Mets win, move closer to play­off spot

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Rob Maaddi

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Jay Bruce and Robert Gsell­man made score­board-watching ir­rel­e­vant for the New York Mets.

Bruce home­red for the third straight game and drove in three runs, Gsell­man threw six sharp in­nings and the Mets moved closer to se­cur­ing a wild-card berth with a 5-1 win over the Philadel­phia Phillies on Fri­day night.

The de­fend­ing NL champions re­duced their magic num­ber to one with two games re­main­ing. The Mets be­gan the night atop the wild-card race, with San Fran­cisco one game back and St. Louis two be­hind.

Man­ager Terry Collins and play­ers in the club­house didn’t pay any at­ten­tion to tele­vi­sions air­ing the Pi­ratesCar­di­nals game. Collins said the team had no plans to cel­e­brate re­gard­less of the out­come in St. Louis.

“We had to take care of our own busi­ness and we’ve done that and we have to keep do­ing that,” Collins said.

Gsell­man (4-2) scat­tered seven hits and struck out seven in an­other strong per­for­mance. The rookie righthander has al­lowed only three earned runs in his last four starts.

“I think I’ve done a good job block­ing it out,” Gsell­man said of pitch­ing in a play­off race. “I’m fo­cus­ing on hav­ing fun and do­ing what I do.”

More Mets fans were in­side a half-empty ball­park on a wet, chilly night when Ryan Howard be­gan his fi­nal series in front of the home crowd. The blue-and-orange faith­ful screamed “Let’s Go Mets” and their “Bru­u­u­u­uce” chants drowned out boos from Phillies fans.

Stuck in a slump for nearly two months since be­ing ac­quired from Cincin­nati, Bruce ex­tended his hit­ting streak to six games. He fin­ished 3 for 4.

Philadel­phia starter Alec Asher (2-1) re­tired the first 11 bat­ters be­fore he ran into trou­ble with two outs in the fourth when Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes and Cur­tis Gran­der­son hit con­sec­u­tive sin­gles.

Bruce and T.J. Rivera fol­lowed with back-to-back RBI sin­gles for a 2-1 lead.

“I’ve pitched like I know I should,” Asher said. “I just want to carry on next year.”

Bruce con­nected in the sev­enth, send­ing his 33rd homer the op­po­site-way to left field. The Mets added two runs, in­clud­ing an­other RBI sin­gle by Bruce.

Ear­lier in the in­ning, Howard let Ce­s­pedes’ in­field pop fall un­touched near the first­base bag, al­low­ing a run­ner to score from third.

Howard hit a dou­ble to deep cen­ter his first time up and was 1 for 4. Cameron Rupp’s sac­ri­fice fly fol­lowed Howard’s dou­ble and put the Phillies ahead 1-0.

Robert Gsell­man had ‘em at arms’ length. TWO THUMBS DOWN Aaron Altherr looks lost. Jimmy Pare­des never did get it go­ing.

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