Phillies Swept by Mets in Home Finale
- Updated: September 22, 2013
After naming Ryne Sandberg their permanent manager this weekend, the Phillies managed to lose all three games at home against the New York Mets.
After a rain shortened loss last night, Cliff Lee took to the mound in search of his 15th win of the season and to salvage the series rubber match.
He was given an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Domonic Brown scored on a double by Kevin Frandsen.
The Mets would tie the game in the top of the fourth when Eric Young, Jr. singled to start the inning, followed by a double by Wilmer Flores. After Lee struck out Daniel Murphy, right fielder Andrew Brown grounded out to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, but Young scored from third.
The Phils gave the lead back to Lee in the bottom of the sixth inning, starting with a lead off double from Rollins. Chase Utley followed that with a single, and the Phils had runners on second and third with nobody out. Brown then singled home Rollins for a 2-1 Phillies lead, but that is all they would get in the inning.
Lee would again gave the lead back in the top of the seventh inning, when the Mets again went single, double. Wilfredo Tovar singled to Brown in left field to score Juan Lagares & Anthony Recker, and give the Mets a 3-2 lead.
Lee was done after the seventh inning and finished with eight strikeouts and three runs allowed on eight hits. B.J. Rosenberg replaced him in the eighth inning, and allowed a one out single to Murphy and then a two out walk to Lucas Duda. Lagares then doubled to right field and Murphy came around to score, making it 4-2 New York.
The Phillies would score a run in the bottom of the eighth, but were unable to tie the game after that. They went 3-13 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Lee suffered his seventh loss of the season, but has a very solid 14-7 record with an earned run average of 2.93.
Veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins closed the game out for the Mets, earning his 100th career save in the process.
The Phillies begin their final week tomorrow in Miami against the Marlins at 7:05. Roy Halladay will start for the Phillies against Nate Eovaldi for Mami.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
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