The New York Mets (18-13) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (14-18) tonight behind a breakout night from Ike Davis to bring the Mets to 5 games above .500, 1/2 game of 1st place and their high-water mark on the year. The series sweep of Philadelphia represents the first time the Mets have swept Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park since June 2006 and their first series sweep on the road this year.
Ike Davis broke out tonight in a big way to pad the Mets lead. After taking another 0-4 last night, Davis opened the night in similar fashion. After starting 0-2, Davis crushed a double to right-center that would help create a run before smashing his 4th home run of the year, his 4th of the year and 2nd 3-run home run at Citizens Bank Park of the year. Davis raised his average to a weak .179, but the game represented hope for the slugger who hasn't had a sniff of the success that he experienced in 2011 and 2010.
The Mets offense didn't get started until the 6th inning, but when they did they turned the engine on and floored it. After trailing 4-1 in the 6th against Cliff Lee, the Mets scored 9 runs after his departure, including beating up on Kyle Kendrick, who surrendered 4 of them. In addition to Davis' impressive night, Andres Torres blasted his first home run as a Met in the top of the 9th, a solo shot that just cleared the right field wall. Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Scott Hairston also contributed 2-hit efforts tonight.
Dillon Gee started for the Mets and was solid into the 6th inning but ultimately faltered, surrendering 4 runs in 5 2/3 and being beat around for 10 hits. Tim Byrdak, Manny Acosta, Jon Rauch and DJ Carrasco closed out the game, with Byrdak earning his 2nd victory of the year.
The New York Mets will seek their 5th consecutive win on Friday night against the Miami Marlins in their first visit to the new ballpark. Oh, and Jose Reyes is now hitting .229.