Update: The Mets lost 9-5 to the Cubs.
The offense got it started early again when Rollins and Utley hit back-to-back doubles to go up 1-0 in the first. Shane Victorino scored in the 2nd on a Ruiz ground-out.
J.A. Happ was once again able to put together a good big league start, though his only blemish was a 2-run home run that he allowed with 1 out in the 7th inning to tie the game. That home run was only one of the 5 hits he allowed and he also struck out 5. After Happ got another out, Rudy Seanez came in to get the final out of the inning.
The eigth however looked a little scary. Kelly Johnson led off the inning with a double, but reached third base on an error. Omar Infante hit the next ball hard, but lined it to Rollins. Then, Seanez got Francoeur to chase a low pitch that he grounded to Rollins. Rollins fired the ball home to get Johnson out at home. Scott Eyre got Casey Kotchman to line out to center to end the inning.
The bottom of the inning was all smiles. Greg Dobbs lead off the inning with a pinch-hit single. Pinch-runner Greg Golson reached third base on a terrible pick-off throw by Jeff Bennett. After a Rollins ground out and intentional walk to Chase Utley, Jayson Werth hit a soft grounder to third. The speedy Golson slid in before the tag at home to make it 3-2. Howard followed it all up with a deep fly ball to left, but it was Pat Burrell who sent the crowd into a frenzy. Pat the Bat sent a 3-1 pitch deep into the left field stands to boost the Phillies lead to 6-2.
With Brad Lidge unavailable, Ryan Madson pitched the ninth to close things out.
Division Magic # = 4
Wild Card Magic # = 3
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