May 9, 2012: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Phils

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Date: May 9, 2012
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 10
Phillies: 6
Winning pitcher: Tim Byrdak
Key player(s): Andres Torres, Justin Turner, Ike Davis
Key play: Turner’s and Davis’s doubles in 7th, Davis’s three-run homer in 8th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 10-6 win over the Phils.

Following a scoreless first inning, Phillies’ starter Cliff Lee pitched a perfect top of the second. Brian Schneider got a two-out single and moved to third base on a single by Freddy Galvis in the bottom half. Lee singled to drive home Schneider with the first run of the game. Mets’ starter Dillon Gee then retired Jimmie Rollins on a fly ball to center fielder Andres Torres to end the inning.

Rob Johnson singled with one out in the top of the third. Gee bunted into a force play and Torres drew a walk. Daniel Murphy hit a double to drive home Gee and tie the game at 1-1. Lee got David Wright on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Placido Polanco. Gee then set down the Phils in order in the bottom half.

Lee shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Polanco and John Mayberry got back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the inning. Schneider’s ground out to first baseman Ike Davis moved the runners to second and third base. Galvis grounded out to second baseman Murphy to drive home Polanco for a 2-1 Philadelphia lead. Gee then got Lee on a ground ball to Murphy for the inning’s third out.

Lee and Gee each hurled a scoreless fifth inning. Torres hit a triple to lead off the top of the sixth. Murphy went down on strikes and Wright singled to score Torres with the tying run. Lee got Scott Hairston to hit a ground ball to Polanco for an inning-ending double play. With two outs in the bottom half, Schneider hit a single to left field. Galvis followed with a double to drive home Schneider and put the Phillies back in front. Pinch-hitter Laynce Nix singled to score Galvis for a 4-2 Philadelphia lead. Mets’ reliever Tim Byrdak then retired Rollins on a pop-up to Murphy to end the inning.

Phillies’ reliever Kyle Kendrick issued a walk to pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis to begin the top of the seventh. Justin Turner doubled to drive home Nieuwenhuis. Davis hit a double to center field (with Turner stopping at third) and Johnson drew a walk that loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch to force home Turner and tie the game. Torres hit a force play grounder to second baseman Galvis to drive home Davis for a 5-4 Mets lead. Kendrick got Murphy on a ground ball to shortstop Rollins for an inning-ending double play. Mets’ reliever Manny Acosta then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Wright and Hairston started the top of the eighth inning with consecutive doubles off Kendrick for the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Phils’ reliever Jose Contreras struck out Nieuwenhuis and an error by right fielder Hunter Pence allowed Turner to reach base. Davis followed with a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 9-4. Johnson was retired on a fly ball to Pence. Contreras then retired pinch-hitter Mike Baxter on a ground ball to Rollins to close out the inning.

Polanco singled against Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Mayberry lined out to right fielder Hairston and a ground out by Schneider to Murphy advanced Polanco to second base. Galvis hit a triple to drive home Polanco. Rauch then struck out pinch-hitter Pete Orr to end the inning.

Torres homered against Philadelphia’s Brian Sanches to open the top of the ninth. Murphy hit a single and Wright flied out to left fielder Juan Pierre. Sanches struck out Hairston and got Nieuwenhuis on an inning-ending line drive to Polanco. Rollins singled against Mets’ reliever D. J. Carrasco to start the bottom half. Pierre went down on strikes and Shane Victorino popped out to shortstop Turner. Pence hit a triple to score Rollins with the Phillies’ sixth run. Carrasco then retired Polanco on a grounder to Turner that ended the game. The Mets had a sweep of the three-game series.

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