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.