Saturday: Coundown to the Playoffs, Game # 20: The Phils’ rally comes too late as the Phils’ bullpen can not hold back the Mets as they drop one to the Mets, 4-3.

The bats wake up too late as the Phils drop one to the Mets, thanks in part to the bullpen being unable to hold back their rival to the north, as they lose to the Mets, 4-3. A victory by the Braves over the Cardinals lead to a tie for the lead in the NL East.

In the first, the Mets take the lead as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Jesus Feliciano, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on David Wright’s walk, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while Wright, who had just walked, would stop at third base. The Mets took a 2-0 lead as Jose Reyes hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Mets increased their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles to J. Feliciano and Angel Pagan, with J. Feliciano going to third and Pagan going to second on Raul Ibanez’s fielding error, and with Wright being intentionally walked, and with two men out, Davis hits a two-run single, scoring both J. Feliciano and Pagan, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead, while sending Wright to second base. The Phils started a comeback in the eighth as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Ross Gload, who had earlier doubled, making it a 4-1 Mets’ lead. Three batters later, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Victorino, who had moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s single, then went to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Utley’s ground out, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 4-3. The Phils tried to tie the game up in the ninth as they had a runner on third, John Mayberry, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Mike Sweeney, who had earlier doubled, and had (Mayberry) gone to third on Wilson Valdez’s ground out, 3-1, and with two men out. But they would be turned back as Hisanori Takahashi got pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz to end the game by grounding out, 5-3, recording his sixth save of the year.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 9-9 with a 4.85 ERA. David Herndon pitches to one batter, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitches to two batters, giving up two hits. Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson combine for one and a third scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Madson), while striking out a batter (Durbin). Mike Pelfrey gets the win as he pitches seven and one-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he strikes out five. Bobby Parnell pitches to a batter, giving up a run on a hit. Pedro Feliciano records his seventeenth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Manny Acosta receives his first hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning. Hisanori Takahashi records his sixth save of the year by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Brian Schneider, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Utley, Howard and Schneider’s hits being singles, with Victorino knocking in a run and Howard knocking in two runs, while Gload and Sweeney’s hits were pinch hit doubles. The Phils’ offense came to life too late to affect the outcome of the game, as the team fell into a tie for first place (81-61) in the NL East with the Braves as they defeated the Cardinals in Atlanta during the night.

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