Four homers not enough as Mets, Harvey hold off Phils

The Philadelphia Phillies game against the New York Mets had a little bit of everything.

Players on both teams were plunked. Tempers flared. Benches were warned. A manager (Terry Collins) was tossed. And there were five solo home runs.

The only thing missing from the rather entertaining game, though, was a Phillies’ victory.

For the second straight day, the Mets held on and beat the Phils, 6-5, on Tuesday at Citi Field.

Matt Harvey, who entered the game with dominating numbers against the Phillies, was mostly pedestrian but pitched well enough to earn his second win of the year and first at home since 2013. He struck out eight and allowed three earned runs and five hits over six innings.

His counterpart did not fare as well. David Buchanan was roughed up for five earned runs on nine hits and sits with an 0-2 record and 11.42 earned run average.

After sitting out Monday’s game, his first of the young season, Chase Utley looked refreshed and sharp. Entering the game with just two hits on the year, he went 3-for-3 with two home runs, three RBIs and two runs scored. Cody Asche and Jeff Francoeur also went deep for the Phils, who score their most runs all season.

Still, it wasn’t enough as they dropped their third game and fell to 3-5.

Lucas Duda had a three-run double in the second as the Mets seize a lead they would never relinquish and Curtis Granderson, David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud each finished with a pair of hits. Daniel Murphy provide the Mets with their last – and what ended up a crucial – run behind a solo shot in the seventh.

The game got a bit testy when Harvey drilled Utley in the back in the fifth inning. Since Buchanan had already hit two Mets, the home plate umpire issued warnings to both dugouts to try and keep the game from getting out of hand.

Jerome Williams faces Jonathan Niese on Wednesday night in the series finale.during their game at Citi Field on April 14, 2015 in New York City.

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