Phillies SP Cliff Lee dominated the Mets through eight innings. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Phillies 3, Mets 1
WP – Cliff Lee (6-7, 3.27)
LP – R.A. Dickey (18-6, 2.67)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (35)
QUEENS, NY — Things were starting to get a little worrisome for the Phillies after dropping three games in Houston.
But they snapped out of it, and continued on their way to a historical comeback in the standings with an important 3-1 win over the Mets. The win brought the Phillies to 3.5 games back with the Cardinals having the day off.
Cliff Lee was dominant again, continuing back on his path to the dominant Lee of 2011. He went eight innings, allowing only a run on seven hits and a walk, striking out 10.
Lee’s 10 strikeouts gave him his fourth double-digit strike out game of the season. He at-pitched a Cy Young candidate in R.A. Dickey, who allowed three runs, two earned while striking out eight in seven innings of work.
Dickey gave the Phillies their first run in the 1st inning. After striking out Jimmy Rollins, the pitch got away from catcher Mike Nickeas and Rollins was safe at first.
Then on a pick-off attempt, Dickey threw the ball away and Rollins moved to second. He then advanced on a ground out by John Mayberry and Chase Utley drove him home on a sacrifice fly to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead.
Rollins got the Phillies another run with his solo home run in the 5th inning. The shot was originally ruled a triple, but after a review it was overturned to a home run and the Phillies led 2-0.
New York scored its only run in the bottom of the 5th. Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single to score Nickeas, cutting the Phillies lead in half.
The Phillies tacked on an insurance run in the 7th on Domonic Brown’s fourth home run of the season. Brown finished the day 2-for-4 with a triple and home run.
3B: Brown (1). HR: Rollins (21), Brown (4).