Bruce powers Mets past Phillies 5-4 to stop 4-game slide

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Aprile 21, 2017

The infielder actually had one of his best at-bats of the season in the fifth inning Tuesday when he doubled, but later was bailed out of a mistake by the Phillies when he was caught in a rundown but managed to return to first when the throw hit him.

Those pointed boos last summer at Citi Field have turned into a chorus of "Bruuuuce!" After getting swept over the weekend on their foe's final at-bat, the Mets look to rebound from a four-run 10th inning in a 6-2 setback when they play the second contest of a three-game series versus the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

After being swept by NY at home last week, the Phillies took advantage of a beleaguered Mets bullpen that is 0-4 with a 7.15 ERA during the four-game skid. Back in the clubhouse following his latest clutch performance, the three-time All-Star was in full royal garb, wearing a crown and robe awarded to the team's king of the game.

"I don't believe in must-win games in April, but it was good to get this one tonight", Bruce said. "Obviously I wanted to be here more than anything and I got that opportunity". He's a run producer.

Jose Reyes' costly drop of a routine popup allowed the tying run in the eighth inning and the veteran is hitting just.100 entering Wednesday's tilt versus right-hander Vince Velasquez, against whom he is 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Philadelphia pulled even in the eighth, but Cespedes singled leading off the bottom half and Bruce connected again, this time against Edubray Ramos (0-2).

The two homers were strikingly similar, line drives to straightaway right field that landed on protective netting behind the fence.

The Mets (7-7), whose losing streak hit four games, had just four hits.

"My mind is fine, I want to do good, I want to help my ballclub as much as I can", Reyes said. "He said, 'I'm the player you traded for.' And he is". "Obviously previous year, with what he went through here, it was great to see them applaud the effort".

In the ninth, Addison Reed gave up a one-out triple to Freddy Galvis, who eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by the next batter, Daniel Nava.

Rookie right-hander Robert Gsellman gave up three runs in seven-plus innings.

Wheeler put the Mets in a hole in the first when he surrendered a two-out homer into the Mets' bullpen to Odubel Herrera, but later stranded runners at the corners.

Velasquez, still looking for his first win since last July, was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh. You make one mistake, he can turn it around. "It's incredible what one pitch can do".

Philadelphia got an RBI groundout from slumping cleanup hitter Maikel Franco in the fourth and tied it in the eighth when Aaron Altherr blooped a double and scored on Michael Saunders' bloop single.

"Homers", Collins said. "More homers". "But I'd see them get a few hits here, from fourth through seven".

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