Dillon Gee completely re-cast his 2013 season after a dreadful start, but he has yet to figure out Citizens Bank Park.
All-Star third baseman David Wright made an immediate impact for the Mets in his return from the disabled list, hitting a two-run homer in his first at-bat to spark the Mets to a 6-4 win Friday night. He had been sidelined since Aug. 2 with a strained right hamstring.
"Special people do special things," manager Terry Collins said. "He wanted to get back out there and wanted to finish the season on the field. That's why he's the captain."
Wright passed Mike Piazza for second in franchise history with 221 home runs and has 18 at Citizens Bank Park - tied with Turner Field for his most at any road venue.
Winners of four of six, the Mets (69-84) are trying to overtake the Phillies (71-82) and finish above fourth in the NL East for the first time since 2008.
Gee (11-10, 3.47 ERA) opened his season in brutal fashion April 9, when he gave up a season-worst seven runs over three innings in Philadelphia. He then was reached for six runs - five earned - in five innings there June 22 but did not get a decision in New York's 8-7 loss.
In each game, the Phillies hit three homers off Gee.
Gee, 0-2 with a 13.26 ERA in his last five appearances at Citizens Bank Park, may fare better with first baseman Ryan Howard sidelined with an inflamed left knee. Howard had three of those home runs and six in 15 lifetime at-bats versus the right-hander.
Since his last outing at Philadelphia, Gee is 6-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 15 starts and pitched 7 1-3 scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over Miami on Sunday. He's limited opponents to a .155 average (11 for 71) with runners in scoring position in that span.
Phillies counterpart Tyler Cloyd (2-5, 5.06), vying for a spot in next year's rotation, has shown little of what made him a potential start since being recalled. Cloyd was sent down to the minor leagues on June 12 with a 2-2 record and 3.41 ERA in six starts but has gone 0-3 with a 10.93 ERA in three after returning.
"The game starts with starting pitching," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "The rotation needs to be addressed and it will be addressed."
Cloyd's struggles continued at Washington on Sunday, when the right-hander allowed five runs and a season-high 10 hits in four innings of an 11-2 loss to.
In his last two outings, Cloyd has pitched well early - allowing one run in three innings both times - before struggling. Opponents are hitting .261 their first at-bat against Cloyd, but .321 and .327 in their second and third appearances.
"He has to be real good with his command," Sandberg said. "And it seemed like today as the game got into the fourth it looked like balls started to be elevated a little bit and caught a lot of the plate."
Cloyd split two starts versus the Mets last year, losing his major league debut but winning the most recent outing on Sept. 20, 2012.
|New York Mets|
|September 19, 2013||Ruben Tejada||Day-to-Day||Broken right fibula - out for season|
|September 17, 2013||Travis d'Arnaud||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right shoulder|
|September 14, 2013||Frank Francisco||Day-to-Day||Thumb contusion|
|September 10, 2013||Justin Turner||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|September 09, 2013||Scott Rice||60-Day DL||Sports hernia|
|September 02, 2013||Ike Davis||60-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|August 30, 2013||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right Achilles|
|August 28, 2013||Cody Asche||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|August 26, 2013||Casper Wells||15-Day DL||Vision complications|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|August 15, 2013||John Lannan||60-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|August 14, 2013||John Lannan||Day-to-Day||Knee|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- David Wright still doesn't feel completely comfortable in his second game back from injury, though he's not showing it.
Wright and Daniel Murphy hit solo home runs and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Saturday night in a game called in the top of the seventh inning because of rain.
"I felt OK, I've been lucky getting in some hitters' counts," Wright said. "Still defensively not reacting the way I want to. That's gonna take more than two games."
The teams played in the rain before the game was halted, and it was called after a wait of 1 hour, 28 minutes.
Wright connected for the third consecutive game and second straight day since returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for more than a month. He has the most homers by any visiting player at Citizens Bank Park with 19.
Wright drew a walk with one out in the seventh, heading to first base as the Phillies were already coming off the field because of the rain delay.
"It means a lot obviously," Mets starter Dillon Gee said of Wright's return. "He comes back and in two games hits two home runs. He's an unbelievable player. I know we're glad to have him back."
The Mets have won five of their last six series in Philadelphia.
Murphy broke a 1-all tie with a homer in a four-run sixth. His 12th homer of the season tied a career high set in 2009.
Juan Lagares chased Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd (2-6) from the game with a two-run triple in the sixth. Lagares was 1 for 31 at the plate before the hit.
Dillon Gee (12-10) yielded four runs on seven hits with a walk while going the distance. Three of those runs came in a rain-soaked sixth inning.
"I knew that the mound was a little wet, the ball was probably a little wet, but up until then he pitched very well," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Dillon's just continued to do what he's pretty much been doing the entire second half, and that's make pitch after pitch. In the sixth all of a sudden it was gone, but it could've been the conditions."
Cloyd lasted just five-plus innings for Philadelphia and allowed five runs on six hits, two walks and a hit batsman. In his last four starts, he has surrendered 22 runs in 19 innings.
"He seems to struggle sometimes seeing the lineup the second time," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He'll have another chance to pitch."
Domonic Brown singled in the second, made it to third on Darin Ruf 's infield hit and scored on a sacrifice fly, barely avoiding catcher Travis d'Arnaud's tag.
"He's running good. He's 100 percent," Sandberg said. "He did some good baserunning tonight and set up the first run."
Cesar Hernandez , Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley hit consecutive doubles in the sixth to spark a three-run inning. Carlos Ruiz picked up an RBI groundout and Utley scored on a wild pitch.
NOTES: The Mets said RHP Zack Wheeler will be shut down for the remainder of the year. Wheeler went 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in his rookie season. ... Collins said Wright will still get his scheduled day off Sunday, despite playing just six innings Saturday. ... Before the game, fans gave a loud ovation for Charlie Manuel , who was not present but received the Phillies' Dallas Green Award for Special Achievement. Manuel won his 1,000th career game as manager days before he was fired on Aug. 16. Rollins and Utley accepted the award in his absence. ... In the series finale and the Phillies' final home game of the year on Sunday, LHP Cliff Lee (14-6, 2.95) will oppose Mets RHP Carlos Torres (3-5, 3.48).