Saturday, December 27, 2014

Phillies fall to Mets, 4-3, in 11 innings

Gallery: Mets 4, Phillies 3 (11 inn.)

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 11th, lifting the New York Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Sunday in the third straight extra-innings game between the teams.

The Mets and Phillies split a pair of 14-inning games the previous two days, combining to play nearly 11 hours.

Duda came off the bench in the 10th to play first base, then connected in the 11th to help the Mets win for the fifth time in six games.

Ryan Howard hit an early two-run homer for the Phillies. Marlon Byrd hit a solo shot in the 11th.

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  • Josh Edgin (1-0) struck out the side in the 10th. Jenrry Mejia held on for his sixth save in as many chances.

    Phillippe Aumont (0-1), called up prior to the game to provide some help to the tired Philadelphia bullpen, got the first two outs of the 11th. After a walk to Travis d'Arnaud, Duda hit his eighth home run deep into the seats in left-center field.

    The teams conclude their rare five-game series on Monday night. Adding Sunday's time of 3 hours, 29 minutes, the first four games have taken 17 hours, 29 minutes over 48 innings, and the teams have employed 46 pitchers.

    Aumont was one of three relievers promoted by the teams from the minors Sunday. The Phillies also added left-hander Cesar Jimenez while the Mets brought up left-hander Dana Eveland Triple-A.

    Although neither figured into the decision, each team's starter gave the bullpen some rest. Cole Hamels went seven strong innings for the Phillies, allowing one earned run and six hits. He struck out eight and walked four, though three were intentional.

    Jonathon Niese tossed eight innings and gave up two runs. His lone mistake came against Howard, who had been 3 for 22 with 10 strikeouts before homering in the fourth for a 2-1 lead.

    New York came back with a run in the sixth on Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly to tie it at 2.

    The Mets had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Chris Young's sacrifice fly that scored David Wright. Third baseman Reid Brignac made an over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory, but his strong throw wasn't in time.

    NOTES: Jimenez pitched a scoreless eighth. ... Mets CF Juan Lagares left in the 10th due to right ribcage pain. He was a late scratch from the lineup on Saturday due to the same injury. ... To make room for Eveland, New York sent OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A. ... The Phillies placed Jeff Manship on the 15-day DL with a right quad strain and sent OF-1B Darin Ruf to Triple-A. They also designated left-hander Jeremy Horst for assignment. ... The series concludes at 7:05 Monday with Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73) opposing Phillies RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76).

    Aaron Bracy Associated Press
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