01222018

Anthony Recker’s blast carries Mets to 6-5 victory over Phillies

Anthony Recker (r.) powers the Mets past the Phillies at Citi Field.Kathy Kmonicek/AP Anthony Recker (r.) powers the Mets past the Phillies at Citi Field.



Anthony Recker does not exactly get to pick his spots, but he makes the most of them. The back-up catcher’s playing time has dropped with the development of young starter Travis d’Arnaud, but Recker takes advantage of his opportunities. Sunday, Recker blasted a three-run home run to lift the Mets to a 6-5 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.


The win kept the Mets (64-73) out of the National League East cellar, now 1 1/2 games ahead of the hapless Phillies. It was the Mets’ 13th win over the Phillies for this season, tying a franchise record of 13 wins in a season against their National League East rival, which they have now done five times.


Recker, who had not played in eight games, busted open a 2-2 game in the bottom of the sixth with a line-drive laser that cleared the left field feence off Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.


It was something of deja vu all over again, as Recker powered a three-run homer in his last game against the Phillies, Aug. 11 at Citizen’s Bank Park.


It was Recker’s fifth home run this season and the fourth that has either tied a game or given the Mets the lead. That is something of Recker’s trademark. The 31-year old has 12 career, major-league home runs and nine of them have been game-tying or go-ahead homers.


The Mets had a brief lead in the in the fifth, scoring two runs with two outs off Burnett.


David Wright singled up the middle for the second time in the day to score den Dekker to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the fifth. The Mets had tied the game on den Dekker’s RBI-double, scoring Juan Lagares, who started the rally with a two-out double.


That was Wright’s first RBI since Aug. 11 — or the first time he has driven in a run in 15 games.


Rookie Dilson Herrera collected his first major-league RBI in the eighth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off with a double and then stole third. Herrera’s second major-league hit, a ground ball up the middle, scored Nieuwenhuis and gave the Mets an insurance run.


That offense was enough for the Mets to hold on for the win.


Jeurys Familia had given up a lead-off home run to Domonic Brown in the eighth. It was the third homer Familia has given up this season and first since Aug. 13. Jenrry Mejia allowed a run in the ninth, but got out of the ninth — with a lot of help from a nicely turned double play by Wilmer Flores — to pick up his 21st save of the season.


Dana Eveland had worked the Mets out of a jam in the seventh as well.


Pinch hitter Freddy Galvis, who drew a lead-off walk from Gee, scored on Jimmy Rollins’ single off Eveland in the seventh. After that, with two runners in scoring position and no outs, Eveland got Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Grady Sizemore out to protect the lead.


That helped get Dillon Gee (6-6) his second straight win and just his third since coming off the disabled list July 9. Gee went six innings, plus one batter in the seventh. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits. Gee walked three and struck out seven.





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