Mets battle back but fall short

The Philadelphia Phillies scored two times in the third inning on Memorial Day to snap the New York Mets’ scoreless streak at 28 innings, en route to a 8-4 victory:

Jon Niese started for the Mets and struggled to command his off-speed pitches, allowing four runs over five innings of work:

The left hander allowed only two hits and tied a season high with seven strikeouts but walked five batters (three of which scored).  After back-to-back two-out walks in the third, former Met Ty Wigginton made Niese pay with a two-run double, giving Philadelphia an early 2-0 lead.  After the Mets tied the score at 2, Niese opened the sixth with a walk to Wigginton before John Mayberry Jr. launched a two-run bomb chasing the left hander from the game.

Five walks, that’s pretty embarrassing. It’s one of those things where I didn’t have my good stuff. I didn’t have good command. I thought I should establish my fastball in a lot more early, but that’s the way it goes.”

GOING DEEP: Vinny Rottino and Scott Hairston each hit two-run game tying homers off Philly starter, Cole Hamels. Rottino’s fifth-inning blast, knotted the score at 2 and marked his second consecutive game with a home run. Hairston, who hit a three-run bomb on Saturday, tied the score at 4-4 with a two-run shot in the bottom half of the sixth.

TURNER TO THE DL: According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

Terry Collins said Justin Turner clearly is headed to the DL and will miss at least two to three weeks with a right ankle sprain, suffered while jamming his foot into first base on a rundown that ended the third inning Monday.

OH MANNY:  With the Mets down by one, manager Terry Collins called upon Manny Acosta to start the ninth.  After back-to-back single and a strike out of Shane Victorino, Acosta served up a three-run jack to Ty Wigginton (his second HR of the day) allowing the Phillies to break the game open.  Acosta has allowed runs in each of last three appearances (11 ER/ 4 1/3 IP) watching his ERA balloon to a putrid 11.86 in the process.

THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW: Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.17 ERA) will oppose Joe Blanton (2-2, 4.55) tomorrow night at 7:10 pm in Citi Field.




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