Posted by Craig Mitchell at 10:05 PM
Wednesday night at Citi Field, Matt Harvey got some run support for a change; the Mets take 2 of 3 from the Phillies with a 9-4 win. The Mets provided the Dark Knight with some breathing room scoring 3 times in the 2nd and 3rd innings against Aaron Nola. In the 2nd David Wright singled and then scored on a RBI double by Kelly Johnson. Then in an odd play, Domonic Brown missed a bloop down the right field line by Ruben Tejada and then went flipping over the short fence into to stands as the ball rolled to the wall and Tejada had a 2 run inside the park home run, the first inside the park job for the Mets at Citi Field since 2010, for Tejada his 3rd homer on the year to make it 3-0. In the 3rd, Curtis Granderson singled and scored on a RBI double by Daniel Murphy. Michael Conforto then lined an opposite field 2 run homer, his 5th on the year for a 6-0 Met lead. Harvey ran into some trouble in the 5th yielding 3 runs on 4 hits in the frame. Erik Kratz had a 2 run double to make it 6-2. With Kratz on third, Cesar Hernandez reached on an infield single to 1st scoring Kratz to make it 6-3. In the 6th Tejada drove in his 3rd run of the game on a fielder’s choice to make it 7-3. Darnell Sweeney made it a 7-4 game in the top of the 7th with a solo homer, his 3rd on the year. Tejada’s RBI single in the 7th brought home Kelly Johnson from 2nd to make it 8-4. Cespedes launched a solo homer in the 8th, his 10th as a Met and 28th on the year to put the icing on the cake for the Mets. Harvey was human on the night lasting 6 1/3 innings allowing 9 hits 4 runs (all earned) walking 1 and striking out 9. He gets the well supported win he’s now 12-7. Nola takes the loss falling to 5-2. Sean Gilmartin retired the side in the 7th on a double play completed when Hernandez ran out of the baseline. Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless 8th; Addison Reed pitched the 9th. Tejada led the way with the homer and 4 RBI, Travis d’Arnaud and Cespedes had 3 hits, David Wright, Johnson, Tejada and Michael Conforto all had 2 hits apiece as the Amazins amassed 16 on the night. With the win the Mets improve to 14-2 against the Phillies in 2015. They are 74-59 on the season and 45-24 at Citi Field. The Mets are currently 7 games ahead of the Nats in the NL East. That lead can swing ½ game either way pending the outcome of the Nats came against the Cards in St. Louis. The Mets are off on Thursday, Friday night the Mets travel to Miami to take on the Marlins. Jacob deGrom (12-7 2.32) goes for the Mets, Tim Koehler (8-13 4.12) goes for the Fish.