. Roy Oswalt threw six efficient innings and gave up just one earned run.

It was a back and forth game in which the Phillies struck first as Jimmy Rollins and Roy Oswalt each drove in a run to put the Phils up 2-0 in the 5th. The Mets struck back in the bottom of the inning thanks in part to a Chase Utley error. Oswalt got Ronny Paulino to pop up for what should have been the third out, but Utley inexplicably drifted over to Jimmy Rollins' side of second base to field the pop, the two collided and the ball fell with the runner safe. Oswalt then allowed back to back singles to bring the Mets to within one.

The Mets would add a run in each of the next two innings to take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 8th. Domonic Brown came in to hit for the pitcher, singled and then stole second. Jimmy Rollins then drove in his second run of the game with a double to right to tie the game at three a piece.

With the game tied the Mets turned to closer Francisco Rodriguez in the top of the ninth. He quickly got Raul Ibanez to fly out, but allowed consecutive singles to Carlos Ruiz and Ross Gload. Rookie Domonic Brown then got his second hit of the game driving in Ruiz. Jimmy Rollins drove in his third run of the night and Placido Polanco added another as the Phillies pounded "K-Rod" for three runs on five hits in the inning.

The Phillies have now won six of their last eight. Cole Hamels takes the hill tomorrow night in game two of the series against Mike Pelfrey.

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