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Rally in 8th lifts Phils

Cole Hamels pitches agains the Mets on Saturday. It was his first win in New York. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The last two nights have been interesting for the Phils. Both times they waited until late before they decided to upend the Mets and twice it has succeeded.

The Phils used a three-run 8th to leap frog the Mets and win Saturday night’s game, 4-2.

The Phils started a two-out rally against the Mets, who used three different pitchers in the inning. Jimmy Rollins singled and stole second to put himself in scoring position for Chase Utley. Utley then proceeded to tie the game up with an RBI single.

Utley then stole second and took third on a throwing error. After Placido Polanco was walked, Ryan Howard came up huge with a two-run double of Mets lefty Tim Byrdak, who Howard was 2-for-14 in his career heading into the AB.

Cole Hamels got the win, his first in Citi Field in his career. He went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out 10 for his team high seventh win on the season.

The Phillies didn’t allow a base runner past the 4th inning. 17 straight Mets were sat down in that stretch.

Utley and Domonic Brown each had a pair of hits. Utley scored twice and Howard had two RBIs.

Jose Reyes and two hits and two runs scored for the Mets.

On Friday’s win, the Phillies tied the game up in the 8th at 3-3. The next inning, they scored three runs in the 9th off Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez as they beat New York, 6-3.

2B: Utley (1), Ibanez (10), Howard (13), Brown (3), Francisco (4).

WP: Hamels (7-2). LP: O’Conner (0-1). S: Madson (11).

Boxscore.

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2 responses to “Rally in 8th lifts Phils

  1. philsfaninnewyork May 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Not only is it his first win in Citi Field, but his first in New York, which includes 1 start at Yankee Stadium.

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