Salisbury's Instant Replay: Mets 11, Phils 1
NEW YORK – The hapless Phillies were held to just three hits in an 11-1 loss to the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
The Phils’ sixth straight defeat dropped them to 36-46. The last time they were 10 games under .500 was July 22, 2002. Scott Rolen was traded to St. Louis days later.
The last-place Phils fell 12 games behind first-place Washington in the NL East.
The Phils are 3-7 against the Mets this season.
Starting pitching report
Vance Worley (4-5) had his worst start of the season. He gave up 10 hits and six runs in four innings.
Phillies starting pitchers have a 5.26 ERA since Roy Halladay went on the disabled list 33 games ago on May 28.
Lefty Jonathon Niese improved to 5-3 with eight innings of one-run ball. He held the Phils to three hits.
Raul Valdes, Brian Sanches and Jake Diekman combined to allow five runs.
At the plate
Carlos Ruiz smacked his 12th home run for the Phillies’ only run.
The top three hitters in the Phils’ order, Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Chase Utley, were 0 for 11 with a walk.
The Phils were 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and are a dreadful 2 for their last 31 in those situations.
Daniel Murphy had four hits and four RBIs for the Mets. David Wright drove in four runs, three on his 10th homer in the sixth.
In the field
Mets infielders made a series of gems. Second baseman Murphy and shortstop Ruben Tejada both made leaping grabs to take hits away from Hunter Pence.
Leftfielder John Mayberry Jr. could not make a play on Murphy’s long fly ball down the line in the first inning and it fell for a triple. Murphy scored the game’s first run one batter later.
Roy Halladay threw another bullpen session Tuesday and is on target to be activated shortly after the All-Star break. Halladay threw 56 pitches in his bullpen session. His strained lat muscle is completely healed. He is now trying to build his pitch count.
Cliff Lee (0-5, 4.13) opposes righthander Chris Young (2-1, 3.30) on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.