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Phils top Mets, give wild Hamels first win of 2013

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NEW YORK -- Ryan Howard took half the day off and still ended up tormenting the Mets.

Howard snapped a seventh-inning tie with a pinch-hit double, Cole Hamels earned his first win of the season and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of a crucial error to beat New York 5-1 on Sunday and finish a three-game sweep.

Rested by manager Charlie Manuel in the midst of a hitting tear, Howard got his chance anyway and drove a two-run double off the center-field fence to give Philadelphia a 3-1 lead. The big slugger has 23 RBI in his past 13 games against the Mets, including seven in this series.

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"It's not really an off day. You just don't start," Howard said. "Mentally you do things to keep yourself loose."

All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 4 with a double in his return to the Phillies from a 25-game amphetamine suspension. Even on the road, the popular Ruiz was greeted warmly with a chorus of "Choooooch," and one fan held a sign welcoming him back.

Freddy Galvis homered, Chase Utley had an RBI single and Hamels (1-3) overcame six walks, which matched his career high. The left-hander held the Mets to two hits and struck out eight over six innings in his fourth consecutive solid outing.

The 2008 World Series MVP was so frustrated with his command that he screamed into his glove in the fourth, when he walked the bases loaded before striking out pitcher Jonathon Niese to end the inning.

"I was able to get away with it. But it's not the best type of game for me," Hamels said. "I would much rather have liked to go deeper in the ballgame."

Working with his regular batterymate for the first time this season, Hamels helped Philadelphia to its first series sweep since last September -- also at Citi Field. The Phillies have won nine of 10 against the rival Mets since Aug. 30.

New York, which went 3-6 on a homestand against the Nationals, Dodgers and Phillies, has lost a season-high four straight and nine of 12 overall.

Niese (2-2) allowed one earned run in 6 2/3 innings, showing no ill effects from the comebacker that hit him near the right ankle and knocked him out of his previous start Tuesday.

The left-hander was lifted after 117 pitches, and once again Philadelphia immediately jumped all over an awful Mets bullpen that entered the day ranked next-to-last in the majors with a 5.28 ERA.

Hamels was pulled for pinch-hitter Laynce Nix with two outs in the seventh and appeared headed for a no-decision when Nix hit a twisting popup in foul territory. The ball came down near the Phillies dugout, but catcher John Buck was never able to settle under it. He tried to make a basket catch and the ball popped out of his mitt for an error.

"I should have had it," Buck said. "Just missed it."

Nix and Jimmy Rollins followed with sharp singles, chasing Niese. Mets manager Terry Collins called on right-hander Scott Atchison, so Phillies counterpart Manuel brought Howard off the bench.

He tagged a 2-0 pitch and watched it fly at first, thinking it was gone.

"I knew they were going to put Howard in, but Scott Atchison's breaking ball is really difficult to hit, I don't care who it is," Collins said. "His issue is he fell behind and tried to sneak a fastball by him. Didn't get it in, didn't make the pitch."

Utley followed with his run-scoring single, and John Mayberry Jr. added an RBI double in the eighth off Brandon Lyon.

"We were out of the inning. We didn't make the play," Collins said. "At our level, you give good teams extra outs, they're going to do some damage."

Antonio Bastardo, Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon finished the three-hitter.

Ruben Tejada hit a leadoff double in the first against Hamels and scored on David Wright's single.

Galvis reached down and golfed a low curveball over the left-field fence in the fifth for his second home run of the season.

"We knew we were kind of due for a series like this, and we'll try to keep it going," Nix said.

Notes

  • Major League Baseball posted on Twitter that umpire Brian O'Nora left the series opener Friday night because of a serious medical condition. MLB said he doesn't use tobacco products, contrary to several reports.
  • Howard, riding a 10-game hitting streak, has 10 RBI in his past five games after driving in six runs over his first 19 games. Despite that, he was rested ahead of the team's off day Monday to give him an extra breather. Kevin Frandsen started at first base and made a nice play to end the first inning.
  • Hamels improved to 6-10 in 22 games against the Mets.
  • Wright bobbled Ruiz's easy grounder in the first, ending a 77-game errorless streak that was the longest by a Mets third baseman. It also had been the longest active run for any third baseman in the majors. New York finished with a season-high three errors, one by Niese.
  • To create roster room for Ruiz, the Phillies designated backup catcher Humberto Quintero for assignment.
  • Slumping Phillies CF Ben Revere was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game while resting a sore quadriceps.
 
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Cole Hamels overcomes wildness (career-high six walks) and previous struggles vs. the Mets to get the victory.  (ULive)
Cole Hamels overcomes wildness (career-high six walks) and previous struggles vs. the Mets to get the victory. (ULive)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

J. Niese
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110000 .267
Kevin Frandsen, 1B3000000 .250
   a- Ryan Howard, PH-1B2112000 .286
Chase Utley, 2B5011001 .295
Michael Young, 3B3010101 .352
Carlos Ruiz, C4010001 .250
Domonic Brown, RF-LF4110005 .241
John Mayberry Jr., CF4011011 .238
Freddy Galvis, LF3111010 .222
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   b- Ezequiel Carrera, PH-RF1000001 .077
Cole Hamels, P2000010 .091
   c- Laynce Nix, PH-RF2110001 .261
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Totals3859513  
a-doubled for Frandsen in the 7th
b-flied out for Bastardo in the 8th
c-singled for Hamels in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard (7, Atchison), Carlos Ruiz (1, Niese), John Mayberry Jr. (7, Lyon)
HR - Freddy Galvis (2, Niese)
RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (16), Chase Utley (18), John Mayberry Jr. (6), Freddy Galvis (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (2), Chase Utley (4)
Team LOB - 7
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole Hamels (W,1-3) 6211680 4.78
Antonio Bastardo (H,3) 1100000 0.96
Mike Adams 1000000 3.60
Jonathan Papelbon 1000000 2.00
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 111-62, Antonio Bastardo 15-9, Mike Adams 15-11, Jonathan Papelbon 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 7-3, Mike Adams 1-2
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 26, Antonio Bastardo 4, Mike Adams 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS3120100 .241
Daniel Murphy, 2B4000013 .300
David Wright, 3B3011102 .309
John Buck, C4000022 .250
Lucas Duda, LF3000111 .250
Marlon Byrd, RF3000111 .235
Ike Davis, 1B3000111 .169
Juan Lagares, CF2000101 .125
    Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Baxter, PH1000000 .229
Jonathon Niese, P2000023 .250
    Collin Cowgill, CF1000000 .170
   b- Jordany Valdespin, PH1000000 .255
Totals3013168  
a-flied out for Parnell in the 9th
b-flied out for Cowgill in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ruben Tejada 2 (7, Hamels, Bastardo)
RBI - David Wright (19)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - John Buck (1, Dropped fly), Jonathon Niese (1, Throwing), David Wright (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (L,2-2) 6.2531131 3.31
Scott Atchison 0.1211000 4.35
Brandon Lyon 0.2211000 4.82
Scott Rice 0.1000000 2.03
Bobby Parnell 1000000 0.96
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 117-73, Scott Atchison 8-4, Brandon Lyon 9-7, Scott Rice 3-3, Bobby Parnell 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 7-12, Scott Atchison 1-0, Scott Rice 1-0, Bobby Parnell 1-2
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 28, Scott Atchison 3, Brandon Lyon 4, Scott Rice 1, Bobby Parnell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28990
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Field Culbreth