Phillies, up by 10, stave off Mets

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Charles O’Brien

The Mets fell be­hind by 10 runs early and fin­ished just short of what would have been the largest come­back vic­tory in team his­tory, los­ing 10-8 to the Philadel­phia Phillies on Satur­day night.

New York’s NL wild­card lead was cut to a half-game over St. Louis and San Fran­cisco, which played at San Diego later Satur­day.

Philadel­phia’s Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf each hit long a home run for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive night as Philadel­phia built a 10-0 lead by the fourth.

Sean Gil­martin (0-1) fell be­hind 3-0 af­ter 12 pitches and left hav­ing al­lowed five runs in two-thirds of an in­ning.

Jay Bruce hit his first ca­reer pinch-hit home run with one out in the ninth. Eric Camp­bell and Michael Con­forto then drew walks be­fore Michael Mar­iot got his sec­ond save by re­tir­ing Lucas Duda on a popup and Travis d’Ar­naud on a come­backer.

Gavin Cec­chini got his first two ma­jor league hits and drove in two for the Mets, who brought the ty­ing run to the plate in the eighth and the win­ning run in the ninth, but could not over­come the early onslaught. T.J. Rivera also had two RBIs.

Pressed into a spot start be­cause Noah Syn­der­gaard has strep throat, Gil­martin made more work for New York’s ex­hausted bullpen. Philadel­phia sent 11 to the plate in the first, and the Mets had to use six re­liev­ers af­ter call­ing on 16 pitch­ers dur­ing the first two games of the se­ries.

Franco’s 25th homer was a 422-foot blast to cen­ter that made it 3-0.

Af­ter Ruf’s three-run blast made it 10-0, Mets man­ager Terry Collins pulled some of his reg­u­lars to give them rest in a blowout. His bench play­ers then pieced to­gether some timely hits and the Phillies de­fense strug­gled dur­ing a nearly historic rally.

The Mets got their big­gest come­back vic­tory when they over­came an eight-run deficit to win 11-8 at Hous­ton on Sept. 2, 1972.

The Mets got four runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. In the eighth, Hec­tor Neris al­lowed Cec­chini’s RBI dou­ble, but then got Rivera to fly out to cen­ter and Bran­don Nimmo to pop up to end the threat.

Trainer’s room

Mets: Syn­der­gaard (strep throat) was sched­uled to throw a bullpen ses­sion. Depend­ing on how Syn­der­gaard feels, Collins said the righty could pitch Mon­day or Tues­day in Mi­ami . ... INF Wilmer Flores (wrist) is still un­able to hit. Collins said Flores wasn’t close to hit­ting.

Phillies: With the left­handed Gil­martin on the mound, Ryan Howard was held out of the lineup.

Up next

Mets: RHP Robert Gsell­man (2-2, 3.13 ERA) makes his sixth ma­jor league start in the fi­nal home game for the Mets. The lanky rookie strug­gled against the Phillies in his first start, al­low­ing four earned runs in six in­nings, but has only al­lowed seven earned runs over his next 22 in­nings (2.86 ERA).

Phillies: RHP Jake Thomp­son (3-5, 5.62 ERA) pitches Philadel­phia’s fi­nal road game of the sea­son. Al­though it was ex­pected that he would be shut down along with Vince Ve­lasquez, Thomp­son is in­stead look­ing for his third straight win.

JULIE JA­COB­SON — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Phillies catcher A.J. El­lis (34) con­grat­u­lates re­lief pitcher Michael Mar­iot af­ter Satur­day’s 10-8 win over the New York Mets.

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