Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/15/14
NEW YORK -- As they have kept alive their slim playoff hopes, the Philadelphia Phillies have refused to quit. New York Mets manager Terry Collins refused to answer when asked if he thought his team had done just that after another thumping, telling reporters they had to "ask them." The Mets' march of misery continued at Citi Field on Thursday night, quickly hitting a new low against the resurgent Phillies, who finished off a three-game sweep with a 16-1 rout. The Phillies pounded Mets starter Jeremy Hefner with six consecutive hits during an eight-run, nine-hit first inning. They bookended that with a seven-run ninth inning, including a grand slam by Ryan Howard off Josh Edgin, the rookie reliever Howard tagged for the game-winning homer in the ninth Wednesday. Juan Pierre tied a career high with five hits and he, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley each had two hits in the first, with each player driving in two runs in the inning. Utley produced four hits overall. The rout gave t...
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