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Bartolo Colón and the N.L. East leading Mets continued their recent domination of our Phillies with a 9-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night. The loss moved the Phillies to 1-11 vs the Mets this season.
Jared Eickhoff (1-1, 2.25 ERA) made his second career major league start for the home team, trying to build off his six shutout innings in his debut last week, but tonight, his results were mixed.
It was an ominous start to the game, as center fielder Obdubel Herrera allowed an error to the first batter of the game. The Mets would proceed to score three runs in the top of the first inning.
Eickhoff did bounce back from the rough start, retiring 16 straight batters before a couple of two out hits in the 6th inning gave the Mets their fourth run.
The Phillies offense cound’t get anything going off of New York starter Bartolo Colón (11-11, 4.68 ERA), who pitched seven scoreless innings and earned the win.
The Mets added two more runs in the eighth after a two-run homer by Michael Cuddyer off of reliever Hector Neris.
The Phillies offense finally rallied in the bottom of the 8th to cut the deficit to 6-4 after RBI hits by Andres Blanco, Cameron Rupp, and Jeff Francouer, but the Mets answered quickly with three more runs in the 9th off Neris and Luis Garcia to put the game out of reach.
With the Marlins loss, the Phillies remained one game behind Miami in the battle for fourth place in the division.
The Phillies will look to finally beat the Mets again in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday night. Aaron Harang (5-14, 4.67 ERA) takes the hill for the home team, opposed by Mets starter Jon Niese (8-9, 3.80 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.