New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Zach Wheeler pitched 6 2/3 strong frames while Lukas Duda and Daniel Murphy backed him up with three RBIs apiece as the New York Mets routed the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-2, in the rubbermatch of a three-game set Wednesday at Citi Field.
Wheeler (6-8) allowed two runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts for his sixth straight quality start as the Mets improved to 52-56.
Wheeler was on course to tying a franchise record before Jimmy Rollins launched a pinch-hit homer to pull Philadelphia within 4-2.
Rollins’ long ball ended Wheeler’s five-game streak of limiting opponents to one earned run while completing at least six innings — one shy of matching the franchise record set by R.A. Dickey, David Cone, Nolan Ryan and Jerry Koosman.
Duda, for his part, produced his 58th, 59th and 60th RBIs, surpassing his 2012 total (57) for a new career high while Murphy ended his homerless drought since July 1 with an opposite-field homer.
Starter Kyle Kendrick (5-11) took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six frames as the Phillies dropped to 47-61.
Ryan Howard’s RBI double in the fifth gave Kendricks a 1-0 lead but the Mets answered in the bottom part of the frame.
After Juan Lagares and Ruben Tejada singled and Wheeler bunted them ahead, Curtis Granderson walked to load the bases with one out.
Kendrick issued a wild pitch that evened the score before Murphy launched an opposite-field homer over the left-field wall for a 4-1 lead.
After Rollins’ long ball, Duda sparked the Mets’ five-run seventh with an RBI single against Mario Hollands for a 9-2 lead.
Duda added a two-run homer in the eighth against Phillippe Aumont for the final count.