Ellis' first hit with Phillies helps slay Mets
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[August 29, 2016]
NEW YORK -- A.J. Ellis' first
hit as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, a two-run double in
the seventh inning, snapped a tie Sunday afternoon and jump-started
a four-run outburst that carried the Phillies to a 5-1 win over the
New York Mets at Citi Field.
The Phillies (60-70) salvaged the finale of the three-game series.
The Mets (66-64) had their three-game winning streak snapped as they
lost for just the second time in the last eight games. New York
began the day 2 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race
for the National League's second wild-card spot.
The Phillies had just four hits in the first six innings against
Mets right-hander Robert Gsellman (1-1), who was making his first
major-league start. But Tommy Joseph, Aaron Altherr and Jimmy
Paredes opened the inning with singles against Gsellman, who was
then lifted for Hansel Robles.
Ellis, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in
the trade that sent popular Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz to the NL
West leaders, doubled on Robles' fourth pitch. Robles then
intentionally walked Freddy Galvis to re-load the bases before
plunking Peter Bourjos with a pitch to bring home Paredes.
Cesar Hernandez followed with a sacrifice fly off Jerry Blevins to
complete the outburst by the Phillies, who scored just five runs in
the first two games of the series.
Right-hander David Hernandez (3-3) earned the win with a scoreless
sixth in relief of Vince Velasquez, who allowed one run on five hits
and one walk while striking out seven over five innings.
Curtis Granderson lofted a sacrifice fly in the first for the Mets,
who lost shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a left knee injury in the
Gsellman was charged with four runs on seven hits and one walk while
striking out five.
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Phillies catcher A.J. Ellis (34) hits a two run double against the
New York Mets during the seventh inning at Citi Field. The Phillies
won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
NOTES: The Mets will promote RHP Rafael Montero from Double-A
Binghamton to start Monday's series opener against the Miami
Marlins. It will be the first major-league start since April 28,
2015 for Montero, who posted a 1.70 ERA in eight starts at
Binghamton after recording a 7.20 ERA in 16 starts at Triple-A Las
Vegas. ... Mets 2B Neil Walker (back) and LF Yoenis Cespedes (right
quad) were each out of the starting lineup due to nagging injuries.
... The Phillies gave up the "cycle" of homers -- a solo shot, a
two-run blast, a three-run homer and a grand slam -- on Saturday for
the first time since May 17, 1979. ... The Phillies entered Sunday
without an error in their last nine games, the longest streak since
a 10-game run from June 13-22, 2014.
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