Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/23/14
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets' march of misery continued at Citi Field on Thursday night, quickly hitting a new low against the resurgent Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies pounded Mets starter Jeremy Hefner with six consecutive hits to start their 16-1 win 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. The rout gave the Phillies a three-game sweep and kept them four games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second National League wild spot. The loss kept the Mets searching for answers, or at least an end to a season that has turned increasingly grim in the second half. It was their ninth straight loss at Citi Field, where they are just 4-24 since the All-Star break. The game, a makeup of Tuesday's postponement, was played before a crowd so sparse the public-address announcement...
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