May 8, 2012: Mets Come Back to Beat Phillies

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Date: May 8, 2012
Mets starter: Miguel Batista
Mets: 7
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Manny Acosta
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, David Wright, Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Key play: Mets’ singles and Orr’s error in 7th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played a three-hour and eighteen-minute game at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets came back from a four-run deficit to defeat the Phils, 7-4.

Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Juan Pierre singled against the Mets’ Miguel Batista. Pierre stole second base and Shane Victorino popped out to second baseman Daniel Murphy. A homer by Hunter Pence gave the Phillies a two-run lead. Carlos Ruiz hit a double to center field. Batista then retired Placido Polanco on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning.

Blanton set down the Mets in order in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, John Mayberry reached on a two-base error by shortstop Jordany Valdespin. An errant pickoff throw by Batista moved Mayberry to third base. Pete Orr singled to drive home Mayberry. Blanton bunted foul for a third strike and Orr stole second. Jimmie Rollins drew a walk and Pierre flied out to center fielder Andres Torres. A double by Victorino scored Orr for a 4-0 Philadelphia lead. Batista then got Pence on an inning-ending fly ball to Torres.

Following a scoreless third inning, Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled to begin the top of the fourth. David Wright flied out to right fielder Pence to advance Nieuwenhuis to third base. Lucas Duda drew a walk and Murphy hit a single to bring home Nieuwenhuis for the Mets’ first run of the game. Blanton retired Ike Davis and Valdespin on consecutive fly balls to center fielder Victorino to close out the inning. Batista then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

Blanton and Batista each hurled a scoreless fifth inning. In the top of the sixth, the Mets failed to score after a leadoff double by Wright. Mayberry singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. An ensuing double by Orr sent Mayberry to third base. Manny Acosta came in to pitch for New York and got Blanton to ground out to Murphy. Acosta then fanned Rollins for the third out of the inning.

Valdespin drew a walk to open the top of the seventh. Blanton struck out Mike Nickeas and retired pinch-hitter Scott Hairston on a pop-up to second baseman Orr. Torres hit a single to send Valdespin to third base. Nieuwenhuis singled to drive home Valdespin. Phillies’ reliever Chad Qualls surrendered a single to Wright that brought home Torres. On the play, an errant throw by Orr allowed Nieuwenhuis to score the tying run and Wright to go to third. Duda singled against the Phils’ Antonio Bastardo to plate Wright and put the Mets ahead, 5-4. Bastardo got Murphy to fly out to Victorino and end the inning. Mets’ reliever Ramon Ramirez then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Bastardo and Philadelphia’s Jose Contreras teamed up to pitch a scoreless top of the eighth inning. Polanco got an infield single and moved to second base on a wild pitch to begin the bottom half. Mayberry lined out to Murphy and another wild pitch allowed Polanco to advance to third. Ramirez struck out Orr and was replaced on the mound by Tim Byrdak, who then retired pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton on an inning-ending fly ball to Torres.

Phils’ reliever Michael Schwimer issued a walk to pinch-hitter Mike Baxter to start the top of the ninth inning. Torres followed with a single to send Baxter to third base. A sacrifice fly by Nieuwenhuis scored Baxter and moved Torres to second. Schwimer struck out Wright and a single by Duda against reliever Joe Savery plated Torres with the Mets’ seventh run. Savery then retired Murphy on a grounder back to the mound for the final out of the inning.

For the Mets, reliever Jon Rauch got Rollins on a grounder to first baseman Davis to begin the bottom of the ninth. Pierre singled and Victorino flied out to left fielder Nieuwenhuis. Rauch then got Pence to ground out to third baseman Wright and end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.

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