Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud each hit
solo home runs to lead the New York Mets to a 6-1 win and series sweep over
the Philadelphia Phillies.
Duda had a pair of extra-base hits and was among four Mets with multi-hit
games. Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares also had two hits, and Ruben Tejada
reached base three times.
Jon Niese (1-0) allowed the Phillies’ only run in the first inning but
had to work out of trouble all night, finishing after 6 1/3 innings with nine
hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts.
Chase Utley was credited with an RBI on a first-inning groundout. Cody Asche
and Odubel Herrera had three hits apiece for the Phillies.
Jerome Williams (0-1) allowed five runs — four earned — on 10 hits and a
walk in five innings.
After tying the game in the second inning on Lagares’ RBI hit, the Mets
went up for good in the third. Williams hung a 1-1 curveball to d’Arnaud, who
lined it just over the wall in left field for his first homer of the season.
The Mets wound up scoring in five consecutive innings. Niese helped
himself with a two-out RBI single in the fourth, and Duda hit the first
pitch of the fifth inning over the wall in right center. In the sixth,
d’Arnaud and Duda teamed up to add an insurance run when the latter knocked in
the former with a double.
The Phillies opened the scoring in the first when Herrera led off the
game with a triple and eventually scored on Utley’s groundout.
Afterward, Philadelphia had at least two runners reach base in seven different
innings. The Phillies hit just 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and
left 11 runners on base. They left the bases loaded in the fifth when Darin
Ruf lined out to end the inning, and Andres Blanco and Jeff Francoeur each hit
into double plays to end innings.
Carlos Torres recorded two outs in the seventh after Niese left, and Alex
Torres pitched the final two frames for the Mets.
The Mets have won six straight Niese starts against Philadelphia … Williams
had thrown 14 scoreless innings on the road prior to the Mets’ second-inning
run … New York placed third baseman David Wright on the disabled list
and recalled Eric Campbell … Phillies starter Chad Billingsley threw five
scoreless innings on Wednesday in his second rehab appearance with Triple-A
Lehigh Valley … The Mets host Miami for four games while Philadelphia
continues its road trip in Washington for a four-game series.