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Maikel Franco‘s hot bat continued on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to put the Phillies back in the win column as the team fell to the Mets 5-4 in 10 innings.
In the top of the eighth inning, Franco hit a go-ahead two-out single. In the bottom of that inning, the Mets had Daniel Murphy on third with two outs, representing the go-ahead run. Darrell Ceciliani chopped a ball to the left of the mound, but Franco charge and made a fantastic off-balance, barehanded throw to first to end the inning.
It was Wilmer Flores who ended the game for the Mets, hitting a walk-off single to score Juan Lagares to end the game.
Franco went 1-for-4 in the ballgame with a hit and an RBI. Chase Utley seems to be back into his groove, hitting 2-for-4 while also walking once. A bad spot to see was an 0-for-5 from Ryan Howard with four strikeouts.
A killer for the Phillies was not having a runner get to second base until the eight inning, when both Carlos Ruiz and Cesar Hernandez reached on singles against Mets starter Jacob deGrom. He left the game and relieve Hansel Robles enter the game. That’s when the luck changed in the Phillies favor.
Ben Revere hit a two RBI triple to clear the bases, followed by an RBI single by Freddy Galvis to score Revere to tie the game at three.
Jerome Williams started on the mound for the Phillies, but like deGrom, received a no decision. Jeurys Familia picked up the win for the Mets while Jeanmar Gomez earned the loss for the Phils.
Next up on the mound in the third game of this three game series with the Mets is right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, who hopes to continue pitching like as of late. He has allowed two or fewer runs in six or more inning in his last two starts, the first time since April 2011, when he pitched for Kansas City.
The Mets will send Noah Syndergaard to the mound for his fourth big lead start. In his last three games, Syndergaard has a 1-2 record with a 3.63 ERA.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.