Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Given new life, the Philadelphia Phillies
capitalized and wrapped up a three-game sweep over the New York Mets with a
5-1 win at Citi Field.
The Phillies strung together four straight hits with two outs in the top of
the seventh inning after New York catcher John Buck dropped a Laynce Nix pop
up behind the plate.
Nix, pinch-hitting for starting pitcher Cole Hamels, wound up ripping a single
to left field. Jimmy Rollins followed with another base hit off New York
starter Jon Niese (2-2), who was removed after having thrown 117 pitches.
The right-handed throwing Scott Atchison took over on the mound and
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel countered New York skipper Terry Collins'
move by having Ryan Howard pinch hit for Kevin Frandsen.
Howard wasn't in the starting lineup because of his struggles against the
southpaw Niese. He has just one hit in 15 at-bats with seven strikeouts.
Ahead 2-0 in the count, Howard drove Atchison's offering to deep center field
for a two-run double that broke a 1-1 tie. He then scored on a Chase Utley
single to make it 4-1.
The outburst enabled Hamels to earn his elusive first win of the season.
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