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Hamels Deals, but Bullpen Fails Late

Cole Hamels entered Sunday’s matinee at Citi Field in search of his first win in 2014. He was coming off two rough starts against the Mets and Blue Jays in which he allowed five plus runs in each. Today he got another crack at the boys from Flushing, and turned in a performance that would make any mother proud.

Hamels allowed only one run today in seven innings of work. That run came in the first inning when Eric Young led off with a single. He would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error by catcher Wil Nieves. Hamels then walked David Murphy to bring up David Wright. Wright came through as he has all series with an RBI single to center, good for a 1-0 Mets’ lead.

The Phillies were resilient again today, tying the game right up in the top of the second. With two outs, Nieves doubled down the line in left. Third baseman Cody Asche followed with a double to left of his own to score Nieves and tie the game at 1-1.

The Phils would score two more in the fourth, and rather unconventionally. Ryan Howard led off with a single, followed by a Marlon Byrd double. With Howard on third, Domonic Brown hit a ground ball to first that Eric Campbell fielded and threw home.

Howard was able to dodge the tag attempt by Anthony Recker to put the Phillies ahead 2-1, and on the play Byrd advanced to third. Nieves then grounded out to shortstop, which brought Byrd home for a 3-1 lead.

Hamels had a few dicey innings this afternoon, but managed to only allow the one run on seven hits. He struck out 10 and threw a career high 133 pitches. He departed with a 3-1 for the bullpen to preserve.

Mario Hollands took over in the eight and though he allowed two men to reach base, neither would score.

The Phils would tack on some insurance in the ninth inning against Mets’ reliever Jose Valverde. With two men out, Jimmy Rollins worked a walk to bring up Chase Utley. Chase just missed a home run with a triple deep to right and off the glove of Eric Young. Rollins came all the way around to make it 4-1 Phils.

With both Jonathan Papelbon and Mike Adams unavailable, the ninth belonged to Antonio Bastardo, and he would not make it out of the inning.

After allowing a lead off double to Eric Young, Murphy stepped up and launched a moon shot out over the wall in right center to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3. After striking Wright out, Chris Young would double off the wall in left field.

That would be all for Bastardo, allowing two runs on three hits. Ryne Sandberg made an unusual move, calling on Roberto Hernandez to get the final two outs. The first man he faced was former Phil Bobby Abreu who singled sharply off the glove of Utley.

With runners now at the corners and only one out, Juan Lagares stepped up and grounded softly to shortstop. Rollins would throw him out, but Young scored to tie the game at 4-4. Hernandez escaped without further damage, sending the game to extra innings.

The blown save wasted the effort of Hamels, and cost him his first win of the season which would have also been the 100th of his career.

Jeff Manship pitched a scoreless 10th and came back out for the 11th. He allowed an infield single to Chris Young to start the inning. After a ground-out advanced Young to second, the Phils intentionally walked Juan Lagares to setup a potential double play. The next batter was Recker, who grounded sharply to Reid Brignac now into the game at third.

He made a great diving stop, but was unable throw Lagares out at second. With the bases now loaded, the batter was shortstop Ruben Tejada. He singled on the first pitch he saw to left center-field to win it for New York.

The Phillies came within two out of a sweep, instead the Mets salvaged  Sunday’s game and sent the Phillies home on a sour note.

They will reconvene Tuesday night at The Bank against the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05.

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