The Mets got some good news before Wednesday night’s game in Philadelphia– Phillies starter Cole Hamels was scratched because of illness. Instead the Mets got to face some guy named Tyler Cloyd, making his major league debut. He actually pitched pretty well but the Mets got the better of him as they extend their winning streak to four games.
The Phillies took the lead in the bottom of the first when Ryan Howard hit a sacrifice fly to score Juan Pierre from third.
The Mets tied the score in the second. Scott Hairston led off with a double. Mike Baxter was hit by a pitch, and with one out Matt Harvey, who continues to hit as well as he pitches, singled Hairston home.
However the Phillies regained the lead in the bottom of the second. Following a single and a walk, Jimmy Rollins doubled to plate a run to make it a 2-1 game.
In the third Ike Davis singled and Lucas Duda smashed a line shot into the seats in right to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. It was Duda’s 13th home run of the season and his first since returning from the minors.
Cloyd went six innings and allowed three runs — not bad for your first game, but he still suffered the loss.
Harvey went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts. He evened his record at 3-3 to go along with a 2.76 ERA.
The bullpen then held the lead, with Frank Francisco pitching a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.
Mets win 3-2. They go for the sweep of the Phillies Thursday afternoon. The Mets haven’t swept a series since mid-June.