September 26, 2010: Mets Delay Phillies' Clinch

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Date: September 26, 2010
Mets starter: Pat Misch
Mets: 7
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Manny Acosta
Key player(s): Nick Evans, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Evans’ two-run double, Beltran’s home runs

The Mets and Phillies played the finale of their season series on a Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. A Philadelphia crowd of 45,302 was on hand as the Phils aimed to clinch the National League East in their last home game of the season. The Philadelphia faithful was left disappointed as the Mets came away with a 7-3 win.

After a scoreless first inning, David Wright hit a home run off Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels to lead off the top of the second. Hamels retired the next two batters and gave up a double to Joaquin Arias. He walked Henry Blanco intentionally and struck out Pat Misch to end the inning. Misch then set down the Phils in order in the bottom half.

Neither team scored a run in the third inning. In the top of the fourth, Angel Pagan drew a leadoff walk and went to third base on Ike Davis’s ensuing single. Arias hit a grounder back to Hamels on which Pagan was caught between third and home for the first out. Blanco walked to load the bases and Misch struck out. Jose Reyes singled to score Davis and Nick Evans followed with a double to bring home Arias and Blanco. Trying to score on Evans’ hit, Reyes was out at the plate on a throw by Phillies’ center fielder Shane Victorino.

After yielding a pair of one-out singles, Misch got Carlos Ruiz for a double play to end the bottom of the fourth inning. In the top of the fifth, Carlos Beltran homered to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Hamels was replaced by David Herndon, who completed the inning with no further scoring. Misch gave up singles to Wilson Valdez and John Mayberry, Jr. to begin the bottom half and retired the next two batters. Chase Utley followed a three-run homer and Ryan Howard doubled. Mets’ reliever Sean Green came in and fanned Jayson Werth for the third out.

Phillies’ reliever Vance Worley shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth inning. Manny Acosta retired three straight Phils batters after a double by Raul Ibanez in the bottom half. The Mets failed to score against Chad Durbin before Acosta and Pedro Feliciano held Philadelphia without a run in the seventh. In the eighth, Jose Contreras retired the Mets in order and Elmer Dessens shut down the Phillies.

Evans singled off Ryan Madson to begin the top of the ninth inning. Beltran followed with his second home run of the game. Madson walked Wright and was relieved by Danys Baez, who struck out the next two batters. Baez then retired Ruben Tejada on a ground ball to shortstop Jimmy Rollins to end the inning.

Hisanori Takahashi pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had their second consecutive victory in Philadelphia. The triumph prevented the Phillies from clinching the division title on their home field, forcing them to do it in Washington one day later.