Phillies Rally, Use Offensive Outburst to Bury Mets

Who would’ve thought that by the end of May, Carlos Ruiz would be Philadelphia’s hottest hitter, Cliff Lee would be winless, and Ty Wigginton had started dozens of more games than Ryan Howard at first base? Not me.

Ruiz, who just suffered a minor hamstring injury, has a 1.010 OPS which is ranked sixth in baseball. He, Wigginton, and Jimmy Rollins each hit home runs as the Phils rallied from an early deficit to beat the New York Mets, 10-6, on Wednesday. Reliever Antonio Bastardo was credited with the win, a victory that brings Philadelphia within 1.5 games of the Wild Card lead and 3 games of the division-leading Nationals.

Wigginton is congratulated by third-base coach Juan Samuel following his second-inning home run.

Following the game, in which he wasn’t able to get his first win, Cliff said, “Obviously we’d like to have Utley and Howard back, no doubt about it, but we’ve had guys fill their shoes, and if we play complete baseball, well-rounded baseball, we win. But we’re ready to have those guys back, no doubt about it.”

He allowed seven hits, three runs, two walks, one home run and struck out seven in six innings. He allowed a two-run home run to Lucas Duda in the sixth inning to hand the Mets a 3-1 lead, putting him very close to the loss. Chooch, however, came through in the clutch with a seventh-inning, pinch-hit two-run bomb to left center. The game was tied at 3.s

The Phillies then took the lead in the eighth. Outfielders Juan Pierre—who went 3 for 5—and Hunter Pence hit a pair of singles to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Ty Wigginton, who homered in the second, struck out, but Shane Victorino’s sacrifice fly to center field scored Pierre to give the Phillies the 4-3 lead.

They poured it on in the ninth inning, when Jimmy Rollins—who also went 3 for 5—hit a three-run home run and the Phillies scored three more to make it a seven-run game, 10-3.

There was drama in the 9th when Raul Valdes served up another bomb to Duda and the Mets made it 10-6, but shutdown closer Jon Papelbon came in and recorded the final out to give the Phillies the win.


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