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Duda Homers Off Cloyd in Rookie’s Debut Loss

Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd pitches in his Major League debut against the Mets. He allowed three runs in six innings. PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 29: Starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Mets 3, Phillies 2
WP – Matt Harvey (3-3, 2.76)
LP – Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 4.50)
SV – Frank Francisco (22)

PHILADELPHIA — It wasn’t exactly the debut Tyler Cloyd expected to have, but the 25-year-old walked away with an experience he will never forget.

Cloyd settled down after three rocky innings to start, but the damage was done. It was Luca Duda’s two-run homer in the 3rd inning that put the Mets up 3-2, the final score on Wednesday.

Cloyd’s fastball ranged from 86-90 all night, and it was hit hard often.

In the first two innings, Cloyd got three pop-up outs but also got tagged for three sharp singles and a double that set up the first run he allowed in his Major League career, an RBI single by opposing starter Matt Harvey.

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Phillies Take Rubber-Match; Lee Winless Again

Phillies catchers Brian Schneider (left) and Carlos Ruiz (right) celebrate after Ruiz’s two-run pinch-hit home run in the 7th. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Phillies 10, Mets 6
WP – Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 1.84)
LP – Jon Rauch (3-4, 4.09)

NEW YORK – Cliff Lee will enter the month of June without a win.

But despite that fact, the Phillies pulled another late-inning rally with Lee on the hill to beat the Mets 10-5, winning the series two games to one.

Lee went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out seven on the night. In his first eight starts, Lee is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA, hardly the type of record you’d see with a pitcher that boasts that ERA.

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Bullpen Blows Third Straight Against Mets

Mets 2B Daniel Murphy bats against the Phillies. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

New day, same result.

The Phillies got swept by the Mets, blowing leads in all three games. The Phillies blew a 2-0 lead in the 6th on Monday, a 4-1 lead in the 7th on Tuesday and a 4-2 lead in the 6th tonight, losing 10-6.

It is the first time since May 9, 2007 that the Phillies were four games under .500.

The Phillies took a big two-run lead in the 6th inning, putting Cliff Lee in line for the win. Freddy Galvis hit a go-ahead double to make it 3-2 and Laynce Nix followed with a pinch-hit single to make it a 4-2 game.

The bullpen woes continued for the Phillies. After Lee pitched well through six innings, the wheels fell off for Kyle Kendrick in the 7th, immediately blowing a two-run lead Lee left the pen to hold on to.

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Mets Shut Out Phils

Mets 3B David Wright circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the 1st inning off Phillies starter Vance Worley. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

The return of David Wright sparked the Mets offense in a big way.

Their star third baseman had a three-hit day, including a solo home run in the first inning in the Mets 5-0 shut out win backed by starter Jon Niese.

The left-handed Niese breezed through the Phillies order, pitching 6 2/3 shut out innings, allowing five hits and walk while striking out five.

The mets, carrying a 1-0 lead heading into the 4th, were able to tap into Phillies start Vance Worley for three more runs.

After Daniel Murphy scored on a double play ball hit by Jason Bay, Lucas Duda drove in Wright on a two-run homer off Worley. It was the second home run Worley gave up in the afternoon.

Worley lasted six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, four walks and striking out five.

In five of the Phillies’ first eight games they were held to two runs or less. This is also the first time this season they were shut out.

The Phillies also drew their fourth walk in the last five games, an indication on their lack of plate discipline this season so far.

WP: Niese (2-0). LP: Worley (0-1).

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Worley man-handles Mets

Phils starter Vance Worley throws with intensity. It allowed him to throw another gem, allowing a run on five hits in seven innings while striking out a career-high nine. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

It was a very relaxed night for Vance Worley and the Phils.

After getting himself in a couple jams in the 1st and 2nd innings, Worley settled down tremendously, both on the hill and at the plate. Another good game for him was put in the books and the Phils cruised to a 9-4 pounding to the lowly Mets.

Worley pitched seven fantastic innings, allowing only a run on five hits and a walk while striking out a season and career-best nine. He also had a nice day at the dish, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

He left the game with a 9-0 lead, thanks to big days by Shane Victorino, John Mayberry and Ben Francisco. Victorino homered and tripled while driving in three runs. Mayberry had a three-run homer in the 3rd inning.

But most surprisingly, Francisco went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. It was his first start in 31 games and he pretty much proved to Charlie Manuel that he can still contribute on this team.

Mayberry was playing first base today to give Ryan Howard another rest day. Francisco was in left field for the injured Raul Ibanez, who received a shot to his strained groin today.

The Mets got their final three runs in the 8th and 9th inning off Michael Stutes. Stutes wasn’t that sharp in his outing, allowing three runs on four hits, including a two-run homer to Lucas Duda in the 8th.

2B: Valdez (11), Francisco (10). 3B: Victorino (14). HR: Victorino (14), Mayberry (12).

WP: Worley (9-1). LP: Niese (11-11).

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