Mets Further Dim Phils Hopes

The Phillies thought that all would come down to the final weekend in Washington, D.C. They forgot though that they had to beat the Mets in order to make all of the pieces fall into place. After two Phillies losses to the Mets, the Astros' magic number stands at three.

The Mets picked an unfortunate time to get hot if you ask the Phillies. Not only have the Mets won the first two games of their series in Philadelphia, but they've won five straight and eight of their last nine.

Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to New York put the Phillies 2 1/2 games behind Houston when combined with the Astros' 3-1 win in St. Louis. Any combination of three Astros wins or three Phillies losses gives the wild card to Houston.

Jimmy Rollins waited until the bottom of the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 32 straight games, setting a new franchise record. The hit was Rollins' 190th of the season, tying his career high that he set last season.

Jose Reyes finished the night 4-for-5 for the Mets and started the scoring in the first inning with a base hit and stolen base. From there, Marlon Andersen sacrificed Reyes to third and he scored on a ground ball from Carlos Beltran. The Mets added two more in the third when Andersen singled to drive home Reyes and Beltran followed with an RBI double, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead.

The Phillies picked up two runs off starter Victor Zambrano in the fifth. Jon Lieber doubled and Kenny Lofton reached on an error to put runners at the corners with one out. Lofton then stole second with Reyes missing the throw and allowing Lieber to score and moving Lofton to third. After Chase Utley walked, Bobby Abreu grounded out to score Lofton and cut the deficit to 3-2.

Phillies' third baseman David Bell left the game with a possible broken finger sliding into third trying to beat a throw from Beltran in the bottom of the eighth. Bell had walked and tried to go to third on a single by pinch-hitter Shane Victorino.

Lieber (16-13) pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walks. Ugueth Urbina and Billy Wagner each pitched a perfect inning in relief for the Phillies.

Juan Padilla (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to get the win and Aaron Heilman threw two shutout innings to record his fourth save of the year.

The series wraps up Wednesday night with Vicente Padilla (8-12, 4.61) going against Steve Trachsel (1-3, 2.78).

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