Phillies Win After a Six Run Ninth

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IJuly 22, 2008

The New York Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies and have lost the division lead. The Phillies defeated them after putting on a magnificent comeback.

The Phillies actually scored first when a Jayson Werth single scored Ryan Howard. But the 1-0 lead wouldn't last because the Mets scored three runs in the third after a David Wright double that brought home Jose Reyes but not Endy Chavez. Chavez was thrown out a home. After Carlos Beltran got out Carlos Delgado hit a two-run home run to cap off a three run third.

The Mets did not stop there however, they were at it again three innings later when Ramon Castro hit a two-run homer of his own scoring Marlon Anderson and the Mets were leading 5-1. In the seventh the Phillies brought the game to within three when Shane Victorino hit a solo home run.

Starter Johan Santana was relieved in the eighth by Duaner Sanchez. Santana went eight innings giving up two runs and striking out four. Sanchez would not record an out.

He gave up three runs to a Carlos Ruiz fielder's choice and a So Taguchi double that scored Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino. Joe Smith then came in only to give up another run to a Ryan Howard ground out. The Mets' bullpen completely collapsed in one inning.

The Mets would score one run in the ninth off of a Carlos Beltran ground out that scored Endy Chavez. The final score was 8-6.

The key for the Phillies was their pitching that kept steady. Joe Blanton made his first start and did not impress going six and letting up five runs. Rudy Seanez and J.C. Romero let up no runs and Chad Gaudin didn't either. Brad Lidge picked up his 22nd save.