Mets Clobber Phillies in Soggy Philly

They sat through an hour and a half rain delay before finally starting Tuesday night’s Mets game in Philadelphia. It was well worth the wait because the Mets went on to drub the hated Phillies.

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Jonathon Niese went 7 strong innings in beating Phillies Tuesday night.

The Mets got on the board in the third. Ruben Tejada led off with a double and was sacrificed to third by Jonathon Niese. With two outs Daniel Murphy singled to bring him home.

Cole Hamels lost it in the fourth. With one out he walked Chris Young and Curtis Granderson. Josh Satin singled to plate Young to make it 2-0. After Travis d’Arnaud struck out, Hamels walked Tejada to load the bases. Then he walked Niese on a 3-2 count to force in a run to make it 3-0.

Niese did not allow a hit until two outs in the fourth inning when former Met Marlon Byrd finally broke through in a big way. He homered to left to cut the Mets lead to 3-1.

Daniel Murphy led off the fifth inning with his third hit of the night. He stole second and scored on a Chris Young single to make it a 4-1 game. With two outs Hamels hit Josh Satin and walked d’Arnaud to load the bases. Tejada singled to center to drive in two more runs to make it 6-1 and chase Hamels from the game.

Niese went seven solid innings, allowing one run on just four hits. He struck out five batters and walked one Phillie. Niese evened his record to 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.20.

Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jose Valverde pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to close out the game.

Mets win 6-1 to go four games over .500 for the first time since the 2012 season.

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