Nick Evans smacked a 3-run homer in a 4-run first inning for the Mets, and they never looked back as they avoided a sweep in Philly.  They snapped a 5-game losing streak and bumped their record to 61-68.

The story of this game was told in the second inning.  Mike Pelfrey was threatening to do what Mike Pelfrey does all too often — let the game unravel out of control.  6 Phillies had already reached base in the inning, and 3 of them crossed the plate, cutting an early 4-0 Mets lead to 4-3.  But with the bases loaded, he was somehow able to get Hunter Pence to fly out and escape the inning with the lead intact.  Even more incredibly, he wouldn’t allow any more runs in the game, turning in an official quality start — 6 innings, 3 runs.  It certainly wasn’t a pretty stat line (9 hits, 2 walks), but it was enough for his 7th win of the year.

 

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3 Up:

-Nick Evans: Hit his second homer of the year, and made a case for a closer look in September.

David Wright: A 3-hit day, including an opposite field solo shot.

Bobby Parnell: Notched his first save of the year.

3 Down:

-Defense Overall: The teams combined for 4 errors, which led to a combined 5 unearned runs.

Justin Turner: Continues his August swoon (0-4 today) — he’s hitting .194 this month.

-The Dog Days of August: This was only their 6th win this month, against 15 losses.

On Deck: The Mets have an off day before coming back home for a 3-game set against the Wild Card-leading Braves.  First pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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