It was Fan Appreciation Day at Citizens Bank Park as the Phils played their final home game of the regular season. The Mets spoiled the festivities as they hit three homers, two by Carlos Beltran, to win 7-3.
Atlanta lost today, bringing the Phillies magic number to one. But with the Braves loss, the Phillies clinched a playoff spot, meaning if they lose out the season and Atlanta wins out, the Phils will still win the wild card.
Cole Hamels hopefully got his bad starts out of his system. The left-hander was chased early, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks while only striking out two in four innings. He gave up two homers in the start.
David Wright got the offense going with his solo shot in the second inning. New York scored three in the fourth inning thanks to a bases-loaded RBI single by Jose Reyes and a two-run double by Nick Evans that ended with Reyes getting gunned down at home. Jayson Werth dove for the line drive that bounced well in front of him, allowing two runs to score.
Beltran led-off the fifth with a solo homer, ending Hamels’ day. Beltran later hit a two-run shot in the ninth to end the scoring.
The Phils got three runs back in the bottom of the fifth when Chase Utley ripped a three-run homer to right to make it a 5-3 game. But that was the closest they would get in the game.
The Phils start up a series in Washington before traveling to Atlanta to finish the regular season. A win or Atlanta loss in the next six games will clinch them the division.
2B: Howard (23), Ibanez (36). HR: Utley (16).
WP: Acosta (3-1). LP: Hamels (12-11).