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It was looking like another bleak night at Citizens Bank Park as Phillies’ starter Alec Asher (0-5, 9.00 ERA) gave up five earned runs before being pulled in the first inning, but the home team battled back to earn their second straight win over the NL East champion New York Mets.
Asher appeared uncomfortable from the start of the game, and a pair of multi-run homers by Daniel Murphy and Michael Conforto ended a disappointing evening for the Phillies’ pitcher, who was coming off his best outing of the season.
Darin Ruf started the Phillies’ comeback by cutting the lead to 5-2 with a two-run double in the third, and Cody Asche made it 5-3 with an RBI single in the 5th.
The Phillies took the lead in an intense 6th inning which saw both Mets’ manager Terry Collins and pitcher Hansel Robles ejected after nearly hitting Ruf with an inside pitch on a throw that neither the Phils’ batter nor the umpire seemed prepared for. It wasn’t the first time the Mets appeared guilty of “rushing” a pitch, and both benches briefly cleared following the incidient, although there weren’t any further altercations.
Following Ruf’s at-bat, shortstop Freddy Galvis tied the game with a two-run single, and later scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to give our Phillies the lead for good.
Phillies’ closer Ken Giles locked up the game, converting his 15th save of the year with a 1-2-3 9th inning.
It was an entertaining game for two teams with destinies that were already determined heading into the night. The surprising Mets will have a chance to win the World Series this fall, while the Phillies will only continue to evaluate their young talent as the season comes to a close.
With four games left in the season, the Phillies’ recent 4-1 stretch has made it possible that the squad could earn a moral victory by avoiding 100 losses. A 2-2 finish would end the season on a relative high note and end the year with a 63-99 record.
The Phillies will go for the sweep of the Mets on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. Jared Eickhoff (2-3, 3.07 ERA) will start for the home team, a pitcher who appears to have a great chance at earning a spot in the 2016 rotation. New York’s starter has yet to be announced. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.