Originally written July 04, 2012 on MetsOnline:
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The New York Mets (44-37) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (36-46) last night by a score of 11-1. The Mets now find themselves alone in second place in the NL East, 3.5 GB the Nationals. Winning Pitcher: Jon Niese (7-3, 3.35) pitched eight innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks. However, he only had three strikeouts, which is rare for Niese when he pitches a great game. Niese usually really find ways to get called third strikes when his pitches are working well. Losing Pitcher:  Vance Worley (4-5, 3.46) was the losing pitcher for the Philles tonight. David Wright had another big game. Wright had 4 RBI’s, which included a three-run home run that really broke the game open. Wright leads the team with a .351 average, and has 54 RBI’s. Daniel, who also keeps raking in the big games, went 4-5 with a triple, two doubles and a single. Murphy had four RBI’s on the night. Murphy has been a huge part of the Mets offense lately, especially since Duda has cooled off at the plate. Murphy’s average has climbed to a solid .288. Tonights Sleeper MVP Picks: Ruben Tejada and Josh Thole, both had three hits tonight, and both are playing their positions very well of late. The Mets will need them two to keep hitting and fielding well to make a serious playoff push. David Wright’s Four RBI Game:  Your browser does not support iframes. Tomorrow: The Mets play the Phillies again tomorrow afternoon when RHP Chris Young (2-1, 3.30 ERA) takes on LHP Cliff Lee (0-5, 4.13 ERA).
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