NEW YORK -- A few hours after Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel acknowledged his team needed to start winning or face the prospect of having veterans traded, the New York Mets did their part to keep the Phillies' losing streak going.
The Mets thumped Philadelphia 11-1 on Tuesday, racking up 15 hits in a rout that sent the Phillies to their sixth straight loss in front of a record Citi Field crowd of 42,516.
David Wright smacked his 10th homer of the season while Daniel Murphy tied a career-high with four hits, including a double, triple, and four RBIs. Ruben Tejada had three hits out of the leadoff spot and Jon Niese pitched eight innings of one-run ball while adding his own two-run single.
The Phillies scored their lone run on Carlos Ruiz's 12th homer of the season.
Despite Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. telling reporters Monday he still aimed to keep starter Cole Hamels, Manuel acknowledged before the game the heat was on before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline.
"Yeah, pretty much, so we've gotta start winning the next three weeks," Manuel said, when asked if the pressure to win was increased for the next three weeks. "We'd better start winning some of our games. I feel that way."
Mets manager Terry Collins tried to downplay talk of keeping the Phillies reeling before the game, saying he could only worry about his team. He added that the Phillies could soon have Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay back, so he didn't expect them to become sellers just yet.
But the Mets did an impressive job of showing how they created the 8 1/2-game gap between the teams.
Wright's three-run homer to center field in the sixth off Brian Sanches gave the Mets a 9-1 lead, and they added two more in the eighth.
The homer was Wright's 193rd of his career, which put him in sole possession of third place on the club's all-time list. After getting overtaken in the All-Star Game fan vote by San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, Wright was serenaded with "M-V-P!" chants from Mets fans.
The shot was also another two-out blow for the Mets on a night full of them.
Niese (7-3) didn't need all that much support, as he allowed just three hits while walking two and striking out three.
Phillies starter Vance Worley (4-5) was done after four innings, getting knocked around for six runs on 10 hits.
The Mets scored four of their first six runs with two-out hits, their clutch hitting making up for a couple of potential runs that were cut down on the bases.
Murphy was in the middle of each rally. He tripled down the left-field line in the first inning and scored on Wright's RBI groundout for a 1-0 lead.
After Ruiz's leadoff homer to left in the second tied it 1-1 in the top of the second, the Mets added three in the bottom of the inning.
They could have scored more, but Josh Thole got thrown out at third for the second out on Niese's two-run single, and Tejada was out at the plate to end the inning after Murphy doubled in Niese for a 4-1 lead.
The Mets tacked on two more in the fourth against Worley thanks to two-out RBI singles by Tejada and Murphy, for a 6-1 lead.
NOTES: Howard (left Achilles tendon surgery) started at first base and homered in his third straight rehab game for Class AAA Lehigh Valley (Pa.) on Tuesday. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he'd gotten reports Howard was "running better" in Monday's appearance. ... Halladay (right lat strain) threw a 56-pitch bullpen session before Tuesday's game and could return following the All-Star break, pitching coach Rich Dubee told reporters. ... Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from the lineup with a bruised right hand, an injury he sustained during batting practice, the team announced a few minutes before first pitch. Andres Torres started in his place. ... Mets left fielder Jason Bay (concussion) did some running, throwing and soft toss hitting Tuesday and said if things continued to go well he could return following the All-Star break... This was the second straight home game, in which the Mets set an attendance record at Citi Field, passing the June 24 mark of 42,364 against the Yankees.
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