Jimmy Rollins now has two home runs in his past two games and two in ten at bats against Zack Wheeler, but his pinch-hit round tripper on Wednesday in the seventh inning was white noise as the Mets offense exploded in an 11-2 rout of the Phillies.
Kyle Kendrick pitched six innings for the first time in his last five starts, but he picked up a loss to move to 5-11. He only allowed four of the Mets’ 11 runs on seven hits while striking out four.
Rollins pinch hit for Kendrick in the seventh, cutting the Mets’ lead in half with his homer to make it 4-2. The Mets responded by tacking on seven runs against the Phillies bullpen.
Mario Hollands only lasted 0.1 inning and Justin De Fratus wasn’t much better in getting the last two outs of the seventh inning. The duo allowed five runs on five hits. The Mets batted around in the inning as Curtis Granderson started off with a ground-rule double and struck out.
The Phillies offense did little to work back into the game. Juerys Familia tossed a 1-2-3 eighth after driving in two runs the inning before.
Domonic Brown walked in a pinch hit in the Phillies ninth and reached third base, but he stayed there as Ryan Howard grounded out to end the game. The Phillies stranded 11 base runners and had eight hits in the game.
Howard doubled in the first run of the game to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. He went 1-for-4 and was hit by a pitch.
Mets’ second baseman Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and two runs scored.