Scott Hairston collected a season high three hits — including a monstrous home run in the seventh — and drove in a career high 5 RBI to lead the New York Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-2, to even the three game weekend series at one game a piece. With a lineup that lacked David Wright, Ike Davis, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran — who missed his first game in over a month with flu like symptoms — the Mets torched the Phils for 11 runs on 15 hits knocking Philadelphia all star pitcher, Cole Hamels, out of the game after just 4 1/3 innings.
After Hamels retired the first two batters he faced, Scott Hairston stretched a single into a double before scoring on a pop fly that landed between Ryan Howard and Chase Utley on the infield grass to give NY the early 1-0 lead. The Mets extended their lead, 3-0, in the bottom of the third when Hariston ripped a 2-run double down the line to score Jon Niese and Justin Turner who reached base with a walk and single wrapped around an Angel Pagan strike out to start the inning.
NY picked up three more runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a Daniel Murphy home run — his 6th of the year — and a Nick Evan RBI triple which knocked Hamels out of the game. Ruben Tejada greeted reliever David Herdon with an RBI single to cap off the inning, giving NY a comfortable 7-0 lead. With the home run, Murphy collected his second straight multi-hit game (5-for-9), while extending his hitting streak to six games in the process. Over that span, he is 12-for-25 with three doubles, and a homer, as #28 has now collected a hit in 18 of his last 20 games:
The Mets were not done with the offensive output as the club plated four more runs in the bottom of the seventh. After reliever Danys Baez retired the first two batters to start the inning, the Mets did what they do best, score with 2-outs. Lucas Duda came to the plate to pinch hit for starter Jon Niese and ripped a double to left before Angel Pagan walked placing runners at 1st and 2nd for RBI machine Justin Turner. Turner drove in his 36th RBI of the season with a a single to right before the hard swinging Hairston collected his 3rd hit of the game, a 3-run blast (441 feet) that sailed well over the left field wall to give the Mets an 11-2 lead they would not relinquish.
After the game Hairston spoke with reporters about his career day, stating:
I think if you visualize success, sometimes it becomes a reality, I’m a firm believer in that. This game is very mental, so you try to stay on top of it as much as you can, and think positive.”
Jon Niese started for the Mets and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out six and walking one in seven innings improving to 9-7 on the season. With his team clinging to a 1-0 lead, Niese pitched his way out of a jam, which was created by a Ruben Tejada error, in the top of the third. After retiring the first two batters he faced, the left hander allowed a single to the pesky Jimmy Rollins before John Mayberry hit a grounder to short that Tejada muffed placing runners on 1st and 2nd with Met killer Chase Utley stepping to the plate. Niese quickly fell behind the tough left hander, but on a 3-1 pitch he induced Utley to ground out weakly to second base to end the inning and the Philly threat. Jonathan went on to pitch three scoreless innings of work before allowing two runs — one of which were earned — in the top of the seventh. After the game Terry Collins spoke about his starters performance:
He’s getting tougher. His mound presence is tougher. He’s starting to use his pitches much better. The more he goes out there and the more experience he gets, the better he’s gonna be.”
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