The Mets bounced back from last night’s loss and pounded the Phillies this afternoon 11-2. Scott Hairston led the offense as Carlos Beltran got the day off, and Jonathon Niese pitched well in opposition of Cole Hamels.

New York Mets batter Scott Hairston follows through his swing as he hits a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh inning of their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York, July 16, 2011.

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New York rebounded nicely this afternoon, doing what they always do to Cole Hamels, knock him around. Scott Hairston had three hits on the day, two RBIs and an absolutely mammoth home run into the 2nd tier in left field. The homer put an exclamation point on a nice win for the Metropolitans.

Jonathon Niese was solid, pitching 7 strong innings, allowing only two runs. He pitched well with a lead, pounding the strike zone and keeping runners off base. He picked up his 9th win of the season. After an awful start, Niese has been awesome the last couple of months. He struck out six, walked only two, and scattered six hits. He’s lowered his ERA to 3.73.

Each player outside of the battery of Paulino and Niese recorded at least one hit, with the 3,4,5  hitters of Hairston, Daniel Murphy, and Jason Bay combining for eight hits. While Murphy also homered along with Hairston, he isn’t the typical power clean-up hitter, but he’s been effective out of that spot. He’s hitting .312 on the season and a big key to the Mets success.

With the win, the Mets even the series and will look to take the series as they send the struggling Big Pelf to the mound to face Kyle Kendrick. It is a key game, as the Mets cannot afford to lose a series to Philly in which they did not see Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee.

Game time, 1:05.

NYM Mike Pelfrey 5-8 vs. PHL Kyle Kendrick 4-4