Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Phils slammed by Mets in series opener, 11-1

PBR -The Phillies wanted to turn the page following a disastrous first-half, but last night's contest marked an ominous start to the second portion of the season.

Vance Worley endured one of the worst starts of his career, allowing six runs on 10 hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out three. 

"It just didn't go my way," Worley said. "My last couple outings, I had worse control and got away with it. I was just trying to get the ball into play early, and they hit the ball."

The loss pushed the Phillies to 10 games behind .500, a spot they haven't been in in nearly a decade (July 22, 2002).

Jon Niese tossed eight strong innings for the Mets, surrendering one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out three. 

Daniel Murphy paced the offense, finishing 4-for-5 with four RBIs. He fell a home run short of hitting for the cycle. Ruben Tejada and Josh Thole each added three hits in the win.

Cliff Lee will attempt to turn things around and notch his first win of the season this afternoon when the Phils take on the Mets at Citi Field (1:10 p.m.). Lee is coming off his shortest outing of the season, allowing six runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings in Miami on Friday. 

Opposing Lee will be Chris Young, a tall right-hander that is 3-2 with a 3.35 in seven career starts against the Phils.

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