Rollins Reaches Record, But Phils Fall

The Phillies certainly took some early momentum when Jimmy Rollins launched the first pitch he saw into the right field seats, extending his hit streak and giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Slowly though, the Mets battled and wound up with a 6-5 win to hurt the Phillies wild card chances.

Jimmy Rollins first inning homerun bounced off the Bud Light sign deep in the right field seats as the Phillies took a quick lead and Rollins quickly tied the franchise hit streak record. The Phils' shortstop has now hit in 31 straight games, catching Ed Delahanty who accomplished the same feat in 1899.

With the loss, the Phillies fell 1 1/2 games behind Houston in the wild card standings, dropping the Astros' magic number to five. The loss also assured the Braves of at least a tie in the National League East as the Phillies stand five games behind the Braves with five games left to play. The Braves missed a chance to clinch when they lost to the Rockies 6-5.

The game plan for the Phillies seemed to be working as Brett Myers gave the Phillies seven strong innings. Ugueth Urbina (4-3) couldn't get an out in the eighth and Aaron Fultz failed to get Cliff Floyd when he came on in relief of Urbina. Ryan Madson entered and hit Mike Piazza with a pitch and gave up a sacrifice fly to Mike Jacobs as the Mets went up 6-5.

Myers threw seven innings, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven.

The Phillies tried to mound a ninth inning rally, but came up short. With two outs, Chase Utley doubled and Bobby Abreu walked before Pat Burrell, who homered earlier in the game, bounced back to the mound for the final out of the game.

Shingo Takatsu (1-0) got the win in relief for the Mets and former Phillie Roberto Hernandez threw two shutout innings to record his third save.

Tuesday night, the Phillies will send Jon Lieber (16-12) against Victor Zambrano (7-11). Zambrano is starting in place of Pedro Martinez, who has been shut down for the season. The Astros will be in St. Louis to open a two-game series against the Cardinals.


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