7th Inning Meltdown Costs Phils

The Phillies are finding new and clever ways to lose games.

A horrible 7th inning sparked a four-run come-back by the Mets, beating the Phillies 7-4 and guaranteeing another series loss for the Phillies.

Joe Blanton and the Phillies completely blew the 7th inning in embarrassing fashion, spoiling a 4-1 lead. Blanton put two runners on before allowing an RBI single by Kirk Nieuwenhuis to make it a 4-2 game.

Charlie Manuel then pulled Blanton in favor of Chad Qualls and the wheels fell off. Qualls gave up a base hit to David Wright, driving in a run. But the Phillies botched a run-down and a Pete Orr throwing error tied the game up.

Qualls then allowed an RBI single to Lucas Duda and the Mets took a 5-4 lead.

The bullpen didn’t do a single thing to keep the game close, giving up two more runs in the 9th inning to make it a 7-4 game.

It spoiled the early offense the Phillies got off Mets starter Miguel Batista. Hunter Pence hit his seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot in the 1st and the Phils tacked on two more runs in the 2nd to give them an early 4-0 lead.


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