Oliver Perez pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, but the key moment of the game came in the eighth inning when Aaron Heilman struck out Geoff Jenkins and Jayson Werth with the bases loaded to end the inning.
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Heilman entered the game with a 10.76 ERA at Citizens Bank Park and the Mets know they will need him before it is over.
The Mets have now won five straight overall and four straight against the Phillies. Your thoughts on the game, whether you believe they’ve shaken any Philly jinx, and them going for the sweep tomorrow night with Mike Pelfrey?
GAME #16: Mets 4, Philadelphia 2
IN A NUTSHELL
Heilman and Duaner Sanchez shine in relief. David Wright is sizzling.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
Aaron Heilman on pitching poorly here: “You have to have a short-term memory. Itâ€™s not easy to forget. It definitely takes time. It doesnâ€™t come easy.â€™â€™
Willie Randolph on Philadelphia fans who cheered Jose Reyes’ injury from Friday: “That was Philadelphia, the fans, in general. We live in this culture where fans are that way. They make their feelings known and they love to hate. It was sad. It really is. The guy could have been hurt.”
1st INNING: Mets take early lead, but could have had more. Nice job by Perez for not fooling around and going after Phillies. Mets 2, Philadelphia 0.
2nd INNING: Phillies get a couple on against Perez, but he works out of it.
6th INNING: Perez pitched will today, but didn’t finish, giving way to Duaner Sanchez in the sixth. Interesting scenario for Sanchez as it wasn’t in a traditional set-up role.
7th INNING: Chase Utley homered off Scott Schoeneweis, but that’s going to happen. Perez pitched well, but the big picture is he didn’t finish it off. Nobody expects complete games these days, but another inning would have been nice. Mets 4, Philadelphia 1.
8th INNING: Heilman finished the inning strong. Maybe it will shake him from his Philly funk. Mets 4, Philadelphia 2.
Catcher Brian Schneider took a foul ball off the bat of Utley in the ninth on his arm and is day-to-day. … Billy Wagner earned his 362nd career save. … David Wright had two more hits to raise his average to .344.